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School Bus Loading Door Side Safety Instructions

How to Get ON the School Bus Safely If NOT Required to Cross the Road 

  1. STAY – on your side of the road, 12 feet away from the traffic.
  2. WAIT –
    • for the bus to stop;
    • for the door to open; and
    • for all traffic to stop from both directions. When it is OK . . .
  3. LOOK – for moving traffic both ways as you walk through the danger zone, directly towards the bus door and board the bus without delay.

DANGER - Cars May Not Stop!


  • Stay on your side of the road until the bus comes.
  • Stay at least 12 feet away from the edge of the road.
  • Wait for the bus to stop and for the door to open.
  • Do not step towards the bus until YOU look to be sure all traffic has stopped. The stop arm is asking the cars to stop, but they may not stop. If you see a car moving, do not move forward until it has stopped. When it is OK . . .
  • Continue to look in both directions for moving cars as you walk straight towards the door. Be sure your bus driver can see you.
  • Stay away from the front and rear bus tires and promptly board the bus.
  • Use the handrail.
  • Go directly to your seat.