Best Practices at Bus Stops
The following best practices have been developed by parents in the Racine area:
- Parents should walk with student prior to school start to establish safest path to the bus stop.
- This can be done before work, after work or on the weekends.
- Multiple trips should be made with the student or until parent and child is confident.
- During the walk the parent should reaffirm their safety instructions, where to cross streets and what to look for and watch out for.
- These directions may need to be altered or updated throughout the school year.
- For younger students the parent(s) should elect to stay with their child until the bus arrives.
- Additionally, for younger students, parents should meet the bus after school.
- Parents are responsible for the safety of their children before being picked up by the bus and after the students are discharged for the bus.
- City bus stops with two sidewalks and two curbs are yellow light stops (hazard lights). Traffic is not required to stop.
- Sometimes the shortest path to the bus stop is not the safest.
- Cross at signal lights or controlled intersections.
- Many students that do not live in the city will have stops on roads that have speed limits of 55, 45 and 35 MPH.
- All of the same rules above apply to these stops.
- These stops are all red light stops. Traffic both ways are required to stop.
- Students are recommended to stand back a safe distance from the flowing traffic. This is distance is determined by the parent. The bus driver will instruct the student when to cross the street if needed.
- The location that the student stands needs to become routine. They need to be visible to the bus driver as he/she slows down. Standing behind trees is not recommended for visibility.