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This week is National School Bus Safety Week! It's a great reminder for all of us to make school bus safety a priority, whether you are a student riding the bus or another driver sharing the road with school buses.

This week is National School Bus Safety Week! It's a great reminder for all of us to make school bus safety a priority, whether you are a student riding the bus or another driver sharing the road with school buses.

Here are some important safety tips for parents/guardians to share with any children who ride the school bus:

  • Get to the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the bus arrives.
  • Wait at your driver designated place of safety.
  • Take 10 giant steps away from the bus when unloading.
  • Always follow the driver’s directions for how to cross the street.
  • Be alert to traffic and look both ways.
  • If you must cross the street, always cross in front of the bus and follow directions from your driver.


And here are a few important safety tips for other drivers:

Watch for flashing lights
Flashing yellow lights, near the top on the bus both front and back, indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children, so slow down and be prepared to stop. Flashing red lights are paired with the extended stop arm and indicate that the bus is stopped and children are actively in the process of getting on or off the bus.

Know when to stop
It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. Other tips for when to stop for a school bus in Ohio are included in the graphic. Please stop at least 10 feet from the school bus in either direction.

Graphic showing when vehicles must stop for a school bus in Ohio


Be aware of school bus limitations
Due to their large size, school buses have different limitations than your smaller vehicle.  Keep a greater following distance so you have more time to stop, and remember never to pass a school bus if it is stopped in front of you!

Don't drive distracted
Maintain extra caution when backing out of your driveway or parking space, when driving in neighborhoods and when approaching crosswalks. Keep your focus on the road ahead of you!

Finally, we are grateful to our Transportation team for everything you do to make sure students are transported safely to and from school each day!