Safety Starts at the Bus Stop
Your child should arrive at the bus stop at least seven minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Visit the bus stop and show your child where to wait for the bus: at least three giant steps (six feet) away from the curb. Remind your child that the bus stop is not a place to run or play.
Get On and Off Safely
When the school bus arrives, your child should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, the door opens, and the driver says it’s okay before approaching the bus door. Your child should use the handrails to avoid falling.|
Use Caution Around the Bus
Your child should never walk behind a school bus. If your child must cross the street in front of the bus, tell him/her to walk on a sidewalk or along the side of the street to a place at least five giant steps (10 feet) in front of the bus before crossing. Your child should also make eye contact with the bus driver before crossing to make sure the driver can see him/her. If your child drops something near the school bus, like a ball or book, the safest thing is for your child to tell the bus driver right away. Your child should not try to pick up the item, because the driver might not be able to see him/her.
What are the parent’s responsibilities?
Parents/guardians shall be responsible and accountable for the conduct and safety of their children at all times prior to the arrival and after the departure of the school bus at the assigned school bus stop.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to instruct their children to go directly home in the afternoons.
Have your child at the bus stop seven minutes prior to scheduled pick-up time.
If possible, teach your child their full name, home address, and telephone number where an adult family member may be contacted in an emergency.
Review the Bus Rider Expectations with your child.
Remind students to watch for siblings at bus loading or unloading times, and encourage them to notify the bus driver of any concerns of a sibling not loading the bus, or getting off at the appropriate stop.
What are the parent’s responsibilities at drop-off time?
If possible, be at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to drop off your elementary aged child(ren).
Parents of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students (or their adult designee) are expected to be at their child’s bus stop with a pick up tag. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students may get off the bus in the afternoon with a sibling who is at least in the first grade as long as the older sibling’s name is on the back of the pre-kindergarten/kindergarten student’s bus tag.
Parents of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are required to sign a transportation agreement at the campus each year. In the event that a parent does not abide by the expectations outlined in the agreement, their child’s transportation privileges may be revoked.
What if my child needs to get off at a stop other than their regularly assigned stop?
Students are only allowed to ride their assigned bus to and from their assigned bus stop to minimize the potential of hazardous situations. Any exceptions need to be approved by campus administration.