If children ride a bus to school, they should
plan to get to their bus stop early and stand away from the curb
while waiting for the bus to arrive.
Other safety steps for students:
Board the bus only
after it has come to a complete stop and the driver has
instructed you to get on.
Only board your
bus and never an alternate one.
Always stay in
clear view of the bus driver and never walk behind the bus.
Cross the street
at the corner, obeying traffic signals and staying in the
Never dart out into the street or cross
between parked cars.
Motorists should know what the yellow
and red bus signals mean:
ride in a car to get to school, they should always wear a seat
belt. Younger children should use car seats or booster seats
until the lap-shoulder belt fits properly (typically for
children ages 8-12 and over 4-foot-9) and ride in the back seat
until they are at least 13 years old.
If a teenager is
going to drive to school, parents should mandate that they use
seat belts. Drivers should not use their cellphone to text or
make calls, and should avoid eating or drinking while driving.
All drivers should be aware that children are out walking or
biking to school. Drivers should slow down, especially in
residential areas and school zones.
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Biking and walking
ride their bike to school should always wear a helmet, obey all
traffic signs and ride on the right in the same direction as
Those who walk to
school should only cross the street at an intersection and
should use a route along which the school has placed crossing
guards. Parents should walk young children and children taking
new routes or attending new schools, at least for the first
week, to ensure they know how to get there safely. Thereafter,
arrange for the kids to walk to school with a friend or
Take a Red Cross
first-aid and CPR/AED course so you'll have the knowledge and
skills to act if an injury or emergency happens. You can also
download the free
Cross First Aid app so you'll always have first aid information
at your fingertips. The app is available for both
To learn more preparedness and safety tips, visit
schools that are interested in a free Red Cross disaster education
presentation for their students and teachers should contact
or visit il-redcross.org to
[Text from file received from the
American Red Cross]