Durham, Stock and Petermann offer school bus safety tips for parents
WARRENVILLE, Ill. – School buses are on the road again across North America as children return for another productive school year. The iconic yellow school bus plays an important role in education because for many kids, it is their only means of getting to school.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, school buses continue to be the safest way for students to travel. However, parents are reminded by Durham School Services, Stock Transportation and Petermann that everyone plays a role in school bus safety. Informed parents and alert children go a long way in helping to create the safest environment possible.
As leaders in student transportation, Durham, Petermann and Stock share these safety tips with parents:
- Children should get plenty of rest so they won’t fall asleep on the bus.
- Have your child at the bus stop on time. Running after a bus is dangerous.
- Remind kids to stay out of the “danger zone” by keeping 10 giant steps away from the bus at all times so the driver can see them.
- Children’s clothing and backpacks should not have long ties or straps that could get caught when climbing on or off the bus.
- Kids should never put their head, arms or anything else out the bus windows.
- Students should cross in front of the bus crossing gate where the driver can see them.
- Caution children to stay on the sidewalk and be alert when walking.
- Make sure your kindergartener or first grader knows their address. This helps in cases where they board the wrong bus the first few days of school.
“At Durham, Petermann and Stock, we are focused on one thing, and that’s transporting children to school safely,” said Michele McDermott, senior vice president, safety and human resources. “We take this responsibility seriously and have been preparing all summer for the new school year.”
Motorists should proceed with extra caution around school buses and stops, and never pass a stopped school bus that has its stop arm extended and lights flashing. More school bus safety information is available at durhamschoolservices.com, stocktransportation.com and petermannbus.com.
About our company
Durham School Services, Stock Transportation and Petermann make up National Express Corporation (NEC) , headquartered in Warrenville, Ill. As a leader in student transportation, NEC is committed to exceptional safety, outstanding customer service and positive employee relations. Durham (United States), Stock (Canada) and Petermann (Ohio) together operate more than 20,000 buses and serve 450 school districts in 32 states and four provinces. Our success rests with our dedicated employees who live our mission: “Getting kids to school safe, on time, and ready to learn.”