School bus safety
"We're in the business of ensuring the students' safety," Clay Community Schools Transportation Director Frank Misner said. For the tenth year in a row, all 74 school buses have passed the Indiana State Police 45-point inspection and are ready and available for passengers. "There are over 4,400 students in the corporation, and we will carry all of them at least once during the school year, whether to and from school, on a field trip or for a sporting event."
According to The National Safety Council (NSC), riding on a bus is actually safer than riding in a car.
In fact, most injuries involving school buses happen as students are entering or exiting the bus. That is why parents are encouraged to teach children of all ages about safety and the proper rules for getting on and off the bus before the beginning of each school year.
Students riding buses should remember:
-They should be at the designated boarding area before time for the bus to arrive.
-While waiting for the bus to arrive, students should be ready for school with all books and supplies properly stored in their bookbags and should not be roughhousing or behaving in a careless manner which could lead to injury.
-Once on the bus, a student should quickly find a seat, sit down, and avoid behaving in a loud manner which could distract the bus driver. Students should also keep the aisles clear of tripping hazards that could block the way in case of an emergency.
-When exiting the bus, a student should always stay a safe distance away from the bus while keeping an eye out for sudden traffic changes in the area.
Walking and biking safety
With several elementary schools located in neighborhoods, some students, when weather permits, either walk to school or ride a bike. Because of minimal supervision, these young pedestrians face a wide variety of situations, and decisions, that makes teaching safety rules to these students equally important.
Students walking or riding a bike to school should remember:
-To avoid any situation involving a stranger.
-To pay attention to all traffic signals and/or the crossing guard while never crossing the street against a light, even if no traffic can been seen coming.
-To walk with a buddy if possible and avoid short cuts that lead through alleys and private property.
-To get off and walk a bicycle through intersections.
-To wear reflective material for more visibility to street traffic and not wear loose or baggy clothing that could cause an accident if caught in the bicycle chain.
Parental drop-offs and student drivers
With early bird classes and many other school activities that take place before or after regular school hours, a large number of students need transportation that regular school bus routes do not meet.
Those using alternative means of transportation to and from school need to pay attention to the rules and regulations of the road while learning of the policy at the student's school regarding drop-offs and pick-ups.
"Buses and cars don't mix. Students should never be dropped off in the school bus area," Misner said. "Parents need to be aware that each school has their own designated drop-off and pick-up points for students arriving or leaving by car, and use them."