Monday, August 19, 2013
School bus safety--advice for parents
In fact, the big yellow bus passes in front of my house twice a day. My own child took the bus.
So one thing you have to think about is bullying--emphasized by the awful Florida incident of three larger kids whaling on a 13-yr-old--it was on the news.
But even worse are accidents--the Cincinnati Children's Hosp Medical Center says 19 kids die in crashes each year.
The child should arrive at the bus stop 5 mins before the bus, so no running in front of the vehicle. No horseplay--pushing in front of the bus (there is a huge blind spot). Also no going into the street to watch for the bus.
When boarding or leaving, kids should walk single file--no loose strings on sweatshirts or backpacks to catch in railings.
Sit facing forward, keeping the aisle empty.
Kids should not hassle or distract the driver.
When getting off--wait until the bus stops. If the child must cross in front of the bus, the child should wait until the driver signals it's OK. Kids should stay 5 giant steps in front of the bus to avoid the blind spot.
If the kid drops something, tell them to ask the driver to help.
Jeez, taking the bus is a minefield of danger!
Just kidding--I hope.