Written by Bob Byrne.
Spring-Ford Area students returned to school on Monday, and private schools will be back in session within the next week.
That means school buses will also return to the roadways in a matter of weeks, and PennDOT wants you to get ready for the return of school busses to your morning commute.
Here are some important reminders about school bus rules of the road:
Under state law, motorists approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended must stop at least 10 feet from the bus.
Failing to do so can earn drivers a $250 fine, five points on their license and a 60-day suspension.
It's not necessary to stop if the school bus is on the other side of a median or a barrier on a divided highway.
In a school zone, vehicles must obey a 15 mph speed limit and keep an eye out for pedestrians. Breaking this rule can lead to a fine and three points on a driver's license.
The PennDOT website also offers detailed, graphic illustrations of who must stop for school busses and specifics of the school bus law.