School Bus Safety

School buses are quite safe and easily the safest means for children to get to school and back. But here are some practical lessons taken partly from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and my own background to maximize their protection:
1. Allow plenty of time to get kids to the bus stop. Children who are late may be tempted to run into a busy street.
2. Children need to wait in a safe place at the bus stop away from any traffic.
3. Instruct your children to never, ever, walk behind a bus or too close in front of a bus. Buses have blind spots that kids need to be aware of. Before crossing in front of the bus, take five “giant steps” (about 10 feet) away from the bus.
4. Kids should never stick their hands, heads, or any objects out bus windows.
5. When in line to get in or out a bus, children need to walk orderly. This may seem obvious but students become so comfortable with the bus that they forget it is a very large moving vehicle that they need to respect.
6. Students should walk three “giant steps” away from the bus after they arrive at their destination.
7. If a child drops something near the bus, they should not pick it up until they talk to a driver or an adult on duty. Drivers cannot always see children if they are close to the bus.

News

Posted on
09/29/2019
• Clearly, we have too many cars and not enough parking spaces. This is not surprising as HMS has its highest student population in our history. Please do not park along the side of the road the buses use in the morning as this could potentially block access for buses.
Posted on
09/21/2019
The first Principal Podcast of the year is now live at this link from MSS Principal Amy Doyle and Bill Carozza. We’re calling it simply the “Amy and Bill Podcast” because we don’t have a better name. Would you please throw one of us an email with naming ideas for the Podcast? Thanks!
Posted on
09/21/2019
Come to Our Next PTA Board Meeting! We will be meeting next Wednesday, October 2nd in the HMS Preschool room at 5:30pm. FREE childcare and refreshments will be provided - all are welcome! We will be voting on our annual budget, fielding some funding requests, and going over a few more things. We want to hear your ideas, so please join us!!
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