GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The first day of school is just one day away and there are some important things to keep in mind for children and their parents riding a school bus this year.
Ensure children know and use the safest route possible to and from the bus stop. Teach children how to safely cross the street and use pedestrian crosswalks and traffic-lighted intersections.
Students must present their bus pass to the driver while boarding the bus.
Ensure children wear clothing that is easily visible to motorists. You greatly improve your children’s visibility when you put reflective tape or devices on your children’s outerwear, book bags or other carried items.
Five basic safety rules for riding the bus
Educate your child on the danger zones as shown on the image below. We ask that you and your children take extra precautions when near a school bus.
Teach them to never cross in front or, or behind, a school bus. Reinforce to your child that traffic in Europe does not stop for loading and unloading of school buses.
DoDEA behavior standards for students
Stress good behavior on the bus – good behavior and safety go hand-in-hand. On or around buses, student must conduct themselves in accordance with the following school bus rules.
Parents meeting children at the bus stop
When meeting your child at the bus stop, please take charge of the situation. As the adult, you can reduce risk to your child.