First Day Back To School

First Day Back To School and Bus Safety Tips

back to school shoppingI can’t believe that the summer vacation is over.  It flew by quickly.  I’m sitting here, writing this post, while my kids still sleep.  Today will be the first day back to school.  My son had trouble getting to sleep last night, so I hope I don’t have a problem getting him up this morning.  I have his bookbag almost ready.  I just have to put a change of clothes in it.

Both of my kids have to be at the bus stop at the same time.  I’ll wait outside with my son, and watch my daughter walk over to her’s.  I’m glad that my son’s bus stop is at the end of our driveway.  I’m worried that my daughter’s bus stop is at a four-way stop intersection.  Cars zoom through the intersection without slowing down or stopping.  There were four children killed  in our state last year at bus stops.

Here are a few tips for parents to make bus stops safer for their child:

Getting On and Off the Bus

Warn children that, if they drop something, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver´s instructions. If they bend over to pick up a dropped object, they might not be seen by the driver and could be hurt if the driver pulls away from the stop.

Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus. Drivers in a hurry sometimes try to sneak by busses on the right.

Teach your children to secure loose drawstrings and other objects that may get caught in the handrail or door of the bus as they are exiting.

Give your child a note or follow your school´s procedures if you would like for the child to get off at a stop other than the one they are assigned. The driver isn´t allowed to let a child off at another stop without written permission.

If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited at seeing you after school that they dash across the street and forget the safety rules.

These tips are from NC Bus Safety, and you can find more helpful tips there.  I wish I could walk my daughter to her bus stop, and wait there with her.  Unfortunately, I can’t.  I have to stand with my son while we are waiting for his bus.  It’s time to wake up my kids, and get them ready for school.  I have a day planned out for me, without the kids.  It’s gong to be a busy day.  Have your kids started back to school?


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