GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
Parent or Guardian:
• Become familiar with all rules, policies and procedures affecting pupil transportation.
• Teach safe crossing procedures to your children.
• Insist on the good behavior of your children at the bus stop and on the bus.
• Make sure that your children are at the proper bus stop and on time.
• Support appropriate discipline efforts.
• Check your children’s clothing for loose straps or drawstrings that could get snagged. Drawstrings on jackets, sweatshirts and other clothing items can pose a danger to your child.
• Clothe your children in bright colors to increase their visibility in the early morning and late afternoon hours. You can also put reflective tape on jackets and back packs.
• All students younger than first grade must be met by a responsible person at the bus stop. If the responsible person is not at the stop, the child will not be let off the bus. Failure to meet a child of this age can result in a suspension of transportation.
• Parents are strongly encouraged to escort all students to and from the bus each day. Children face a much greater chance of injury outside of the bus (at the bus stop or crossing the street) than on the bus.
• Parents of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students should provide their child with information tags. These tags should include the child’s name, address, telephone number, grade level, bus route and stop.
• Children less than four (4) years old will ride the bus in child safety seats. Once the child reaches their fourth birthday, they will ride the bus in the same manner as the rest of the students.
• While on the bus, you are under the direct authority of the Bus Driver and Bus Aide.
• The standards of conduct on the school bus are the same as within the school building.
• You must display respect for the rights of others.
• You must realize that disciplinary actions will result if you do not conduct yourself properly.
Waiting for the bus
• Be on time for the bus. Arrive at your assigned stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to get there.
• don't play in the street.
• Don’t push, pull, or chase other children.
• Don’t trespass on your neighbor’s property.
• Always carry your books and other things in a backpack or bag.
If you must cross the street for your bus:
- Wait for the Bus Aide or Bus Driver to signal you to cross. If no Bus Aide is present, be very careful and watch for the Bus Driver’s signal (the universal crossing signal).
- Cross far enough in front of the bus so the Bus Driver can see you (at least ten feet). Remember the phrase “I see you, you see me”. If you can see the Bus Driver’s eyes, then the Bus Driver can see you.
- If the Bus Driver sounds the horn that is a danger signal. You should return to the sidewalk immediately and wait for further instructions.
- When crossing, stop halfway across the street to check for oncoming traffic. Look as you cross. Never run straight across the street. Remember the phrase “left, right, then left again”. Look both ways and repeat a quick look to the left before your final crossing. Most traffic comes to you first from your left.
- Remember, cars don’t always obey the flashing red lights of the bus.
- As your bus approaches, line up at least six feet back from the street. Do not approach the bus until it has stopped. Wait until the Bus Driver or Bus Aide tells you to approach the bus.
- If you drop something near the bus don’t try to pick it up. Call for help instead.
Getting on the bus
• When loading, stay away from the danger zone and wait for the Driver’s signal.
• Get on the bus carefully and in a single file. Never push while in line. Use the handrail.
• Get on your bus quickly and be seated at once. The bus cannot move until all students are seated.
• Sit in the seats in the middle of the bus first, and then fill towards the front and rear.
Riding the bus
• Listen carefully and obey all directions of the Bus Driver and Bus Aide.
• Don’t talk with the Bus Driver while the bus is in motion unless it is an emergency.
• You can talk quietly with your neighbor while on the bus. Shouting and other excessive noise may distract the Bus Driver and Bus Aide.
• You must remain seated at all times.
• Don’t eat, drink, or litter while on the bus.
• Don’t mark or damage the bus in any way.
• Never stick any part of your body out of the bus windows.
• Emergency exits must be used only for emergencies or safety drills. Never touch the emergency exit unless it is an emergency.
• You need a note from your school to the Bus Driver to get on or off the bus at a different stop.
• You are not allowed to bring anything on the bus that you are not allowed to bring to school. You are never allowed to bring animals on the bus. You are never allowed to carry large objects on the bus.
• Never harass or assault your fellow students while on the bus.
• Getting off the bus
• When unloading, look before stepping off the bus to be sure no cars are passing on the shoulder (side of the road).
• Move away from the bus quickly. Do not linger on the sidewalk.