TRANSPORTATION SAFETY TIPS
Our drivers and monitors are trained to put the safety needs of our students first. Please take a few moments to read over, and review these safety tips with your student prior to the first day of school.
1. Be on time at the bus stop. Students should be at the bus stop five minutes before the scheduled pick-up time. By the end of the first week of school all buses should be on schedule arriving within 5 minutes of the same time daily, barring unexpected delays or emergencies. Parents or guardian are responsible for the conduct and safety of their children before the school bus arrives and after it departs. Ultimate responsibility for making sure someone is at home or at the bus stop during drop-off, rests with the guardian, although we will do our best to work with you.
2. Students should wear the proper attire for the weather conditions forecast for the day. We encourage students to wear bright colored clothing so they are clearly visible to bus drivers and other motorists on the road.
3. While waiting at the bus stop stand back at least 15 feet from the road and don’t approach the bus until it stops and the driver signals.
4. When getting off the bus, stop at the bottom step and look in both directions before exiting. Then proceed immediately to a location that is away from the bus. Do not stop to check the mail, or retrieve any items you may have dropped.
5. If crossing a road make eye contact with the driver and wait for the driver’s signal. Look both ways and then cross the road at least 10 feet in front of the bus.
6. Do not board the bus with any object that cannot be held on your lap or between your knees. Do not bring objects on the bus, which are potentially dangerous or distracting to passengers on the bus. (Absolutely no glass containers)
7. Get on the bus quickly, in an orderly fashion and be seated at once. Remain seated anytime the bus is in motion.
8. Listen carefully to any directions issued by the bus personnel. Students are expected to behave and follow the district’s code of conduct while on the bus. Misbehavior could result in disciplinary action, which may include suspension of bus riding privileges.
9. For their own safety students are not allowed to drink or eat on the bus while the bus is in motion.
10. As a parent or motorist be sure to remember:
a. Yellow Lights mean the bus is going to stop. Slow down!
b. Red Lights mean students are getting on or off the bus. STOP! STOP! STOP!
c. CAUTION: Passing a bus that has its Red Lights Flashing on school grounds can result in the same violation as if you passed a stopped bus on the highway, and more importantly could result in serious injury, since the red lights indicate students are in the general area, either boarding or getting off the bus.
d. Student Drop-off and Pickup: If you have a need to do either, please avoid doing so in the bus loading and unloading zones during the times when buses are present. All our buildings have other entrances that can be used outside of the bus zones.
e. Temporary Bus Changes: If you have a temporary need for your child to ride a bus to a different location other than the student’s regular drop-off, you should send a note, or call the office of the school your child attends with the pertinent information. Be sure to provide a house # and road name along with any other necessary information. If for some reason you have a need for a last minute change for drop-off or pick-up you may call the bus garage and we will try to accommodate. Arrangements for temporary pick-up and drop-offs will only be accommodated on existing routes.
f. Lost Child: Don’t Panic! Call the bus garage. Our buses are 2-Way radio equipped. Therefore, if there is a
problem we can take care of it in a short time.
g. Help–Us: Like everyone else, our cost of providing transportation has Drastically increased over the years. By making sure our buses are not putting on miles that aren’t required or making unnecessary stops, we can reduce many of these costs. In order to help us conserve and reduce cost please assist us by doing the following:
- Let us know in a timely fashion if your child will not be riding the bus on a given day, so the bus only stops at your house when needed.
- Be waiting at the bus stop when the bus arrives so the bus doesn’t have to sit idling, waiting for you.
- If a bus goes both ways on your road you should catch the bus on the same side of the road as your house. This eliminates crossing, enhances safety and also precludes the bus having to stop on it’s way back past your house for a second time.
Should you have any questions about your child’s transportation, please feel free to contact us at 865-4103. We look forward to working with you for another year of continued school bus safety, and appreciate your cooperation.Thank You,Christopher Roberts