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National Bus Safety Week is Oct. 22-26

Preschooler on the bus National Bus Safety Week started on Monday, October 22 and we’d like to remind families and the community of important bus safety tips.

Did you know riding a school bus is the safest mode of transportation to school? Students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when riding a school bus instead of traveling by car. School buses are the most regulated vehicles on the road; they’re designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in preventing crashes and injuries.

Safety Tips

For students:

  • Remain seated at all times
  • Keep legs facing forward and not in the aisles
  • Wait for the driver’s signal prior to crossing the road
  • Use the handrails when getting on and off the bus
  • If you miss the bus, don’t run towards or after it
  • Keep your hands to yourself
  • Be courteous to other riders
  • No eating or drinking on the bus
  • Listen to and respect your driver
  • Be at your bus stop at minimum five minutes prior to your pick up time
  • No horseplay at the bus stop
  • Keep voice volume to reasonable level
  • How to cross the road safely:
    • Stay out of the danger zones
    • Look both ways before crossing the street

How to cross the road safely

For the community:

  • When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely.
  • Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.
  • Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
  • Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • Obey the traffic laws and stop when busses have their crossing arm out:

Bus laws for vehicles

Here Comes the Bus mobile app

Brooklyn Center Community Schools launched an innovative app to keep students safe and families in the loop. The Here Comes the Bus mobile app allows students and families to know when their assigned school bus has entered the neighborhood. With a customizable map, users can see in real time exactly where their child’s bus is located. Users can also customize the Here Comes the Bus app to send notifications when the bus is near or if there has been a schedule change.

The app is free to download and is available in the Apple App Store or in the Google Play store.

Winter Weather reminder

The decision to close school is complex with many factors to consider. When making a decision to close or delay school, student safety is the district’s top priority. Generally, the expectation is that school will remain open, so learning can continue as scheduled, however there are times when closing or delaying school may be necessary. This information is intended to be a guide, when unusual circumstances occur.

When will a decision to close or delay school be made?
When possible, the decision to close or delay the start of school will be made by 5:30 a.m.

How will families be notified?

  • District website
  • Automated call, email and text
  • Facebook and Twitter
  • News stations: WCCO, KSTP, KMSP (FOX 9) and KARE 11.

What factors are considered?
In the case of weather, street conditions, snow removal at school buildings, projected snowfall, temperature, wind conditions, time of day, traffic, and conditions in surrounding districts.

Click here to learn more about winter weather school closings and delays.