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Know the Danger Zone!

Know the Danger Zone!

The Danger Zone is the 12 foot area that surrounds a stopped school bus where the bus driver might not see you or where cars might be moving when you are getting on and off the school bus.

  • Stay away from the dangerous areas where it is difficult for the bus driver to see you with their direct vision.
    • Near the right and left front tires
    • Near the right rear tires
    • Near the front door
  • Make sure you are always able to see the driver when outside the school bus.
  • NEVER return to the bus for something you left behind or dropped without getting the bus driver’s attention.
    • Leave any object and move to a point, out of the danger zone.
    • Then get the driver’s attention by putting your hands and arms above your head and waving.
    • Wait for the driver to see you and give you instructions before returning to the bus or before picking up anything dropped near the bus. If you do not get the driver’s attention, you should not attempt to retrieve the item.
  • Be aware of the danger of passing cars that do not stop like they should.
    • The danger may be from cars passing from the rear on the left side of the bus.
    • Or from cars passing from all directions on both the left and right side of the bus.
  • Always be alert and focused when near the Danger Zone.