School Bus Safety

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Stopping for a School Bus When Driving
According to the Department of Transportation, when a school bus stops with red lights flashing, you must stop, too. You need to remain stopped until the lights stop flashing. Whether you are behind the bus, or coming toward it from the front, you must stop at least 20 feet from the bus. The only time you don't have to stop is when you are on the opposite side of a divided highway.
Procedures for Riding the Bus
More than likely, your child will be using the District's transportation either to get to and from school, or for field trips during school hours. In order to assure the utmost safety of all students, please help your child understand the following guidelines:
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1. Students must ride on their assigned bus. Parental exceptions need to be made in writing to the school principal.
2. Students should get on and off the bus at their regular stop, unless a written parental request for change, signed by the principal, has been presented to the bus driver.
3. Please allow yourself enough time to be at the bus stop promptly.
4. Walk on the side of the road facing traffic to get to the bus stop, and stay off the road while waiting for the bus.
5. When leaving the bus, cross the road at least 10 feet in front of the bus, but only after checking to be sure no traffic is approaching and/or after receiving a signal from the driver. Students should be alert to the danger signal from the driver.
6. Please be courteous, behave in an orderly fashion, and help look after the comfort and safety of small children.
While on the Bus ...
1. Obey the driver.
2. Keep the bus safe and clean at all times.
3. Sit in your assigned seat, if applicable, and remain seated while the bus is in motion.
4. Refrain from throwing anything inside the bus, or out the bus windows. Keep your hands and head inside the bus at all times.
5. Never tamper with the bus, or any of its equipment. Damage shall be paid for by the offender.
6. Refrain from loud talking or laughing or unnecessary confusion as it can divert the driver's attention and could cause an accident. When approaching a railroad crossing sign, riders should remain silent.
7. In case of a road emergency, remain in the bus, unless directed to do otherwise by the bus driver.
8. Transporting live animals, glass articles, roller blades or skateboards on the bus is not permitted because of the potential safety hazard.
9. Please keep your personal items out of the aisles.
10. Profanity is not allowed.
11. Food or beverages are not to be consumed on the bus, and use of tobacco is prohibited.
Disciplinary Procedures
Bus riding is considered a privilege and an extension of the school day. Inappropriate behavior on a school bus can be potentially dangerous, and will be dealt with in a consistent manner on a timely basis.
First offense: Written warning to student with a copy sent to parent/guardian.
Second offense: Up to a three-day bus riding suspension.
Third offense: One week bus riding suspension with a mandatory student-parent/guardian-administration conference.
Fourth offense: Bus riding suspension for the remainder of the semester with a mandatory student-parent/guardian-administration conference.
Fifth offense: Bus riding suspension for the remainder of the school year with a mandatory student-parent/guardian-administrator conference.
 
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Did You Know ...

  • 475,000 school buses travel more than 4 billion miles a year carrying 26 million children every school day.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that school buses are the safest vehicles on America’s Highways.
  • School buses must comply with more Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) – 37 in total – than any other vehicle on the road.
  • School bus drivers are highly trained professionals who are subject to random drug and alcohol testing and criminal history background checks.