Deputy Birmingham's School Resource Officer Website
Office: Newfane Senior High School
September – School Safety Month
School Bus Rider & Driver Tips
Students riding a school bus should always:
- Arrive at the bus
stop five minutes early.
- Stand at least 5
giant steps (10 feet) away from the edge of the road.
- Wait until the
bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says it’s okay before stepping
onto the bus.
- Walk in
front of the bus; never walk behind the bus.
- Walk on the
sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least five giant
steps (10 feet) ahead.
- Be sure the bus
driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.
- Stop at the edge
of the bus and look left-right-left before crossing.
- Tell the bus
driver if you drop something beside the bus. Should you try to pick it up,
the bus driver may not see you and drive away.
During the school bus ride:
- Always sit fully
in the seat and face forward
- DO NOT distract
- Never stand on a
- Obey the driver
- Speak in a low
- NEVER stick
anything out the window - arms, legs, head, bookbags, etc.
- Be aware it is
illegal in every state to pass a school bus stopped to load/unload
- Know and
understand laws governing motorist’s driving behavior near a school bus.
- Learn the
“flashing signal light system” that school bus drivers use to alert motorists
if they are going to stop to load/unload students.
- Yellow flashing
lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload
- Red flashing
lights and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has stopped, and that
children are getting on or off.
- Begin moving only
when the red flashing lights are turned off, the stop arm is withdrawn and
the bus begins to move.
- Slow Down. Watch
for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks
in the neighborhood. Watch for children playing and gathering near bus