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School Bus Safety Rules

The following information is useful for school bus riders and their parents.

Rules for getting on the bus safely: 

  1. Be at the stop 5 mins prior to your scheduled pickup time as per board policy.   Never run to or from the bus
  2. Wait at the designated stop in a safe place well back from the side of the road.
  3. Remember the danger zone around the bus.  The danger zone is anywhere close enough to the bus to touch it.  The bus driver cannot see you when you are in the danger zone.
  4. If you cross the street to get on the bus:  when the bus comes, wait until it has come to a complete stop.  The bus driver will make sure that all the traffic stops.  The stop arm will be out and the red lights will be flashing.  Watch the driver.  When the driver knows its safe, he or she will signal you to cross, but watch for traffic yourself.  Walk, don't run.
  5. Hold the hand rail as you get on the bus.  Don't push or shove.
Rules for Safe School Bus Riding:
  1. Take your seat promptly and sit properly, facing forward at all times.
  2. Hold bags and parcels in your lap.  Do not stick your feet into the aisle, someone might trip.
  3. Keep your head and arms - everything - inside the bus.  Don't throw anything out the windows or around the bus.
  4. Talk quietly.  The driver must concentrate to drive the bus safely.
  5. Save snacks for snack time at school or till you get home.  They may spill or you may choke if the bus goes over a big bump.
  6. No fighting, shouting or playing in or around the bus.
  7. Always follow the bus driver's instructions.
Rules for Leaving the Bus Safely: 
  1. When you leave the bus, hold the handrail and take two large steps away from the bus and ten large steps ahead of the bus.
  2. Cross only when the driver gives a signal.  Cross the street in single file.
  3. If you drop something near the bus, don't pick it up.  Tell the driver or other adult
  4. If everyone is getting of the bus, the people at the front leave first. Do not push.
  5. Be familiar with the rules for emergencies.
TRANSPORTATION OF STUDENTS

Parents/Guardians must realize that riding a school bus is a privilege
 and not a right of a pupil

Pursuant to The Education Act, school boards may provide transportation to their students. Transportation is a privilege not a right. School bus rules and regulations are set to maintain a safe and reliable mode of transportation. Failure to abide by the rules will result in the loss of transportation privileges.

The Board MAY provide transportation for students with a  home address further than:
1.0km (Grades JK & SK)
1.6km (Grades 1-8)                               
3.2km (Grades 9-12)

Alternate drop-off points are unacceptable.  Your child should be consistently picked up at one designated stop or dropped off at one designated stop during the year.  Changes in drop-off points for your children is an unsafe practice and costly to the Board.

Requests for alternate drop-off points will be granted in every case of emergency, with the expressed written consent of the principal or designate.

Door to door service is not guaranteed.  Routes are set to service all students as safely and efficiently as possible.  Bus stops are located in accordance with Board and Ministry guidelines.

When Inclement weather occurs and the schools are to be closed or transportation routes are to be delayed for a length of time or canceled, it will be announced on the local radio stations.

If the parent/guardian considers road conditions too hazardous (even though the buses are operating), they decide to send their child(ren) to school or not.

Parent/Guardians are responsible for the safety and conduct of their children prior to pick-up, at the start and after leaving the bus at the end of the school day.

Junior/Senior Kindergarten Students – If the parent or designate is not physically present at the bus drop-off point, the student(s) will be returned to the school

BUS RULES
  1. Be at your bus stop on time
  2. No pushing or shoving (while on or off the bus)
  3. Board bus in single file
  4. Assist small children on or off the bus
  5. No smoking, eating or drinking on the bus
  6. Do not litter the bus
  7. Normal talk only is allowed
  8. No large objects or animals allowed on the bus
  9. Be quiet when approaching a railway crossing
  10. Damages to seats or equipment MUST BE PAID FOR BY THE OFFENDER

Riding a school bus is a privilege and not a right, therefore
failure to comply with these rules may mean the forfeit of this privilege.

 
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