With the school year fast approaching we wanted to pass along a few school bus safety tips to ensure that all children get on and off the bus safely and get off at the correct bus stops.
- Please make sure that your student carries their bus transportation card with them in or on their backpack. This will allow for your student, school staff and the bus drivers to help ensure that your student gets on the right bus and off at the right stop. We would recommend your child carries this card with them for the entire school year.
- Consider taking the time to go over the bus transportation card with your child to help them be aware of what bus they are taking and the stop they need to get off on.
- If you cannot be at the bus stop before and after school consider speaking with your child about the importance of coming right home after school. Often times police are contacted about missing children after school only to find out the child went to a park or to a friend’s house without notifying their parents first.
- If possible, consider getting to know some of the parents at your child’s bus stop so if they don’t come home after getting dropped off after school you may have an idea as to where they may have gone.
- Consider speaking with your kids about properly crossing the street in front of the bus. Kids should be 10 feet or more in front of the bus when crossing, make eye contact with the driver and have the driver waive them across the street. Children should also look both ways prior to crossing and should wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before entering and exiting the bus.
- During the first week students and bus drivers are still getting acclimated to their buses and routes. Please keep this in mind as buses may run slightly behind schedule the first week or two of school.
- If your child’s bus has arrived and your child did not get off the bus you can contact your child’s school or the bus transportation division to see if your child got on a different bus or is still at school. If you feel your child may be missing do not hesitate to call 911 so an officer may work with you to locate your child.
More information on bus transportation and safety for Brooklyn Center Schools can be found at