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The purpose of school bus training for children is to teach school-age children how to safely approach, board, disembark, and walk away from school buses. Basic training for children who ride school buses is provided as part of the normal school routine. Additionally, education about safety behaviors of adults in school zones and around school buses can be reinforced as part of Back-to-School night, in school bulletins, or other communications with families. NHTSA has a refresher training course for school bus drivers and NHTSA’s Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum includes a module on safety around school buses.

There are no evaluation studies showing reductions in crashes or injuries. These outcomes are difficult to demonstrate because minimal, basic training is very widespread and the choice to adopt a stronger curriculum would be confounded with any number of other factors.