Rules for Getting on the Bus Safely

  • Be at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to the arrival of the bus. Never run to or from the bus.
  • Wait at your designated stop in a safe place, back from the side of the road.
  • Remember never to stand in the danger zone that surrounds the bus. The danger zone is anywhere close enough for you to touch the bus.
  • If you need to cross the street to get on the bus, always wait until the bus has come to a complete stop. Look for the stop arm to come out and for the flashing red lights. Watch the driver. When the driver is assured that all traffic has stopped he/she will signal for you to cross the street – but continue to watch for traffic yourself. Always walk, don’t run.
  • Hold the handrail as you get on the bus. Do not push or shove.

Rules for Riding the Bus Safely

  • Take your seat promptly and sit properly, facing forward at all times.
  • Place bags and parcels under your seat or on your lap.
  • Keep the aisle of the bus clear at all times.
  • Always keep your head, hands and arms inside the bus.
  • Throwing objects inside or outside of the bus is not permitted.
  • Talk quietly; the driver needs to concentrate to safely drive the bus. Fighting, shouting, or use of obscene language is not permitted.
  • Be absolutely quiet when approaching a railroad crossing.
  • Participate in all bus evacuation procedures.
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Rules for Leaving the Bus Safely

  • Remain in the seat until the bus comes to a complete stop.
  • When you leave the bus, hold the handrail and take two
  • large steps away from the bus. To cross the street in front of the bus, walk ahead at least ten giant steps (three meters). Cross only when the driver
    gives a signal. Proceed across the street, looking both ways for on-coming traffic. Cross the street in single file.
  • If everyone is getting off the bus, the people at the front leave first. Do not push.
  • If you drop something near the bus, do not pick it up. Tell an adult.

Safety Smarts – Know the Danger Zone

  • The 10 giant steps (or 3 meters) rule is a good measurement for children to identify the danger zone around the school bus, particularly when crossing in front of the bus.
  • Children should never enter the danger zone unless the bus driver has given them permission.
  • If a child can touch the bus, he or she is too close.
  • Remember – if you cannot see the bus driver, the bus driver cannot see you.
  • When near a bus, the children must have the attention of the bus driver.
  • Children should never play around or near school bus vehicles.

Driver Certification

  • The legal requirements for becoming a licensed school bus driver are very demanding: between 20 and 40 hours of specialized training is followed by written exams and a road test in a bus;
  • Driving records are reviewed and regular medical examinations are required;
  • Every driver must complete certified driver improvement courses, as well as know traffic laws and safety procedures thoroughly. Periodic re-evaluations by their employer keep the school vehicle drivers aware of Board requirements