School Bus Safety

Industry Best-Practice Guidance

NHTSA LogoNHTSA Guidelines

Guideline for the Safe Transportation of Pre-school Age Children in School Buses

Original NHTSA document on using child safety restraints on school buses for children below kindergarten age/size. Posted as a still-useful reference.

See NHTSA’s document (pdf)

Choosing the Correct School Bus For Transporting Pre-School Age Children

The transportation of pre-school age children in school buses has increased significantly, and will continue to increase. Organizations providing pre-school transportation extend beyond traditional school systems to include child care and Head Start programs. Regardless of which organization is transporting pre-school age children, the goal of all is to do so safely. This NHTSA publication will help you select the type of school bus you need and determine the features and equipment necessary to allow you to transport safely your pre-school passengers.

See NHTSA’s report

Safe Kids Worldwide Guidelines

Best Practice Guidance for Transporting Children on School Buses

Safe Kids Worldwide (SKW) has provided this document as a reference for developing and implementing national, state, and local guidance and best practices regarding pupil transportation in school buses.

See SKW’s chart (pdf)

See SKW’s letter (pdf)



The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) issues statement papers reflecting best practice on school transportation topics.  For instance, in February 2014, NASDPTS issued a revised position in support of lap-shoulder belts on school buses; it was titled, The Equipping and Use of Passenger Lap/Shoulder Belts in School Buses.

See the NASDPTS paper (pdf)