this is the question- if riding the school bus is workable (not sure if it is, because of my class times across town), is it safer in a school bus with no seatbelt/carseat, or in a daycare bus with a seat belt that doesnt fit right?
i need to call transportation tomorrow about something else anyway, so i'll ask about the bus seatbelt situation. it would be a bus of only pre-k kids, if that makes a difference, because they have a cluster program- kids from our "home school" are bussed to the school that provides the pre k program
The school bus would be safer. School buses are very very safe, and use different technology to keep children safe in them. Children over age 5 (approximately) and 40 lbs are well protected on school busses without seat belts. They are designed with energy absorbing foam in the seats and the seats are set close enough together to protect kids like eggs in an egg carton (which is why they're so uncomfy for adults).
A bus small enough to require seat belts needs to have the belts fit correctly. They may not allow the booster because they may have lap belts only? Or the seat belts on the busses may be child-size already? I would want to actually see my child on the bus with the seat belt on before I could really form a judgment about whether the day care bus is a safe ride for my child.
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