The Board of
Education considers school bus safety its main objective in the area
of pupil transportation. To further this objective, the Board of
Education has approved additional safety measures that exceed those
required by law. These include:
- Equipping all
buses with two-way radios, seat belts, and "stop"
- Inspecting all
buses by trained members of the Transportation Office before the
start of service in September and each month
- Providing energy
absorption for all bus seats and stanchions to protect against
exposed metal frames and bars. High seat backs offer "contained"
- Limiting bus
speed to 35 mph on all local roads and 45 mph on major highways
(except where reduced speeds are posted or there are existing
- Complying with
Article 19A of the Motor Vehicle Law, which sets standards for
driver selection, periodic review, evaluation, and
disqualification, and conducting more stringent review and
- Reporting an
annual physical examination prior to the start of service for all
- Requiring three
character references for all drivers.
- Reviewing and
approving a driving record abstract, obtained from the Department
of Motor Vehicles, for all drivers.
- Completing a
basic school bus driver course, approved by the State Education
Department, for all drivers, followed by refresher instruction in
school bus safety practices twice each school
- Having members of
the Transportation Office periodically observe and evaluate each
driver. An unsatisfactory rating in driving skills or failure to
follow the safety precautions outlined in the district's
specifications could result in the initiation of an action to
dismiss a driver.
- Having each
school bus driver use a seat belt while transporting
- Providing a
program of random drug and alcohol testing of the
Responsibilities For School Bus Safety
On the way to and
waiting for the bus --
- Being on time,
but getting to the stop no more than 10 minutes before the
scheduled arrival of the bus.
- Observing the
following safety precautions --
- Not playing in
- Looking both
ways when crossing a street and crossing at a light-controlled
or guarded intersection where possible.
- Not pushing,
pulling or chasing other pupils at the bus
- Not bringing
large, bulky items on the bus, i.e., musical instruments,
animal cages, big displays.
- Not allowing
younger, pre-school children or pets to accompany them to the bus
- Not trespassing
on or damaging private property.
- As the bus
approaches, allowing at least six feet of clearance from the
designated bus stop. Not approaching the bus until it has stopped
and the driver has opened the door. Not pushing others in
When boarding the bus
- Have bus pass
ready to show the driver.
- Board in an
orderly manner and get seated quickly.
- Buckle seat
- Follow the
instructions of the bus driver.
When riding the bus
- Share a seat with
one or two others.
- Use seat
- Don't sit on the
- Don't smoke,
drink alcoholic beverages, or carry weapons, which are prohibited
- Don't extend any
part of the body out the window.
- Don't throw
objects inside the bus or out windows.
- Don't change
seats while the bus is moving.
- Don't transport
- Avoid shouting
and excessive noise that might distract the
- Avoid unnecessary
conversation with the driver while the bus is in
- Don't stand or
sit in the door well or in the area adjacent to the
- Be considerate
and courteous to fellow riders.
- Understand that
the bus driver is in authority and students are responsible to
When departing from
the bus --
- Gather belongings
before the stop approaches.
- Don't leave seats
until the bus has come to a complete stop.
- Release the seat
belt and pull the two ends straight across the
- Leave the bus
promptly and in an orderly fashion, without
- Walk 10 feet
ahead of the bus at curbside and wait for the driver's signal to
go, before crossing the street. Never cross behind the bus. Do not
run. Carefully look left and right for cars that may be passing
the bus illegally.