CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Students who were out of school for a week in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew are returning to the classroom in time for School Bus Safety Week.
The national campaign serves as a reminder for parents to teach kids to be aware when getting on and off a school bus.
Tips provided by Durham School Services include the following:
- Students should get to their bus stop early. Rushing could mean they won't follow traffic safety rules.
- Students should stay at least 10 large steps from the curb while waiting at their bus stop. It allows the driver to see them clearly when he or she pulls up to the bus stop.
- If something rolls under the bus, students should never try to retrieve it without notifying the bus driver.
- Once on the bus, students should remain seated for the entire ride. Students could fall or get hurt while the bus is in motion. Also, feet and backpacks should be kept out of the aisle.
- Students should avoid being loud on the bus. Loud talking and laughing could prevent a bus driver from clearly hearing sirens and notifications over the bus radio and help them focus on the road.
- Students who witness bullying should report it to a trusted adult.
Students in Beaufort County, Colleton County and Georgetown County returned to normal schedules Monday morning after being closed all last week in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
Williamsburg County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay on Monday, district officials said.