With schools back in session this week, the McCutchanville Fire Department has some reminders for parents, to pass along to kids.

School buses are the safest way for students to travel, but children also need to do their part to stay alert and aware of their surroundings to prevent injury. NSC urges parents to teach their children the following safety rules for getting on and off the bus, and for exercising good behavior while riding.

Getting on the Bus:

When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessness

Do not stray onto the street, alleys or private property

Line up away from the street or road as the bus approaches

Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before approaching the bus

Use the handrail when boarding

Getting Off the Bus:

Use the handrail when exiting

If you have to cross in front of the bus, first walk at least 10 feet ahead until you can see the driver

Make sure the driver can see you

Wait for a signal from the driver before crossing

When the driver signals, look left, right, then left again. Walk across the road and keep an eye out for sudden traffic changes

If your vision is blocked, move to an area where you can see other drivers and they can see you

Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver signals it is safe

Stay away from the rear wheels of the bus at all times