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Riding the School Bus

There are approximately 400,000 yellow school buses serving American elementary and high school students. 22.5 million school-age children ride yellow school buses to and from school every day.

Here are some Basic Rules concerning School Bus Safety:
On the way to the Bus:

  • Be alert, arrive at your stop early.
  • Always obey all traffic lights and signals.
  • Plan to walk with schoolmates whenever possible, facing the traffic.
  • When crossing streets, always cross at crosswalks and intersections.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street.


On The Bus
Take your seat quietly and quickly, remain seated when the bus is moving and don't get out of your seat when the bus is moving.
Keep your feet on the floor and never ever extend your hands, arms, head or any object out the window of a bus.•
Talk in a quiet voice, be courteous to the driver and schoolmates, and try not to distract the driver through misbehavior. 

AT the Bus Stop

  • Stand back from the curb.
  • Don't push or shove when entering or exiting and always use the steps and hand rail.•Always obey the bus driver and wait for the driver's signal before crossing.
  • Always cross at least 10 feet in front of the school bus.
  • Never, never crawl under the bus.


Exiting the Bus

  • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, cross ten feet in front of the bus or until you can see the driver.
  • Make sure that the driver can see you.
  • Wait for a signal from the driver before beginning to cross. When the driver signals, walk across the road, keeping an eye out for sudden traffic changes.
  • Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver has signaled that it is safe for you to begin walking.
  • Stay away from the bus' rear wheels at all times.

**Picture Caption: Hudson ISD Director of Transportatoin, Rick Lawrence is showing his Granddaughter Elizabeth the safe way to enter and exit a Bus.