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Back to school: School bus safety tips

Posted at 9:10 AM, Sep 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-06 09:26:57-04

It's been a couple months without those big yellow buses on the road and having to slow to school-zone speed limits, but fall is just underway and thousands of students are back to school this week.

As a reminder for students and parents, there are some things to look out for as the school year begins.

For bus-riding students:

  • Wait for your bus driver to give thumbs up and the universal crossing signal before crossing in front of the bus
  • Keep hands free, make sure shoes are tied before going up the bus steps. Use both railings at all times
  • Wear your seatbelt

First Student has employed new technology on many of its buses to ensure rider safety. The buses have security cameras, GPS tracking, technology that creates multi-point safety check routines and a system that forces drivers to check on and under each seat for any students still on the bus.

In addition to physical safety, drivers are trained to get to know their students, so they can detect any signs of bullying on board.