Safe Crossing ProceduresWhen the school bus comes to a child's bus stop, it may be necessary for the child to cross the street to board or exit the bus. It is required that the child follow the "Safe Crossing Procedure" that was developed for school bus safety in New York State.
Exiting the School Bus
"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.
"I See the Driver, the Driver Sees Me"
Children should walk 15 feet (at least 10 GIANT steps) out in front of the school bus. The child should be in the driver’s VISION at all times.
"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.”
"Look Left, Right and Left Again"
Children need to stop at the front left corner of the bus, in front of driver and look both ways before they cross the rest of the street. This will help them spot passing motorists (on the left side of the bus) early enough to retreat to the safety of the bus. They should never run across the street without stopping to look.
- Safe Crossing Procedure for boarding the school bus
- “Universal Danger Signal”
- Use Backpacks or Book Bags