Resource:School Bus Rider Safety Tips for Students

Waiting for the bus:

  • Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Arrive at your bus stop at least five minutes early.
  • Wait for your bus in a safe, visible area off the road.
  • Be considerate of your neighbors.
    • Do not make loud noises
    • Do not go on the neighbors’ properties
    • Do not damage flowers, bushes, decorations, etc.
  • If the bus stop is at your house, you must be outside waiting.

Boarding the bus:

  • Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop.
  • Board the bus in an orderly way, do not push or shove other students.
  • Go directly to a seat and sit down.
  • Follow the driver’s directions at all times.

While on the bus:

  • Remain seated while the bus is moving.
  • If other students board the bus after you, share the seat.
  • No animals, birds or pets are allowed on the bus.
  • Keep the aisle clear at all times so the driver can see out the back door.
  • Keep your head and hands in the bus at all times.
  • Do not throw objects in the bus or out of the window.
  • Do not damage the seats or throw litter on the bus.
  • Never scream or shout.  Talk to your friends in a quiet voice.  The driver must be able to hear the radio, sirens, or other noises outside the bus.
  • Eating and drinking are not allowed on the bus at any time.
  • Fighting and inappropriate language are not permitted.
  • Follow the driver’s directions at all times.

Leaving the bus:

  • Remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
  • Leave the bus in an orderly manner.
  • Watch for traffic very carefully before crossing in front of the bus.  Be sure to look both ways before crossing.
  • Never get off at another stop without your parents’ permission.
  • Never stop to pick up an item that you dropped near the bus or in the street.
  • Go directly home.  Never stop to visit with friends or neighbors without your parents’ permission.