The new school year has begun so children all over Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) are making their way to their bus stop. Drivers, please slow down and look out for students making their way to the bus stop.
Children should be cautioned about the danger of strangers. For children ages 5-8 a trusted adult should be at your child’s bus stop every morning and every evening.
Parents please take a moment and review the following safety tips and discuss them with your children.
Do not cross major streets or intersections to use a bus stop other than the one you have been assigned. Students must not cross any of the following streets Monday-Friday during the hours of 6:45 a.m. - 8:25 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. without an adult: Angell Street, Defense Boulevard, McGuire Avenue, Arnold Avenue, and Tinker Street.
Be at least five minutes early to catch the bus.
There are blind spots where the bus driver can lose sight of a child:
Front danger zone: it’s never safe to walk close to the front of the bus. Children should walk five giant steps ahead of the bus before crossing in front of it.
Side danger zone: children should always stay three giant steps away from the side of the bus.
Rear danger zone: never walk behind the school bus.
Walk (do not run) three giant steps away from the bus when getting off. When the bus approaches, step back from the curb at least three giant steps.
Never run to catch the bus.
Stay out of the road, and wait for the bus to stop before you walk to it.
Make sure you can see the bus driver’s eyes when boarding or crossing in front of the bus.
If you must cross the street to get to the bus, always look left, then right, then left again.
Use the handrail when you get off the bus.
Make sure there are no dangling pieces of clothing, drawstrings on hoods, untied shoestrings, key chains or backpack straps that could get caught on the handrail or in the bus door.
If you drop something under or near the bus, don’t pick it up until you tell the bus driver. Otherwise, the driver may not see you.
If you leave something on the bus, do not run after the bus to get it.
Stay away from the bus wheels, and watch for moving cars.
Ride safe: remember to remain in your seat until the bus arrives at your destination.
Do not horseplay or disrupt the driver in any way. Please remember that misconduct can lead to your suspension from the bus and, more importantly, may be harmful to all those on the bus.
If you have any bus questions or concerns please contact the school bus transportation office located in the youth center. Your JBAB program assurance representative is Yvonne Barnes and her number is (202) 767-8138.
Students, I hope you have a great school year. Study hard, have fun and make mom and dad proud!