How to keep your child safe at the bus stop

SEYMOUR, Conn. (WTNH) — Parents may be ready to rush their children back on the school bus on that first day, but it is important to make sure children are being safe both while they are waiting for the bus and after they get off.

“The more involved the parent is with everything, any part of the whole school experience, is better for us,” said Brenda Bass, safety supervisor for All-Star Transportation.

Bass says a school bus is generally safer than the family car, but a bus is not without danger zones and blind spots. A danger zone on a school bus is the 10-foot radius around the bus. The buses blind spots are located in the 10-foot danger zone.

Bass says her company’s drivers have been working diligently to make sure they are prepared to do everything safely and that “it would be great if the parents did the same thing.”

Here are four safety tips for when your child is waiting for the bus:

1. Arrive at least five minutes early.
2. Wait until the driver stops, opens the door, and gives a head nod; then it’s safe to walk up.
3. Stay away from the curb.
4. Walk your child to the bus stop, then wait with them.

And four more for when they are getting off the bus:

1. Never walk behind it.
2. Make eye contact with the driver before crossing and make sure they see you.
3. If you drop something near the bus, don’t pick it up. Tell the driver.
4. Remind your kids to look left and right and left again before crossing the street.

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