School bus safety at Salem

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Berwick, Luzerne County (WBRE/WYOU-TV) School bus accidents are rare but they do happen.

That’s why it’s good to always be prepared for the worst. Some students at Salem Elementary School in Berwick were learning some safety tips Thursday. Hundreds of elementary students loaded onto this school bus throughout the day Thursday to learn about bus safety. Something you might recall.

“Right, your bottom should be on the seat and your back should be against the seat,” said Andreea Higdon as she talks to the students on the bus.

Higdon travels across northeastern and central Pennsylvania to instill good practices into students like the ones from Salem. “School busses haven’t really changed,” said Higdon. “The rules are the same.”

Keeping hands in the window, no yelling, backpacks, on your lap. Students, recently back from summer break, needed the refresher.           

“Usually I jump out the back but I probably shouldn’t. So you should probably slide on your butt so that way you don’t hurt yourself if it is an emergency,” said fourth grader Mason Fuller.

Higdon says “bottom, bottom, then just hop out” as kids exited the back of the bus.

This type of bus safety is really geared towards kindergartners because this would be their time riding a bus and it’s up to the upper classman help them with the safety rules.

“Yes it is because we don’t want anybody to get hurt while they’re on the bus,” said Fuller.

And for you drivers out there pay attention to the lights on top of the school bus and the stop sign.

 “Okay if we don’t see any cars coming then we can safely cross,” said Higdon.

AAA’s non profit Mid-Atlantic Foundation For Safety and Education will come back in March to remind students of what they learned today.

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