Safety Reminders

This section contains information about the responsibilities of passengers, parents and drivers in ensuring safe bus transportation.

Passengers need to remember the following safety rules:

  • Be on time for the bus.
  • Never run to or from the bus.
  • Stand back from the curb.
  • Don’t push or shove.
  • Stay in your seat.
  • Don’t yell or shout.
  • No fighting or hitting.
  • Always obey the driver.
  • Wait for the driver’s signal before crossing the street.
  • Always cross at least 10 feet in front of the bus.
  • Never crawl under a bus.
  • Remain silent at railroad crossings.
  • Do not eat or drink on the bus.
  • Sit in your assigned seat.
  • Keep aisles and exits clear.
  • Passengers must leave or board the bus at their assigned locations.
  • Keep bags and personal items to a minimum.

Parents/caregivers play an important role in keeping passengers safe on the bus. They can help by:

  • Reviewing safety rules with passengers, and explaining why each rule is important.
  • Helping passengers dress suitably for weather conditions, and day/night situations  (dress in light colored clothing or jackets on dark mornings/evenings).
  • Eliminating all drawstrings and dangling straps from clothing that may get caught on the bus while the passenger is loading or unloading.
  • Working with the driver and principal/facility manager if necessary to help correct behavior patterns when passengers forget the rules.
  • Helping ensure passenger readiness before their bus arrives.
  • Building awareness of pick up and drop off times, and being ready to assist
    when needed.
  • Assisting at the wheelchair lift area during loading/unloading.
  • Keeping pets away from the loading/unloading area.

Bus drivers help keep passengers safe in a number of ways:

  • Driving the bus safely.
  • Getting to know passengers as much as possible.
  • Letting passengers know what the rules are, and what the consequences are for breaking the rules.
  • Correcting passengers when they make a mistake.
  • Letting a parent or the principal/facility manager know when a passenger disregards a rule repeatedly.
  • Not allowing one or two passengers to jeopardize the safety of everyone riding the bus.
  • Operating the bus on the established schedule.
  • Keeping the bus clean and safe for all passengers.