Bus Safety

  • October Safety Week

    Students transported in a school bus shall be under the authority of and responsible to the driver of the bus. The disciplining authority of each school shall enforce the specified bus rules and regulations upon 

    a referral of any school bus driver. Disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the lawful directions of the driver shall be sufficient reason to be subject to disciplinary action.

    All school bus riders are subject to the provisions of the student handbook and the “Safety Rules for Riding School Buses.” This information is sent home with the student at the beginning of each school year.

    Violations of the regulations listed within the Safety Rules for Riding School Buses may result in disciplining action consisting of the following: (a) a conduct notice, (b) a disciplinary notice, (c) a suspension notice for a set number of days (10 school days maximum), and (d) a suggested expulsion notice, or revocation of the privilege of participation (ridership). In addition to or in lieu of this disciplinary action, the disciplining authority may impose disciplinary measures in the nature of after school work, repair of or payment for physical damage caused by students, cleanup and/or painting of area of physical damage caused by students, or court action.

    Policy EEACC-R

    Pupil Rider Safety Instruction
    Emergency exit drills shall be practiced by all pupil riders at least twice a year, the first occurring during the first 30 instructional days and the second in the second semester.

    Trespassing
    Any person, whether a student or not, is prohibited from entering or remaining upon any school property, including school buses, when (1) an authorized individual gives direction to vacate the property; or when (2) a notice, posted at a place where it reasonably may be seen, contains such information. Persons violating the provision may be proceeded against in court.

    Bringing Bulky Items Aboard the Bus
    Bulky items may be brought onto the bus as long as they can safely fit into the seating compartment and do not pose a safety hazard or occupy space needed for a rider.

    Items not Permitted on the Bus
    The use or possession of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, glass containers or weapons of any type are prohibited on the bus.  Further, buses may not display stickers, and for the safety of all passengers, items can not be displayed on the dashboard.

    While walking to and waiting for the bus,

    DO:

    Take the safest route to assigned bus stop
    Arrive at the bus stop no more than five minutes prior to loading bus
    Wait in a safe place off the main street
    Remain in the assigned loading area maintaining an orderly behavior
    Wear bright clothes if there is snow, rain, or fog
    Stand back from the street or road and give the bus driver room to stop

    DO NOT:

    Trespass on private property or litter
    Play in the street or roadway
    Sit on the curb
    Run toward a moving bus as it approaches the bus stop or loading zone at the school

    When boarding the bus, and before crossing the street or road,

    DO:

    Check the traffic in both directions
    Wait until the bus driver signals to cross
    Walk in front of the waiting bus
    Form a single line as the bus approaches
    Wait on sidewalk until bus comes to a full stop
    Enter the bus single file, using handrail and let younger students enter first
    Go directly to your assigned seat and remain seated

    DO NOT:

    Tamper with the bus or any of its equipment, including emergency equipment
    Show disrespect for the bus driver, bus attendants, or other students
    Cross the street behind the bus

    While the Bus is in Motion,

    DO:

    Remain seated until the bus reaches its destination and comes to a complete stop
    Keep all parts of the body and other objects inside the bus
    use good sitting posture as you would in the classroom
    keep the aisle clear of feet, arms, and other objects
    Hold books, coats, and all other objects in lap
    Talk only in a normal voice
    Be quiet at railroad crossings, so the bus driver can hear railroad warning signals
    Identify yourself upon the request of the bus driver or other authorized personnel

    DO NOT:

    Change seats
    Push or roughhouse
    Throw objects around in the bus or out of the window
    Talk to the driver, except in an emergency
    Open emergency door without the driver’s permission, except in an emergency
    Show disrespect for the bus driver
    Fight on the bus or at the bus stop


    When the bus is unloading,

    DO:

    Remain seated until the driver opens the door
    Permit the standees to unload first
    Leave the bus in single file
    Leave the bus and the unloading area promptly

    DO NOT:

    Push or shove
    Run


    If crossing the street,

    DO:

    Wait until bus driver gives signal to cross
    Walk in front and at least 10 feet ahead of the waiting bus
    Stop when even with the front of the bus, and look carefully in both directions
    Cross quickly but do not run
    Help smaller children to cross the road safely
    Go directly to the driveway and always be in view of driver

    Procedures for Handling Bus Accidents

    Should a school bus be involved in an accident, the Department of Transportation follows set procedures.   Local police and paramedics are dispatched to any school bus accident with children on board, as well as a transportation supervisor. Required information is collected to file a report with our Department of Risk Management and Safety.  Should the accident occur on the way to school, the principal or designee will contact parents by phone or by letter.  If the accident occurs on the way home from school, a transportation supervisor will distribute letters to the students to advise their parent/guardian.

    Related state Motor Vehicle Code impacting school bus services :

    8 VAC 20-70-170 Railroad Crossing

    School buses shall stop, as required by law, at railway grade crossings.  The 4-way hazard lights shall be activated when approaching the railway grade crossing and deactivated before crossing the track.  The bus driver shall turn off any noisy equipment, open the entrance door of the bus and determine when it is safe for the vehicle to cross the railroad tracks.  The entrance door shall be closed when the bus is in motion.  No stop needs to be made at any grade crossing when traffic is directed by a police officer or a green traffic -control signal as stated in Section 46.2-886 of the Code of Virginia.