This is the second in a series of articles regarding bus safety. Contrary to public opinion, it is not a student’s right to ride the school bus; it is a privilege. As such, it is a privilege that can be removed if it is not used properly.
Another misconception by many parents is that a bus driver should be able to see everything that occurs on a bus and maintain eye contact with traffic and road conditions at the same time. If you are a driver of any type vehicle, try keeping your eyes on your rear view mirror 100% of the time to ascertain what your kids are doing in the back seat while still maintaining control of your vehicle in traffic. Most of us wouldn’t accept that dare on our bravest days!
That is why it is so extremely important for parents to stress to their children the importance of following the directions of their bus driver the first time given. Most bus drivers have the equivalent of two – three classrooms behind them while striving to get students safely back and forth to school. Each of us should do all we can to help support them in that effort.
This list will concentrate on what students should do while riding the bus.