As passenger transportation safety records go, the Ontario school bus industry is one of the best. We are committed to finding better ways to enhance the safety of your child. Statistically speaking, your child is most vulnerable to serious injury in school bus-related accidents before they board or leave the bus. There are a number of blind spots or danger zones around the bus, which can present real threats to a child who lingers there. Through safety education at school and home, we can improve the probability that your child will arrive safe to and from school. Take the time to find out what school bus safety training is available at your child’s school and participate in educating them on the importance of school bus safety. Preparing your child for a school bus ride can save their life.
School bus safety of the young children is paramount to our school bus drivers. Not just anyone can get behind the wheel of a school bus. Our drivers are committed to student safety and are highly trained and skilled in watching traffic and road conditions, as well as managing up to 72 student passengers.
Here are some important tips and reminders when boarding or leaving the bus:
- Be at the school bus stop on time.
- Wait in a safe place well back from the edge of the road.
- Do not play in ditches or on snow banks.
- Enter the bus in single file holding the hand rail.
- Find a seat right away and stay seated facing forward at all times.
- Do not place things in the aisle.
- Avoid rowdy behaviour. Do not throw things or eat or drink.
- Keep your arms and head inside the bus.
- Never distract the bus driver. Always follow his or her instructions.
- When you leave the bus, move away from the side. If you can touch the bus, you are too close.
- If you drop something near the bus, never try to pick it up because it's quite likely the bus driver can't see you. Ask an adult or the driver to help.
When crossing the street to get on or off the bus:
- Walk at least 10 big steps in front of the bus, along the side of the road and look at the driver for a signal before crossing.
- Look all ways before crossing the road.
- Walk, never run, to where your parent or caregiver is waiting for you on the side of the road where the bus stops.
For more information on school bus safety:
Click here for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation School Bus Safety Resource Guide