• Students must keep themselves out of the “danger zone.” The danger zone is the 12-foot area that surrounds a stopped school bus where the bus driver might not see students, or where cars might be moving when students are getting on and off the bus.
• Students must get to the bus stop 5 to 10 minutes prior to the bus arriving.
• Students should remain seated until the bus comes to a full stop and keep the aisles clear.
• Students must avoid loud or disruptive behavior that could distract the bus driver from safely operating the school bus.
• Students should never place their head, arms or any object out of the window.
• Students must never return to the school bus for items left or dropped without getting the bus driver’s attention first.
• Parents with headstart children must be “hand in hand” when loading and unloading students on and off the bus.
• Always stay away from the front and rear tires of the school bus.
“We’re ready and excited the school year. This is my 18th year as the transportation department supervisor. We had a lot of motorists run the school bus stop sign, but we had no accidents or fatalities," Tuft said. "As long as students follow drivers’ instructions, especially when loading and unloading the school bus, everyone will be safe.”
For more information about school bus safety, visit www.doe.k12.ga.us.