Bus Safety

Walking to the Bus Stop

·  Always walk on the sidewalk to the bus stop, never run. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the highway facing traffic when going to and from the bus.

·  Go to the bus stop about five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. While at the bus stop, wait quietly in a safe place well away from the road. Do not run and play while waiting.


Getting On and Off the Bus

·     If it is necessary to cross the    highway, cross at the bus loading  zone and do so only on signal of the  bus driver. BE SURE THE WAY IS  CLEAR.

·     Enter the bus in line with  younger students in front. Hold the  handrail while going up and down  the stairs.

·     When entering the bus, go  directly to a seat. Remain seated  and face forward during the entire  ride.

Riding the Bus

Once on the bus, take your assigned seat.
·     Always speak quietly on the bus so the driver will not be distracted. Always be silent when a bus comes to a railroad crossing so the driver can hear if a train is coming.
·     Never throw things on the bus or out the windows.
·     Keep the aisles clear at all times.
·     Feet should be directly in front of you on the floor and book bags should be kept on your lap.
·     Large instruments or sports equipment should not block the aisle or emergency exits.
·     Never play with the emergency exits. Large instruments or sports equipment should not block the aisle or emergency exits.
·     If there is an emergency, listen to the driver and follow instructions.
·     Hands should be kept to yourself at all times while riding on the bus. Fighting and picking on others creates a dangerous bus ride.
·     Obey the bus driver, or monitor concerning your actions on the bus. Being disrespectful and/ or rude will not be tolerated.
Exiting the Bus

·     Remain seated until the bus has stopped before attempting to leave the bus. All passengers are to stay behind the barrier.
·     If you leave something on the bus, never return to the bus to get it. The driver may not see you come back and she may begin moving the bus. 
·     Make sure that drawstrings and other loose objects are secure before getting off the bus so that they do not get caught on the handrail or the door.
·     Respect the "Danger Zone" which surrounds all sides of the bus. The "Danger Zone" is ten feet wide on all sides of the bus.
·     Always remain 10 steps away from the bus to be out of the "Danger Zone" and where the driver can see you.
·     Always cross the street in front of the bus. Never go behind the bus. If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver before you attempt to pick it up, so they will know where you are.
·     Never speak to strangers at the bus stop and never get into the car with a stranger. Always go straight home and tell your parents if a stranger tries to talk to you or tries to pick you up.

Additional Bus Procedures and Information

·     Any unsafe act, vandalism,    tampering with equipment, or  misconduct is to be immediately  reported to the bus driver upon  arriving at school.

·     Smoking on the bus, fighting on the bus, exhibiting of weapons, in any form, is prohibited. Those who engage in any of these violations will lose their right to ride the bus.

·     Absolutely no food drinks, or gum will be allowed.

·     Profanity or abusive language will not be tolerated.

·     Cell Phones, i-pods, games, or any other electronic devices are prohibited.

·     Bodily contact and/or indecent exposure will not be tolerated.

Riding a school bus is a privilege. Students who do not comply with the rules and regulations may forfeit the right to ride the bus. Parents should be advised of the violations and notified that students who fail to comply with the rules and regulations may lose their right for bus transportation.

Bus Safety Tips and Guidlines provided from JCS School Bus Passenger Rules and the NC Bus Safety website:

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