The Bus Safety Program was developed to maximize our students’ safety while they are being transported to and from school. This is reviewed with the students at school periodically during the school year. We would like to enlist your help in reviewing and supporting this program with your child.
When Crossing the Street
If your child needs to cross the street to get to or from a bus, they need to
- wait for the bus to stop,
- wait for the driver’s signal,
- look both ways for on-coming traffic, and
- walk quickly across the street ten (10) feet in front of the bus.
At Bus Stops
Your child should
- arrive no earlier than five (5) minutes prior to the bus arrival,
- wait in line in order to arrive at the bus stop without pushing or shoving,
- not try to retrieve a lost or dropped item that is under or near the bus,
- report to the driver when they are on the bus about a lost or dropped item, and
- be supervised while waiting for the bus to arrive.
On the Bus
While on the bus, students should
- sit in their chosen or assigned seat from entry onto the bus until the bus arrives at its destination and comes to a complete stop,
- respect the rights and property of all others on the bus, and
- realize that they are responsible for keeping the noise on the bus to a reasonable level to ensure that the driver is able to concentrate on transporting them safely.
If as student has a problem
- the student can decide to ignore the situation or tell the person how they feel,
- the student can tell the bus driver, when it is safe, and
- if the problem continues, the student can tell the principal.
When getting off the bus, the student should
- go directly to the designated waiting area or into the school if the doors have been opened, and
- not wait around the bus area for friends or other busses.
When getting on the bus, the students should
- walk carefully to the bus,
- allow space for the person in front of them to get on the bus first, and
- go immediately to the assigned or vacant seat.
If a student presents a threat to the safe operation of the bus, the driver may report, in writing, that student to the principal or their designee for administrative action. The information below describes the various levels of consequences. Based on the severity of the behavior, the following consequences may be issued
- student receives a warning,
- student receives formal discipline including loss of recess or detention after school, and/or
- student loses bus privileges for a period of time.
Note, if your child is involved in such a situation, you will receive a bus conduct report that you will need to initial and return to the school principal.
Video cameras may be used to monitor behavior on school buses.