Welcome to a new school year at Sault Area Public School. It is the Transportation Department’s goal to ensure a safe trip and a safe delivery of all students on each bus we run. In order to help us succeed with a safe and successful school year we ask that you go through the bus safety rules shown below with your students.
The week of October 19-23, 2015 is National Bus Safety Week and we would like to do our part to inform both parents and students of School Bus Safety to help us with our part in keeping students safe. We ask that you take some time to visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website to learn more about school bus safety and how a school bus is built to be safe. The NHTSA website is www.nhtsa.gov. The NHTSA has done much research in to school bus safety and has answers to many questions parents have in regards to how safe a school bus is.
During this week, our bus drivers will be doing bus evacuation drills with your students in order to ensure that all students know what needs to be done in case of an emergency on the bus. Within this packet you will also find rules to stay safe while waiting for the bus, boarding the bus, riding the bus, getting off the bus and crossing the street. We have also provided some fact sheets from the NHTSA for you to review.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Transportation Department by phone at (906) 635-6608 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gary Herschell Jr.
Bus Safety Rules
Waiting for the School Bus:
-Walk to the bus stop using a sidewalk if there is one.
-Always be to the bus stop about 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
-While waiting for the school bus to arrive, stay at the bus stop.
-Do not wander down the street, into a wooded area or on to private property.
-Do not speak to strangers.
-Do not go into the street.
-Do not roughhouse, run or play with your friends.
-When the bus approaches, line up away from the street.
-Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and the door be open before stepping into the road.
Boarding the School Bus:
-Hold the handrail when getting into the school bus.
-Do not push or shove others when they are in line or boarding the bus.
-Once you are on the bus, find your seat then sit facing forward and stay seated.
Riding the School Bus:
-Stay in your seat.
-Talk quietly while on the bus.
-Always be silent when a bus comes to a railroad crossing so the driver can hear if a train is coming.
-Do not eat or drink anything on the bus.
-Do not block the aisle with backpacks or your hands and feet.
-Do not touch or play with the emergency exits.
-Do not throw things at each other or out the windows.
-When you reach the school, or your bus stop, have your things ready so you can leave without holding up others on the bus.
Getting off the School Bus:
-Stay in your seat until the bus comes to a complete stop.
-Walk to the front of the bus and use the handrail while stepping off of the bus.
-Do not get off the bus anywhere that is not your stop.
-Respect the Danger Zone! The Danger Zone surrounds the bus and is 10 feet wide on all sides of the bus. Always remain 10 steps away from the bus to be out of the Danger Zone where the driver can see you.
-Once you get off the bus, go straight home. Do not talk to strangers on the way.
-If you leave something on the bus and have already walked away from the door, do not go back for it. The bus driver may not see you coming back and may start driving away.
Crossing the Street:
-If you have to cross the street after exiting the bus, always cross in front of it.
-Make sure the bus driver is able to see you.
-Walk along the side of the road at least 10 feet in front of the bus until you can see the bus driver. If you cannot see the bus driver, the driver is not able to see you.
-Wait for the bus driver to give you a signal that it is safe to cross the street.
-Even with the signal from the bus driver, pay attention to the traffic in the road. Make sure to look in both directions before walking across the street.
-If you drop something in the street, do not go back to get it. The bus driver will not be able to see you if you are close to the front of the bus.
-Do not cross the street behind the school bus. The bus driver cannot see you.
-Never go near the back wheels of a school bus.