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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.

Additional bus safety tips from the U.S. Department of Education