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Your Healthy Family: Back to school tips for riding the bus

Posted at 9:52 AM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 13:15:00-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — In today's Your Healthy Family with the majority of kids in southern Colorado going back to school this week, we’re going over some helpful reminders for especially younger kids who ride the bus.

First, put an index card with your student’s bus number(s), stop location, and pick-up time in their backpack. Make sure your child is at the stop a minimum of 5 minutes prior to the pick-up time.

Next, prior to the first day of school, walk your student to their assigned bus stop. Point out landmarks or signs to help them remember the location of the stop. Remind your student to stay off the road and private property (including driveways).

Also, tell your student what to do once they get off the bus at their stop after school. If you want them to walk home, make sure they know the way and practice the route with them. If you are going to meet them at the stop, give them specific instructions on where to wait. It’s also a good idea to let them know what to do if, for some reason, you are delayed in picking them up - don’t leave the guessing.

Next, discuss the bus conduct rules with your student, which can be found on the school district’s website. Talk about the importance of wearing their seat belts if they are available on the bus and following the driver’s instructions.

Lastly, tell your student that the best way to deal with a concern is to report it to the driver.

A little bit of preparation can go a long way toward a positive experience for your kids riding the bus, and to a successful school year.