School Bus Safety Guidelines

For Students and Parents

Rules for School Bus Safety

  1. Arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes early.
  2. Wait for the bus in a safe place and stand back, away from the curb at the bus pick-up location.
  3. Take your seat as quickly as possible after boarding the bus.
  4. Remain properly seated with your feet in front of you and facing the front at all times.
  5. Keep hands, arms, and head inside the bus at all times.
  6. Enter and exit the bus carefully and use the handrail.
  7. Notify the driver if you need to cross the street and wait to cross until the driver has checked that it is safe to do so.
  8. Display respectful behavior and use appropriate language at all times.
  9. Request bus driver assistance to retrieve any items dropped under or near the bus.
  10. Never chase the bus for any reason.
  11. Keep all personal belongings inside your backpack.
  12. No food, drinks, or gum are allowed on the bus.
  13. Animals and insects should not be transported on the bus.
  14. Glass containers, projects, or large objects should not be transported on the bus.
  15. Use of cell phones, tablets, or other electronic devices is permitted as long as devices are on silent mode or only one ear bud is used to allow for any instructions from the bus driver to be heard by all passengers.

Walking to and From the Bus Stop

  1. Leave your home early enough that you will arrive to your bus stop at least 5 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.
  2. Look both ways before crossing any street.
  3. If you are across the street from the bus stop and the bus has arrived, wait for the bus driver to help you safely cross the street.
  4. Do not run across the street.
  5. Obey all traffic signals and use marked crosswalks.
  6. Wait in a safe area away from the bus and stand back, away from the curb at the bus pick-up location.
  7. Stay out of the danger zone which is 12 feet extending in every direction of the bus. (See diagram above.)

Procedures for Crossing the Street

State law requires that all students in 8th grade and below must be escorted across the roadway using the flashing red lights, however, many schools, including Heritage Christian Schools escort all students regardless of age or grade.

  1. When directed, students will follow the bus driver out of the bus and wait at the front corner of the bus on the curb.
  2. The driver will continue into the street with a handheld stop sign.
  3. When directed by the bus driver, students will walk straight across the street between the driver and the bus.
  4. Students should look both ways before passing the edge of the bus.
  5. Once students have crossed the roadway they may not return to the bus.
  6. Parents needing to cross should cross with their student. State law requires students to be escorted by the bus driver even if a parent is present.
  7. Parents driving to the bus stop should park their vehicle on the same side of the street at the bus stop.
  8. Students crossing at traffic lights will not be escorted.