SCHOOL BUS RULES & SAFETY GUIDELINES
"our" children to school safely is our number one concern. In order to
ensure the safety of all children we expect all students to behave
appropriately at ALL times-remember bus transportation is a privilege.
It only takes a few minutes to review these bus safety tips with your children. Please make the time for the safety of all our children.
The bus driver is responsible for order and behavior on the school bus. All behavior problems will be immediately reported to the Principal and Transportation Department. Depending
on the infraction, disciplinary measures will be taken including, but
not limited to, the following: a verbal/written warning, parent conference, bus
privileges being suspended (one, five, thirty-day, or indefinite
suspensions). During this period, the student’s parent/guardian is
liable and shall provide transportation to/from School.
to the opening of school, students are assigned to a specific bus and a
specific bus stop. Bus passes are mailed to all eligible students,
indicating route, stop, and time. Adult family members are encouraged to
remind children of all rules and regulations.
All students should know the following School Bus Rules and Safety Guidelines:
THE DISTRICT MAY USE VIDEOTAPING SYSTEMS ON ALL VEHICLES TO MONITOR STUDENT ACTIVITY.
This report was written by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
children to and from school safely each day is serious business. Every
year, thousands of children are injured in school bus-related accidents.
Many of these accidents can be prevented if children know and follow
these rules for bus safety:
children are late for the bus, they concentrate more on getting aboard
than on safety. Too often, accidents result. Set your morning routine so
that your child arrives at the bus stop at least ten minutes before the
bus is due.
Stay in the safe zone:
drivers have blind spots because of bus design and many children have
been injured because the bus driver simply did not see them. Tell your
children to always stay in the "safe zone" of at least ten feet in front
of the bus.
Save the horseplay:
stops are not playgrounds. Goofing around while waiting for the bus,
especially if the play extends into the street can be deadly. Make sure
your children understand the danger.
One at a time:
child wants to get a "good" seat, but it is important for children to
take their time entering the bus, lining up in a single file and not
trying to push their way through a swarm.
may think that bus rules (no shouting, no throwing things, no
horseplay) are just to keep them in line, but there are serious safety
issues involved. They should understand the importance of never
distracting the bus driver.
are so eager to leave the bus that they often start for the front
before the bus has stopped. Let them know that they should wait until
the bus comes to a complete stop before leaving their seats.
Cut the ties:
with drawstrings can be a real danger because loose strings can get
caught on bus handrails. To be safe, remove drawstrings from your
children’s jackets and look for backpacks that do not have drawstrings.
dropped book can turn into a serious accident if the bus driver does
not see it. Tell your children to let the bus driver know immediately if
they drop something while getting on or off the bus.
The inside story:
out the safest route to and from the bus stop and walk it with your
children a few more times. Make sure they cross streets only at
crosswalks or corners, never darting out between parked cars, and that
they always look both ways before crossing.
The District reserves the right to add, delete or modify bus rules/safety guidelines at any time.