Return to classes brings reminders for school bus safety

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In just a few weeks, those yellow school buses will be back on Connecticut’s roads taking children to and from school.

Before that happens, bus drivers are getting ready – inspecting their buses, getting safety refreshers, and familiarizing themselves with their routes.

All-Star Transportation, which uses 850 vehicles to transport more than 40,000 Connecticut school children in 32 cities and towns, will be holding workshops to prepare drivers and monitors for the upcoming school year. These workshops will be held over the next two weeks in several communities.

All-Star Transportation reminds drivers, parents and children of these basic safety facts:

  1. Watch for children waiting or walking to their bus stops.
  1. When you see a bus with its Amber Lights activated, please slow down and prepare to stop.
  1. Never try to pass a bus when its red SOS lights are activated.
  1. Slow down and use caution near school zones.
  1. Have your children ready and waiting at their bus stops 5 minutes prior to their scheduled pick up times.
  1. Children should wait 10 feet back from the edge of the road at their bus stops.
  1. Children should not go towards the stopped bus until the driver signals it is safe with a head nod. This gives the driver time to check that ALL traffic has stopped.
  1. Remind your children to stay out of the bus danger zones. If they can touch the bus they are too close!
  1. Students should walk 10 big steps straight off the bus before turning in either direction to exit.
  1. Students should never run back to the bus or try to bend down and pick up something they’ve dropped.