It's School Bus Safety Week, a time when students are reminded of the protocol they should follow when riding a bus. What they do could mean the difference between life and death.
The Nebraska Safety Center from the University of Nebraska at Kearney reports children are most likely to be injured getting on or off the bus. For that reason, they're reiterating some basic measures all riders should take.
It starts with arriving at the bus stop five minutes ahead of pick-up time, to ensure they're not in a hurry. They should stand five giant steps, or ten feet, away from the curb while waiting. Children are instructed to wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, with the driver opening the doors and signaling an okay, before attempting to board.
In Nebraska, state law does not require seat belts on buses. Riders are urged to stay seated at all times while the bus is in motion, and to keep noise and distractions down to a minimum so the driver can focus on the road ahead.
Only when the bus has come to a complete stop and the driver has given the okay should students stand up to exit the bus. As they do, they need to look both ways. If they need to cross a street, they should do so ten giant steps, or 20-feet, ahead of the front of the bus. That way, the driver is assured of seeing them, and they won't be hidden from other drivers on the roadway.
Many metro schools are having safety drills this time of year, to ensure children remember the basics.