Bus Safety – Elementary

Bus Safety – Elementary


[sirens blaring] … I can’t believe it!… Then he didn’t move, he just laid there on the floor of the bus. That sounds serious, is Jack all right? Well, when he didn’t get up, the bus driver called an ambulance! They came and took Jack to the hospital, the hospital! And you know what, the teacher had just talked about bus safety and not running in the aisles. When you ride the school bus, you need to follow the rules, like you do here at school. That means you need to follow all of the safety
procedures and show respect for the bus driver the bus itself and all of the equipment
on it the bus driver has to watch traffic and
take charge all the kids on the bus. It’s a big job the bus driver needs your help to keep
everyone safe how would you like to be a school bus driver? It isn’t
easy Wait for the school bus in a safe place don’t step off the curb until the driver opens the door then get
on the bus in single file there should be just one person on the
steps at a time your school bus driver is a responsible
adult who has special training and likes helping kids driving the bus is a very important job
your school bus driver trusts you to be a good rider and to do your part
to help keep everybody safe. Once in a while you may have a substitute driver you need to follow the
rules with every bus driver you have. if you could
be a school bus driver just one day you’d understand the
problems your bus driver had everyday, twice a day. the bus driver watches all the children in the large overhead
mirror to see that everyone is following the safety rules the bus
also has several cameras that record what
is happening on the bus making noise and moving around in the
bus makes it difficult for the driver to concentrate on driving It needs to be quiet enough for the
driver to hear the traffic noise. A quiet bus can help
prevent accidents and keep you safe. It’s also
important to stay seated and to face the front at all times. Don’t
stand turn around or walk in the aisle when the bus is moving Kids… you’ve got to stay in your seats and keep the aisle clear No feet, backpacks or lunch boxes somebody could get hurt. somebody already has, remember Jack? And never throw things, there’s too little space here and I have to keep all my attention on traffic I have to hear
police cars and ambulances so I can pull the bus over and get out of their way. And if a car pulls out in front of the bus I may
have to stop suddenly. Katie, leave that window alone. They’re that way for safety reasons. Remember what your teacher said, never stick your
arm or head out the window and never throw things out the window. If you don’t follow all these rules you could be given a bus
ticket or even lose your bus riding privileges We’re coming to a railroad crossing. Let’s see,
first I turn on the warning lights and then I
stop the bus so I can look out and make sure there aren’t any trains coming. Then I open
the door and window so that I can hear for trains coming No trains, so it’s safe to drive across
the track We’re coming to the next stop. I’m turning on the flashing warning lights to tell drivers
that they have to stop for the school bus I set the brakes and put the bus in neutral gear so there is no chance of the bus moving suddenly. The bus driver has to do this every time the buses stop to let children on or off. All the cars are stopped for the
school bus Ok, wait until the bus is stopped then you can turn and get out of your seat and get off Be sure to take all of your belongings with you when you get off the bus and don’t push the kids in front of you, somebody could get hurt and always use the handrail when walking down the bus steps the last step is a long way down. And this is really important, when you get off the bus move away from it onto the sidewalk or
driveway don’t play beside the bus or go into one of the school bus danger zones remember what the teacher told us when
you’re standing outside the school bus all the orange areas are danger zones
because these are the places where the bus driver can’t see you and
that can be dangerous because the driver can start the bus
without knowing where you are and you could be seriously hurt. I have
to be able to see where you are all the time and I have to watch for cars. Just stay where you can see the bus driver and you’ll be safe. if you can touch the bus
you’re too close and if you drop things in front of the bus or under the bus, don’t even think of going
after them while bus is stopped Let the bus driver know what you dropped. The bus driver will turn off the bus and get for you. If you have to get to the other
side of the street always cross in front of the bus so I can see you
When the bus stops I extend the crossing gate so that you
can’t get too close to the bus Remember this is the most dangerous
zone. You should cross well in front of the crossing gate, outside the danger
zone look at me wait until I signal with my hand for you to cross the street and also, look in both directions before
crossing the street. Even with all this checking the street, a driver might try
to pass the bus when he or she shouldn’t Remember that you should always trust the
bus driver and obey the driver’s instructions at all times. It’s always
important to follow the safety rules but it’s especially important be careful
during the snow season snow banks can pile up high and make it
harder to see oncoming cars and because snow is slippery
it’s easier to fall down so when there’s snow on the ground it’s extra
important stay away from the danger zone around the school bus you wouldn’t want
to slip and fall under the bus wheels. I wait until the children
cross the street. When all the kids are safely on the other side I close the
door, then I check the rearview mirror to make sure everyone is seated and quiet then we continue on the route. Not bad for a first-time bus driver, huh? Oh, one other thing, you’re used to getting on and
off the bus through the door and the front but in case of emergency there other ways to get out of the bus. Have you noticed the door at the rear of the school bus? That’s the emergency door and it’s there for emergency evacuations and hardly ever used. If the front doors are blocked
for some reason the emergency door is another way to get
out and when the door is pushed open far it stays in place so it’s easy to get out. Never try to close the
emergency door once it’s open there are no steps at the emergency door
so when you use it you’ll have to jump to the ground. There
will be students standing beside the door to help you once you’re on the ground you need to
get away from the bus. You should move about three bus lengths away from the bus and stay
together in a group in a safe place off the roadway in addition to the two doors, there are other ways to exit the bus in an emergency. The side windows open to become exits and there are two roof hatches
that can be used in certain kinds of emergencies. Chances are, you will never see
the windows and hatches used as exits, but it’s good to know they’re
there if you need them each bus is equipped with a first aid kit which the driver can use to treat minor
injuries in an emergency Your bus driver and the school patrol are
trained to make your trips to and from school as safe as possible and that’s why it’s important to do
whatever the patrol kids and the bus driver tell you to do at all times. I thought you would have to stay in the hospital. I’m glad you didn’t have to. They’re coming to my stop. Who’s going to drive the bus the rest of the way? I will, I will!!!!! Angie… Angie… Angie… It’s your stop. I know, I know… I know! I must’ve been asleep. remember to go straight home before you
play with your friends you don’t want your parents to worry! You know, driving a school bus isn’t an easy job. There’s a lot to think about. We can make the bus driver’s job easier by doing our job — following the rules we need to work together to keep
everyone safe and always remember riding the bus is a privilege, a privilege
you can lose if you don’t follow the rules anti how you liked feel like a already have
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