Bus Safety Guidelines for Students
School bus safety is a top priority and a joint effort between transportation personnel, students, parents and school building officials. Below are some school bus rules, tips for safe school bus riding, important information, and resources about our school district's bus discipline policy.
Bus Safety Tips:
1) Leave home early enough to arrive at your bus stop on time.
2) Wait for your bus in a safe place - well off the roadway and in the same place each school day.
3) Be alert to traffic and stay away from strangers.
4) Enter the bus in an orderly manner, and take your seat.
Bus Safety Rules:
1) Observe classroom conduct.
2) Seatbelts are recommended for student safety.
3) Be courteous (do not use foul or abusive language).
4) Do not eat or drink on the bus. This is to avoid choking hazards and to respect the possibility of food allergies of other students.
5) Keep the bus clean.
6) Cooperate with the driver and follow driver's instructions.
7) Do not smoke.
8) Do not damage bus or equipment.
9) Stay in your seat.
10) Keep head, hands and feet inside bus and out of the aisle.
11) Do not fight, push or shove.
12) Do not tamper with bus equipment.
13) Do not bring pets on the bus.
14) Do not bring flammable material on the bus.
15) The bus driver is authorized to assign seats and require students to wear seatbelts.
16) No glass containers allowed.
17) Electronic devices including, but not limited to, video games, CD, iPods, radios will be allowed as long as:
No sound on video games
• Musical/MP3 players and game devices are used with headsets;
• No conflicts or talk beyond quiet voices will be tolerated over these items;
• These items are put away before getting on/off the bus;
• Music/games with inappropriate language are not allowed;
• Only "E for everyone" games are allowed on game devices. Students bring these items on the bus at their own risk as school is not responsible for lost or broken video games, iPods, radios or other electronic devices.
18) Use of cell phones is NOT allowed. Why?...
• Cell phone use--ringtones and loud conversations--can be a major distraction to a bus driver.
• Cell phone use may interfere with bus radios or on-board computers.
• Many cell phones now have the ability to take pictures and videos, which can inadvertently put the safety and privacy of our guarded students at risk if these pictures are made public via social networking outlets (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Blogs, etc.).
• Cell phones can now also play downloaded music, which is prohibited on school buses unless the student is using headphones. Bus drivers need to concentrate when they are driving. Music being played aloud can interfere with the driver hearing sirens from police, ambulance and fire safety vehicles.
• Consistency is key when it comes to cell phone rules. The school bus is viewed as an extension of the classroom--when on a bus students are asked to abide by all rules governing the classroom. Since cell phones are not allowed in the classroom, they are not allowed on the school bus.
• If an accident does occur, premature phone calls or texts from students’ cell phones to parents can create unnecessary havoc (i.e., parents rushing to the scene of a fender bender, parents vehicles blocking traffic, parents vehicles interfering with emergency and police vehicles on the scene or getting to the scene, etc.). Our bus drivers are trained every year to deal with on- and off-road accidents.
Parents/child care providers of kindergarten through grade 4 students:
Drivers must see or be assured that an adult is present when a kindergarten through grade 4 student is dropped off. We request that an adult/older student acknowledge the bus by standing in a doorway or waving from a window. If your home is not visible from the road, please make provisions for the student by communicating with the driver or the bus garage. If the driver does not see an adult, the student will return to the Elementary School.
Requests to ride on a different bus:
Students need a note from their parent/guardian to obtain a bus pass to ride on a bus other than their own. This note should be brought to the main office before noon and the space availability will determine if permission can be given.