NHTSA recommends that any "preschooler" be harnessed when riding on a school bus. They define a preschooler as any child that is under 50lbs.
Even though my child will technically be in kindergarten and no longer a preschooler, she will still need to be harnessed on the bus to be considered safe. She is only 30-32lbs.
Wow, I'd say most of the Kindy's on our buses should be harnessed. My 4 only weigh 35#, 40#, 43#, and 46# and they are among the oldest. Judging from the looks of the others, I think most would be under 50#.
I rode on the bus on a field trip with 2 classes of Kindys. YIKES, they needed so many reminders to sit back, legs in, etc.
Lovinwaves, could you point me to a link to that recommendation???? ALL of our K students are bussed, regardless of how close they live to the school. Even the ones that live across the street from the school get on a bus.