It’s that time of year again, back to school. With central Indiana schools going back to in-person learning, more children will be at bus stops getting on and off their school bus. Indianapolis EMS wants to ensure everyone makes it to their destination safely this school year and reminds individuals to follow these back to school safety tips.

Bus Stop Safety

At the Bus Stop

  • Arrive early
  • Stand at least six feet from the curb
  • Avoid running around or playing while you wait

When the Bus Arrives or Departs

  • Never walk behind the bus, always cross the street at least ten feet in front of the bus.
  • Make eye contact with the bus driver to make sure he or she sees you crossing the street.
  • If you drop something in front of the bus, let the bus driver know right away.


  • When backing out of your driveway, double check for children walking on the sidewalk to the bus stop.
  • When driving in neighborhoods, slow down. Watch for children waiting at bus stops or walking to their stop.
  • Be alert. Children running late to the bus stop may dart into the street without looking.
  • Stop when the bus stops.
    • Yellow flashing lights- these indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Slow down and be prepared to stop.
    • Red flashing lights and extended stop arms- Indiana state law requires motorists to stop when a school bus is picking up or dropping off children.

IEMS wishes everyone a safe and healthy school year and encourages parents and drivers to read more about back to school safety online at