School Bus Safety Tips
The Danger Zone
Child kneeling in front of bus
  • Stay out of the Danger Zone at all times.
  • Remember - if you can't see the driver, the driver can't see you!
  • Never walk behind the bus.
  • If you drop something in the Danger Zone, leave it. Never stop to pick it up. Notify an adult and they can get the item for you.
  • Know where the Danger Zones are located around the school bus.
  • The 10 giant step rule is a good measurement for children to identify the Danger Zone around a school bus.
Loading and Unloading - Avoid the Danger Zone
 The Danger Zone is the 10 foot area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of being hit.


  • When loading, stay away from the Danger Zone.
  • Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the door opens.
  • Wait for the driver's signal.
  • Board the bus in single file.





Danger Zone
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  • When unloading, look before stepping off the bus to be sure no cars are passing on the shoulder side of the road.
  • Exit the bus moving out of the Danger Zone.
  • Before crossing the street, take five "giant steps" out from the front of the bus, or until the driver's face can be seen.
  • Wait for the driver to signal that it is safe to cross.


  • Look left-right-left when coming to the edge of the bus to make sure traffic is stopped.
  • Continue to watch for traffic as you cross the street.
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