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Tiger Talk: Help your children be safe on school bus

It’s been a long, cold winter. The bus barn has been a big help with the snow and cold.

With April under way, including spring sports and field trips, it will be a busy two months. We look forward to serving the community’s needs.

Please remind your children of the bus rules. Spring brings a lot of excitement and enthusiasm, but the bus is not a playground. Your children’s safety on and around the bus is of utmost importance.

Bus drivers, students, parents and school personnel all share a responsibility to ensure that children get to and from school safely every day. Here are a few tips that will help you to reinforce the school bus safety message with your child:

• Help your child find the safest route to the bus stop.

• Review with your child the bus safety rules, stressing why they are necessary.

• Make sure that your child’s clothing and book bag do not have loose strings or straps that can be caught on the bus handrail, door or seats.

• School bus discipline is a cooperative effort among student, parent, bus driver and principal to ensure the safety of all students. Misbehavior on a school bus is highly distracting to a driver and creates an unsafe condition.

• The bus driver merits the respect and courtesy due all school personnel. Please teach your child to obey the bus driver.

• When your children are very young, accompany them to the bus stop and meet them on their return, if possible.

• If children will be unaccompanied when they get off the bus in the afternoon, teach them the safest route to get home. Stress that they should go directly home, or to their regular after-school location, and check in with you or their other caregiver, before going anywhere else.

Thank you for your help, and drive carefully.