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School Bus Tips for Parents

SAFETY STARTS AT THE BUS STOP

Your child should arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.  Wait for the bus at least three giant steps (six feet) away from the curb. Remind your child that the bus stop is not a place to run or play.

Get on and off safely

When the school bus arrives, your child should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, the door opens, and the driver says that it’s okay before approaching the bus door. Your child should use the handrails to avoid falling.

Use caution around the bus

Your child should never walk behind the school bus. If your child must cross the street in front of the bus, tell your child to walk on a sidewalk or along the side of the street, to a place at least five giant steps (10 feet) in front of the bus before crossing. Your child should make eye contact with the bus driver before crossing, to make sure the driver can see your child. If your child ever drops something near the school bus, like a ball or book, the safest thing is for your child to tell the bus driver right away. Your child should not try to pick the item up because the driver might not be able to see him/her.

A Healthy and Happy Transition Back to School

Going back to school means a transition from the generally laid back summer days to more structured school days.  It can also mean added stress for students and a need for increased awareness from parents.

Here a few tips we’ve gathered to help you and your kids experience a healthy and happy transition back to school:

Headaches

Boy_with_headacheBack to school may mean an increase in headaches for your child.  This can be a result of a change in their bedtime routine, increased academic stress, too much screen time, not enough exercise and more.  To decrease the likelihood of your child having headaches, makes sure they do the following:

Get enough sleep (sleep guidelines by age group can be found here)

No more than two hours of daily screen time (screen time guidelines for children can be found here)

Stay hydrated (tips to prevent dehydration in children can be found here)

Move 60 minutes/day (tips for kids’ physical activity can be found here)

For additional information on back to school related headaches, click here.

 

Backpack Safety

Three kindergarten girls standing togetherBackpacks are a necessity for students to carry their books, papers, and other school essentials.  However, a heavy backpack can cause injury to students.  Most doctors and physical therapists recommend that kids carry no more than 10% to 15% of their body weight in their packs.

For additional information on backpack safety, click here

 

 

School Breakfast and Lunch

device-nuggets-htc-dnaWant to know what options are available to your student through their school’s breakfast and/or lunch program?  Check our Orange County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Department’s (OCPS FNS) interactive menus here.  The menus allow the user to look up nutritional makeup of the food item as well as view a picture of the actual food item from OCPS FNS.  This service is also available through the app store here.   Bonus, the app allows parents and students to provide direct feedback to OCPS FNS about the food served in their school.

 

 

 

 

Stopping for School Buss

Each year, Florida drivers illegally pass school buses nearly two million times. Each illegal pass-by could result in a tragic injury or fatality of a student. The inconvenience of an extra few seconds spent waiting for a stopped school bus is insignificant compared to the loss of a child’s life, which is why Florida’s departments of Education, Transportation, and Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, have teamed up to develop the Stop on Red, Kids Ahead campaign to remind drivers of the laws and safe practices to take when approaching a school bus.

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For additional back to school health tips, visit our friends at KidsHealth.

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Bus Safety Tips

Bus SafetyKids are back in school and on the bus.  Bus transportation is statistically the safest way for kids to get to school, but it is important to make sure kids know how to properly and safely ride the bus.  If kids are not aware, injuries can happen while getting on or off the bus.  With help from SafeKids.org we have gathered a few bus safety tips for you to go over with your kids.

 

  • Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives.  When the bus approaches, be sure to tell your kids to be three giant steps back from the curb.
  • Teach your kids to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting off and never walk behind the bus.
  • If your kid needs to cross the street after exiting the bus, tell him/her to take five giant steps in front of the bus, make eye contact with the driver and then cross when the driver indicates it is safe.
  • Instruct your kids to always use the handrails when getting on or off the buss.

 

For more tips on bus safety, click here.  What other bus safety tips do you have?  Tell us in the comments below, share on our Facebook or tweet them to us @HealthyKids2Day.