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Riding the Bus

School bus transportation is safe. In fact, buses are safer than cars! Even so, students need to remember these safety tips:
  • Have a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and the street. 
  • Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.
  • When being dropped off, exit the bus and walk ten giant steps away from the bus. Keep a safe distance between you and the bus. Also, remember that the bus driver can see you best when you are back away from the bus.
  • Always follow the driver’s instructions.
  • Use the handrail to enter and exit the bus.
  • Be aware of the street traffic around you. Drivers are required to follow certain rules of the road concerning school buses, but not all do. Protect yourself and watch out!

Walking to School

  • Mind all traffic signals and the crossing guard – never cross the street against a light, even if you don’t see any traffic coming.
  • Walk with a buddy.
  • Wear reflective material… it makes you more visible to street traffic.

Riding a Bike

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Wear reflective material.
  • Ride on bikepaths where available and with traffic when on the street.
  • Obey all traffic signals and use hand signals when making turns.
  • Lock your bike when it's not in use.
  • Register your bike with the Shaker Heights Police Department.

Riding in a Car

Most traffic crashes occur close to home. Safety belts are the best form of protection passengers have in the event of a crash. They can lower your risk of injury by 45%.
  • Everyone needs to be buckled up properly. That means older kids in seat belts, younger kids in booster seats and little kids in child safety seats.
  • Exit the car on the school side, NOT the street side.
  • Help keep children safe by dropping off and picking up students in designated areas only, not in the parking lot or bus loading zone.