Safety Tips

  • Walkers

    • Be aware of your surroundings and obey traffic signals and crossing guards.
    • Plan and practice a safe walking route. If possible, choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and intersections with traffic controls.
    • Wear reflective clothing and bright colors.
    • Walk with a friend or group of friends whenever possible.
    • Stay on the walking route avoiding shortcuts or unplanned stops.
    • Stop at the curb and look left, right, and left again before crossing.
    • When crossing, walk, do not run, and keep an eye out for turning vehicles.
    • Walk with a friend staying on the walking route approved by parents/guardians.
    • If there is no sidewalk, stay as far away from the roadway as possible.

    Bus Riders

    Watch a video on bus rider safety in the Kent School District.

    • Follow all walking tips on the way to the bus stop.
    • Create a backup plan for getting to school if the bus is missed. Know who to contact if something unplanned happens.
    • Arrive at the bus stop five minutes early.
    • Stay out of the street and wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching it.
    • If you have to cross the road, walk in front of the bus and remember to:
      • Look at the driver. You should always see the driver.
      • Make sure the driver sees you.
      • Wait for the driver to signal to you when it is safe to cross.
      • To be sure it is safe, look left, right, and left again before crossing.
    • Board the bus in a single-file line using handrails.
    • Remain seated facing forward with your head, hands, and arms inside the bus at all times.
    • Keep aisles clear by holding all personal items in your lap. Items that cannot be held on your lap will not be transported on the bus.
    • Read the Kent School District (KSD) Bus Rider Guidelines for more information. 

    Drivers

    • Be aware of your surroundings and obey traffic signals and crossing guards.
    • Slow down and be alert to the actions of pedestrians and other drivers.
    • Pay attention to and abide by the speed limit, which in school zones is 20 miles per hour.
    • Be alert for children in school zones.
    • Never pass a school bus or vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
    • Drop off and pick up students as close to school as possible. Check with your school for specific guidelines.
    • Reduce traffic congestion and keep children visible. Do not double-park, stop in crosswalks, or interfere with school buses in the bus loading area of a school.
    • Know when to stop when school bus lights are flashing or the stop bar is out.

    When to Stop for a School Bus

    Two Lanes

    Always stop when you are traveling either direction.

    Illustration of when to stop for a bus on a road with two lanes.

    Three or More Lanes

    • Always stop when you are traveling in the same direction as the bus.
    • Proceed with caution when traveling in the opposite direction as the bus.

    Illustration of when to stop on a road with three or more lanes.

    Two-Way Turning Lane

    • Always stop when you are traveling in the same direction as the bus.
    • Proceed with caution if you are traveling in the opposite direction as the bus.

    Illustration of when to stop for a bus on a road with a two-way turning lane.

    Median Island

    • Always stop when you are traveling in the same direction as the bus.
    • Proceed with caution if you are traveling in the opposite direction as the bus.

    Illustration of when to stop for a bus on a road with a median island.

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Last Modified on August 5, 2019