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School bus safety for 2020



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School 2020 … what will it look like? None of us really know yet because plans and government recommendations seem to change day by day. One thing is for sure – it will look very different than ever before. If your children are among those who physically return to their school building, bus transportation can be part of their daily routine. Necessary use of face masks, special seating arrangements, alternative schedules and new loading and unloading procedures will also make this part of the students' day drastically different than before.

While there will be a lot to cover with your children when it comes to COVID-19 safety procedures, it is still important to also review basic bus safety. If and when your child (ren) starts using the bus, be sure to familiarize them with the process. If they are picked up / dropped off near the house, go with them the first few times and be sure to point out any dangerous places such as road junctions. Make sure they stay away from the roadside while you wait for the bus. Teach them to look for both roads for traffic when they enter a road. Know your bus schedule, so that children do not have to wait too long or rush to take a bus.

When you encounter a bus on the roadway, make sure you know your local laws about when it's OK to pass and when you need to stop for a bus that picks up or drops off students. For example, in my home in Ohio, traffic in both directions for a two-lane road (or three lanes if there is a lane) must be stopped completely. But on a road with four or more lanes, drivers on the opposite side of the road are not required to stop (always a pet mine by me, like stopping when you should not cause an accident), but drivers going the same direction when the bus has to stop. Always give school bus drivers extra space to maneuver.

If you drop your kids off at school, make sure you know and follow all the school's specific drop-out procedures. Try to drop in a place where children do not have to cross a street. Leave a safe distance between other vehicles in the parking lot and check carefully on all sides of your vehicle before moving. Do not block walkways, double park or park in unspecified locations. Beware of crossing flashes or crossing guards holding a sign and following their instructions.

Extra attention should be paid at any time around a school; because foot traffic, bus traffic, vehicles and children on bicycles often converge in a swarm. Always watch for children running out into the roadway. As anyone with children can attest: children are unpredictable, risky and tend to ignore dangers such as mobile traffic.

Share this video with your kids to strengthen bus safety and have a safe and healthy school year! [19659009] Sources: https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/seasonal-safety/back-to-school/drivers
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