Safety Rules

We ask that you discuss with your child the following basic guidelines for safe bus behavior. Please remember—bus transportation is a privilege, not a right. This privilege will be withdrawn for inappropriate behavior.

During the first week of school, students will receive training in bus safety and appropriate conduct. The following are the rules of safe behavior:

  1. Students shall remain a safe distance back from the roadway while awaiting the arrival of the bus. They should refrain from destructive or dangerous behavior at the stop.

  2. Students shall enter the bus in an orderly manner and go directly to a seat and remain seated until the destination is reached. The bus driver is authorized to assign seats if necessary.

  3. Students shall keep their hands, arms, and heads inside the bus.

  4. Students shall not throw objects in, around, or out of the bus.

  5. All articles such as athletic equipment, books, musical instruments, etc., must be out of the aisles. If the items are too large to be kept out of the aisle, the article is too large to be transported on the school bus. For safety purposes, articles that create a hazard will not be transported.

  6. The emergency door must be used for emergencies only. Students shall not touch the safety equipment.

  7. The school bus shall be tobacco- and drug-free.

  8. No weapons or look-alike weapons will be allowed on the bus in accordance with the school district's weapons policy.

  9. Students shall follow all directions given by the bus driver.

  10. Students are to be courteous to other students, other adults, and the bus driver, and refrain from profane language.

  11. There shall be no eating or drinking on the bus except on field trips or co-curricular trips when prearranged and supervised by a teacher or coach.

  12. There shall be no animals of any kind on the bus.

  13. Students who must cross the street at a bus stop shall not do so until they receive a signal from the bus driver. If crossing a street is necessary, it shall always be done 10 feet in front of the bus. This means that the student should be able to see the face of the bus driver. The driver shall hold the bus with warning lights flashing and the stop arm extended until the crossing is completed.

  14. Students shall refrain from dangerous behavior including pushing and shoving in school bus loading and unloading zones. Students shall enter and leave the bus in an orderly manner.

  15. Students will be held responsible for any damage to the bus, and they will be expected to make restitution.

  16. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to review with their student on a timely basis the rules for bus ridership. It is expected that the parent or guardian will support the school in enforcement of this policy.