To ensure the safety of children while they are being transported to school, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly recommends that all children travel in age-appropriate and properly secured child restraint systems in all motor vehicles.
The AAP has had a long-standing position that new school buses should have safety restraints. Parents should work with school districts to encourage that every new bus be equipped with lap/shoulder seat belt restraints that also can accommodate car safety seats, booster seats, and harness systems.
School districts should provide height- and weight-appropriate car safety seats and restraint systems for all children of preschool age; these systems include booster seats with a three-point belt.
When districts have policies on seat belt use, children tend to be better behaved and they are less likely to distract the driver.