National School Bus Safety Week

National School Bus Safety Week
Posted on 10/18/2021
National School Bus Safety Week

This week (October 18-22) is National School Bus Safety Week. Below are the top tips for school bus safety for families from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


  1. Walk with your young kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Make sure drivers can see the kids at your bus stop.

  2. Teach kids to stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and board the bus one at a time.

  3. Teach kids to wait for the school bus to come to a complete stop before getting off and not to walk behind the bus.

  4. If your child needs to cross the street after exiting the bus, he or she should take five giant steps in front of the bus, make eye contact with the bus driver and cross when the driver indicates it’s safe. Teach kids to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.

  5. Instruct younger kids to use handrails when boarding or exiting the bus. Be careful of straps or drawstrings that could get caught in the door. If your child drops something, they should tell the bus driver and make sure the bus driver is able to see them before they pick it up.

  6. Drivers should follow the speed limit and slow down in school zones and near bus stops. Remember to stay alert and look for kids who may be trying to get to or from the school bus.

  7. Slow down and stop if you’re driving near a school bus that is flashing yellow or red lights. This means the bus is either preparing to stop (yellow) or already stopped (red), and children are getting on or off.


October 20, 2021 is also Kansas School Transportation Appreciation Day. In the Spring Hill School District, our bus drivers work hard and focus their efforts on keeping our students safe. If your student rides the bus, encourage them to wish their bus driver a Happy School Transportation Appreciation Day (or Happy Bus Driver Day for short) on Wednesday!