Waiting for the Bus
When waiting for the school bus, please stay on your side of the road away from traffic.
Exiting the Bus
Look to the rear of the bus before you step off the bottom step. The Pupil Transportation Safety Institute advises that motorists may try to pass stopped school buses on the right shoulder where the door is.
Take five giant steps straight out the bus door and out of the danger zone.
Make sure you make eye contact with the driver and wait for the driver to signal you before you cross in front of the bus.
Never go back for anything you have left on the bus.
Never bend down near or under the bus.
New Jersey requires school buses to have seat belts or other child restraint systems that meet federal standards and certain minimum seat back heights. It requires students to wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt while the bus is operating, and relieves school bus owners and operators of liability for a passenger's failure to wear a seat belt if that failure directly results in an injury to the passenger (N.J. Stat. Ann. § 39:3B-10 and § 39:3B-11).
Teach your children the danger zones! School bus evacuations are done twice yearly and the safety exits, danger zones and other pertainent information are discussed with your child, however, talking about it at home could help save a life outside the school bus,