Students board buses before school starts up

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)– First time bus riders are getting a sneek peak at their transportation mode. First Student is allowing kids to get on board the bus to check out what it’ll be like when they’re riding to school.

“They’ve never ridden a bus before and of course they’re a little apprehensive,” said Al Diamico, the Director of Transportation for the Buffalo Public Schools.

Almost 30,000 city students ride yellow buses to school. ”

“We’re all a part of the team to get our kids to and from school safely,” said Diamico.

“We’re hoping they get familiar with the bus and know bus rules,” said Sean McCabe, the area General Manager for First Student.

Some of those rules include:

– Sit forward with your feet on the ground
– Don’t stand until the bus stops
– Stay 10 steps back from the pick up spot
– Hold the railing when walking up and down the stairs

The transportation experts are also reminding parents to test their children’s knowledge, making sure they know their bus number; put a bus number tag on and in their backpack.

“Review the entire bus riding experience so they really love the bus ride and enjoy it as a part of their regular school day,” said McCabe.

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