Elementary Bus Transportation Rules

Students:

If you live outside the walking limits to school you are granted the privilege of riding the bus to and from school. To maintain an efficient, orderly and safe means of transportation, please remember to be on your best behavior on the bus, in the bus lines at school and neighborhood bus stop areas.

Buses

Most of you depend on buses to get to and from school and riding the bus is a very important privilege. You can, however, lose the right to ride the bus. Remember that being on a bus is like being in a classroom. The same rules apply in both places. Students are expected to show respect, follow directions, and ride the bus safely. You are assigned one bus and that is the bus you can ride, unless you get permission from the Transportation Coordinator. The First Student Transportation Group has established the following rules and the rules apply to everyone who rides on a school bus.

Boarding the School Bus

Arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is due.
Keep at least five feet away from the roadway until the bus has fully stopped. In the winter, DO NOT stand on the snow banks.
At the driver's signal, approach the bus in single file. Do not push and shove or run to the bus. When approaching from the road, keep at least ten feet from the bus until you are at the entrance door.
If you must cross in front of the bus, do not begin to cross until the driver signals you that it is safe to do so. Then look left and right before crossing. Keep at least ten feet in front of the bus at all times (the student should be able to see the driver at all times). Cross only in front of the bus.
After boarding the bus, go directly to a seat and sit down.

Leaving the School Bus

Pay attention to your surroundings. Know when the bus is approaching your stop and be ready when it reaches your stop. Remain in your seat until the bus has fully stopped.
When the bus is fully stopped, walk directly to the door and carefully exit the bus. Immediately move at least ten feet away from the bus.
If you must cross in front of the bus, wait for the driver to signal that it is safe to do so. Then walk to the headlight on the driver's side of the bus, stop and wait for the driver to signal that it is safe to continue. When the driver signals that it is safe to continue, step to the corner of the bus and look left and right yourself before doing so. Always keep at least ten feet in front of the bus (the student should be able to see the driver at all times). Cross only in front of the bus.
Never try to pick up or go after an object that has been dropped near or under the bus without telling the driver first. Wait for the driver to tell you that it is safe for you to go after the object before doing so.

Students are expected to follow the same rules of civilized behavior while on a school bus that they do in the classroom. Bus rules and consequences are provided so each student and parent are clear on expectations and consequences. The school bus driver is in complete charge of the school bus and the students. The driver shall be responsible to the First Student Location Manager and shall have the same authority in maintaining discipline as a teacher in the classroom under the supervision of the School Board and the Superintendent of Schools. The school supports the bus driver's judgment in providing for the safety of students on each bus.

Parents:

The School District's First Student Location Manager handles any problems related to busing schedules and routes. Any concerns should be directed to her.

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