TR Dunn

Students receive bus safety instruction as school year starts


With a cone on his head, some nerdy glasses and a megaphone, T.R. Dunn was at it again. For the fifth year, Dunn was delivering his bus safety message with another energetic performance for Johnson City Schools’ elementary students.

The chorus of “Keep out. Keep out. Keep out of the danger zone,” was belted at a screeching pitch from a group of energetic elementary students.

“You’ve got to have a different approach with the kids and we have to make it fun,” said Dunn through a grin. “That helps them learn about it and I bet they’ll be singing that song all day.”

Dunn traveled to the eight elementary schools to explain the dangers that are associated with a school bus. Even though every student may not be transported to and from school by a bus, they will more than likely ride a bus to a field trip.

“A lot of kids are excited when they come and do this training because some of them have never been on a bus,” Dunn said. “But they’ll be on one for field trips. And even then, we maintain the same course of action.”

The message that goes with the song is that students need to stay 10 feet in front of the bus, 10 feet beside the bus and realize that they should not be behind the bus. Most of the buses' blind spots are behind the bus.

Students also had an opportunity to sit on the bus and hear instructions from the bus drivers about conduct while on the bus.

Here are a few more tips from the National Safety Council:

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

Behavior on the Bus:

  • Don't speak loudly or make loud noises that could distract the driver
  • Stay in your seat
  • Don't put your head, arms or hands out the window
  • Keep aisles clear of books and bags
  • Get your belongings together before reaching your stop
  • Wait for the bus to stop completely before getting up from your seat

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

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