Although a few states have policies on routing and placement of school bus stops, the vast majority of these decisions are made at the local school district level. Though local school transportation professionals have been given the responsibility for planning school bus routes and designating school bus stops, little information regarding safety considerations for designating stops has been available to them.

The guidelines for selecting school bus stops presented here reflect a priority of safety for students getting to and from bus stops and while waiting for their buses. The guidelines have been developed with the recognition that, most of the time, school bus routes and stops must exist in less than ideal environments. School transportation professionals will always have to balance the designation of "ideal" school bus stops with the realities of what the bus route will allow as they are impacted by local roadway conditions, school budgets and other limitations.

The primary goal for providing these guidelines has been to provide school bus transportation professionals with information they will find useful in developing new policies or reviewing and revising existing policies and procedures for selecting school bus stops. Another goal has been to encourage districts to establish policies that provide the safest school bus stops possible, within existing constraints. For additional information on school bus safety and school bus driver education, child pedestrian injury data and pedestrian safety education, see the Resources section.