Planning for a successful start to the school year begins with a safe arrival! The newly updated transportation website includes all the information parents and students need to determine when and where to catch the bus to and from school. A School bus is an extremely safe mode of transportation, but brushing up on safety tips is never a bad idea. Here’s how to ensure each day of school is a smooth ride:
Plan to arrive at your bus stop 5-10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time for the first few days.
Be aware of the school bus’s danger zones, and stay out of them at all times. This includes the back of the bus and the front of the bus – never walk or play in these areas, and cross in front of the bus only when the crossing arm is extended and the driver can see you and has signalled that it’s safe to do so.
School buses are equipped with several safety features including shatter-proof glass, flashing upper lights and stop arm, high-back padded seats, reinforced sides, a crossing arm, and of course the bright yellow colour.
Ensure that your Kindergarten-aged student has their bus tag on their knapsack if they receive transportation to help keep them safe.
When crossing the road to board or de-board your bus, wait for the bus to stop and activate its overhead lights. Look both ways and cross only after the driver gives you the signal that it is safe to do so.
Eating and drinking on the bus is not permitted. In addition to causing potential chocking hazards, food and drink can cause serious issues for students with allergies.
When riding on the bus, ensure that you are seated on your bum with your back against the seat. Talking is permitted but use an inside voice.
When boarding or de-boarding the school bus, be sure to take your time and use the handrail to avoid a trip or fall.
The school bus driver is the adult on the bus. Follow their direction so they can keep everyone safe.