In the 2014-15 academic year alone, five North Carolina students were injured by motorists passing stopped school buses. That is one reason why the N.C. State Board of Education has revised its bus safety policy to require a standard hand signal bus drivers will use to tell students when a street is safe to cross. 

    Drawing from national procedures as well as school bus safety standards and practices from across the country, the revised policy will require drivers to use a standard hand signal that tells students a roadway is safe to cross.
    The hand signal has three steps.
    1. First, the driver holds up his or her palm facing the student until it is safe to cross.
    2. Second, the driver gives a “thumbs up” to the students.
    3. For the third step, the driver points with his or her index finger the direction in which the child should  
        proceed across the street.
    Click HERE for complete DRIVER road crossing instructions.
    Click HERE for complete STUDENT road crossing instructions. 
    For full details including training videos, visit the link below.
Last Modified on July 27, 2015