Contact Information 

Meadville District Office
900-920 Water Street
Downtown Mall
Meadville, PA  16335
Phone (814) 336-1136
Hours 8 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (M-F)

Fairview Office (Mondays Only)
Fairview Township Building
7471 McCray Rd., Fairview, PA
Hours 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Monday)
1-800-770-2377

Cranesville Office (Thursdays Only)
Cranesville Borough Office
10195 John Williams Ave.
Cranesville, PA 16410
Phone: 1-800-770-2377
Hours 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Thursday)

Capitol Office
Hon. Brad Roae
151 East Wing
Harrisburg PA 17120-2006
Phone: (717) 787-2353
Fax: 717-782-2902

E-mail:
  broae@pahousegop.com

Q & A - Tips for First-Time Students Riding the Bus to School
8/15/2013

QUESTION:  My son will be starting school in the fall and this will be his first time riding on a school bus.  Are there any safety tips he should know?

ANSWER:  School buses can be a very safe mode of transportation for students.  However, there are some commonsense tips that parents and students should take into consideration.

To prevent unnecessary tragedies from occurring on or near a school bus, it is important for parents and children to understand school bus laws and practice common sense when riding.  Below are some helpful tips for parents and students.

Parents should pay attention to the bus’s flashing lights. Yellow flashing lights on a school bus signal the bus will soon be making a stop to load or unload children.  Slow down and prepare to stop. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm signal that the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Stop at least 10 feet away from the school bus and wait until the bus begins to move before starting to drive again.  Never pass a bus while its red signal lights are flashing.

Parents also should be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.

Students should be at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

They also should stand at least three steps away from the curb and line up away from the street while the bus is approaching.  Students should wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it is OK before stepping onto the bus.

Another good tip is to walk at least five steps ahead of the bus if crossing the street is necessary.  Always be sure the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.  Never walk behind the bus.

If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver.  Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.

What seems to most of us to be common sense may be something a child who had never ridden the bus before has had no need to consider.  Therefore, it’s important to talk to your kids about these rules and tips before they get into one of these situations.
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