Child Safety and Protection Month: Staying Safe on the School Bus

We’re all settling into the school year and (hopefully) have a routine of getting to school down pat by now. 

But it’s also that time of year that we all might be getting tired of waking up to an early alarm clock each morning, resulting in many kids running late to the school bus. November is National Child Safety and Protection Month, so there’s no better time to discuss tips to make sure kids make it safely to school each day. Below are some easy-to-learn steps to perfect your morning and afternoon routines. 
Conquer the Morning Routine 

Build a solid morning routine to get to the school bus stop a few minutes early to avoid running across the street to catch the bus. Visual schedules with images of what must be completed in the morning can help to make the morning run a lot smoother. Setting out clothes and packing lunches the night before can help as well. 

The Bus Stop 

Once you make it to the bus stop — hopefully on time due to your stellar morning routine — be sure to stay far from traffic. A good rule of thumb is to stay five giant steps away from the curb or road. If you do happen to miss the bus, remember to never run after the bus. 

Crossing the Road 

Make sure the bus driver can see you at all times when crossing the street. You can ensure this by making sure you walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus when crossing. Make sure to look both ways and check that the bus has come to a complete stop before crossing. 

Ride Safe 

Once the bus is on the move, be sure to stay seated for the entire ride. Just like they say at your favorite amusement park, keep your head, arms, and hands inside the vehicle at all times. Talk quietly, so your bus driver can be aware of the road at all times. Make sure your backpacks, sports equipment, and band instruments stay out of the aisle and in your seat with you, so they do not block your bus driver’s view. 

We’re Here! 

You may be excited to get into school once you arrive, but make sure the bus has stopped fully and your bus driver gives you instructions to exit before you get up from your seat. Make sure you have your backpack and all other belongings too. 

By following these tips, you and your classmates can have a safe and enjoyable ride to school each day. 

Author: Alexa da Luz Vani, MS OTR/L 

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional advice. The content is based on the author's personal experiences, research, and opinions. It is always recommended to consult with a qualified professional or expert before making any decisions or taking action based on the information provided in this blog.

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