No student should be allowed to cross the street behind the bus or after the bus departs from the stop location. If a student has any questions regarding "crossing the street" she/he should talk to the school bus driver for clarification.
Morning crossing procedure: If you need to cross the road to get to the bus stop wait 12 feet from the side of the road for the driver’s signal. They will give you the two finger sweep signal.
Afternoon crossing procedure: If you need to cross the road to get home in the afternoon wait for the driver’s signal. They will hold their index finger in the air to signal all “crossers” that it’s time to get off the bus. Before you step off the bus, look left and right for danger!
Walk 6 giant steps away from the school bus (out of the 12 foot Danger Zone) and to the tip of the crossing guard.
The driver will give TWO signals during the crossing procedure. The first will tell you to cross half way across the street even with the driver (watch where her fingers point and REMEMBER! Before you move, look for danger) When you get there STOP!
Look for the second signal from the driver. After the second signal and before you move, look for danger, right and left! If it’s safe, move across the street while staying alert for danger. Continue until you are (12 feet) off the road and walk safely home!
If you hear the horn it’s a warning signal! Stop, find the danger and move away! Move back to your waiting spot or move quickly across the street to get away from the danger!
Why? This procedure helps us to ensure the safety of the students by…
Controlling traffic on the street we are traveling and allowing the driver to assess the initial safety of the situation before students are allowed across the street.
Teaching students that they must partner with us and take an active part in the process used to protect them, especially when they are outside the school bus.
Teaching students safe crossing habits (always looking for traffic before crossing the street, especially before crossing where the view is obstructed (at the “edge of the school bus bumper when crossing right to left for example.)) These habits help protect them while loading or unloading from a bus, as well as when they need to cross a street while walking in their neighborhood.