Safety Rules for Riding the Bus:
- Students must follow the instructions of their driver.
- Students must remain in their seat while the bus is in motion, keeping aisles clear at all times.
- Students must remain quiet and orderly; stop, look and listen with the bus driver at all railroad crossings.
- Students must be courteous to the bus driver and fellow passengers. No fighting, yelling, or throwing objects. Foul language or rude behavior will not be tolerated.
- Students are not permitted to smoke, eat or drink on the bus and must help to keep the bus neat and clean.
Safety Rules for the Bus Stop:
- Students must leave home early enough to arrive at the bus stop five minutes before the bus is due. Buses will not wait for tardy students.
- Students must wait for their bus well off the roadway and respect the property of others.
- Students must enter the bus in a single file and in an orderly manner.
- Do not approach the bus until it is completely stopped, the red lights are activated, and the driver signals you to board the bus.
- When leaving the bus, if students must cross, they should always cross in front of the bus. Walk 10 feet. Look both ways and wait for the driver to signal approval. A child must never attempt to return to the bus unless instructed to do so by the driver.
- If your child misses the bus, do not attempt to chase it down. For safety, please driver your child directly to school.
Any student who does not obey these rules may lose the privilege of riding the bus.
Parent Responsibilities to Support Safe Bus Transportation
- Ensure that your child rides the same bus daily.
- Establish a set time to have your child leave home for the morning pick-up.
- Allow for delays due to inclement weather or construction.
- Stress the importance of remaining seated on the bus, waiting for the driver to signal and looking both ways before crossing the street.
- Familiarize your child with the rules and regulations of safe school bus riding.
- Meet younger students at the stop.
- Recognize that the Transportation Department policies and procedures are designed to provide safe and efficient transportation. Disruptive behavior may result in suspension of bus privileges.
- Please be patient when inclement weather, road conditions, and traffic are less than optimal. Snow, Ice, Rain and wind can all cause delays.
- Please listen to your radio for closing and delays. Closing and delay information is also posted on the district website.
- Please do not call the bus garage except in an emergency. They must keep the phone lines open for critical calls.
- It is illegal to pass a school bus stopped with its Red Lights On.
- Red Lights flashing indicate that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off.
- Flashing Yellow lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop.
- Slow down, watch for children congregating near bus stops.
- This applies to school grounds, parking lots, multiple lane roadways, as well as both sides of a divided highway.