National School Bus Safety Week

National School Bus Safety Week - Sterling, CT

October 17-21, 2022 is National School Bus Safety Week! Help your children learn how to safely cross the road at the bus stop!

Stand Back from the Yellow and Black

Safe Crossing Procedures

Exiting the School Bus

1.    "Check BEFORE You Step"
It has been reported that young people have been hit by bicyclists and passing motorists as they stepped off the school bus. A glance both ways before exiting the door provides that extra margin of safety.

2.    "I See the Driver, the Driver Sees Me"
Children should walk at least 10 feet (at least 5 GIANT steps) out in front of the school bus. The child should be in the driver’s VISION at all times.

3.    "Wait for the Driver’s Signal to Cross"
The driver, utilizing mirrors and proper crossing procedures, will signal the child to cross. Wait for the “Universal Crossing Signal.” – The Driver will nod their head. 

Crossing Safely

“Universal Danger Signal” The driver sounding the bus horn is the "Universal Danger Signal". This sound means the area the child is about to walk into is not safe. If the child hears the bus horn, they are possibly in danger of a passing car and need to go back, immediately, in the direction that they came from.

Use Backpacks or Book Bags Students should carry loose objects in backpacks so they are less likely to drop something while crossing in front of the bus. Do not attach things to the outside of the backpack, they could become caught on the bus. If the backpack should became caught on something near or on the bus they should leave it and move away from the bus quickly and wave their arms to get the bus drivers attention.


Red Lights Mean Stop!