Our children begin and end their day riding a school bus.  Many children, sadly, are injured getting on and off their buses. But most of those injuries are preventable. How can they be prevented?

The National Safety Council released its “School Bus Safety Rules” to help prevent accidents and injuries to children riding school buses. We at KLH want to share a few of those rules for safely getting on and off the school bus. We also encourage you to visit the NSC’s website for the full report. http://www.nsc.org/news_resources/Resources/Documents/School_Bus_Safety_Rules.pdf

Please remind your children of these rules for their safety:

Rule 1: As the bus approaches the stop, your child should move back from the road and line up.

Rule 2: Your child should not begin moving toward the bus until it has full stopped and its door have opened for them.

Rule 3: When getting off the bus, if kids must cross the street in front of the bus, they should move at least 10 feet ahead of the bus along the side of the road, make eye contact with the driver, and wait for the driver to signal them across. Even then, our kids should always watch for sudden traffic changes.

Rule 4: When crossing the street and your child’s vision is blocked by a parked car or other obstacle, your child should carefully move out to where oncoming drivers can see her/him and vice versa. Only then should your child look left-right and then left again before crossing.

Rule 5: Stay away from the rear wheels of the bus at all times.

KLH hopes these reminders help keep your family safe.