Bus Safety

Our number one priority is always the safety of your child. We have rules in place so that all students, the driver, and other vehicles on the road are kept free from accident or injury at all times. Please review these rules with your child(ren) regularly so they understand what is expected of them in order to ride the bus. Failure to comply with these rules could result in the suspension of your child's bus-riding privileges.

Transportation Rules

  • Be on time. Drivers have a schedule to adhere to, so you should plan to be at your bus stop 5 minutes before your scheduled pick up.
  • Musical instruments are only permitted if it can be held on the student's lap.
  • Containers filled with liquid and all food must be kept in a book bag. No eating or drinking is permitted while riding the bus.
  • Common courtesy toward the driver and other students is expected.The driver has full authority in the operation of the bus and discipline of passengers, and infractions will be reported to the Main Office for disciplinary action.
  • Profanity will not be tolerated on the bus.
  • Students must be seated at all times while on the bus, even if it is  not in motion.
  • No smoking or tobacco products on the bus.
  • Vandalism on the bus will result in suspension of bus riding privileges and the student will be responsible for the cost of the repair.
  • Keep head, hands, and feet inside the bus at all times.
  • The bus driver may assign seats as needed.
  • All riders are expected to dispose of their refuse properly. The bus must be kept clean at all times.
  • Cross the road in front of the bus, never behind it. 
  • Do not open bus windows unless you have permission from the driver.
  • Make sure the road is clear and get the driver's signal before crossing the road. Look first to the right and the left, and then proceed to walk, do not run.

Items Prohibited on the Bus

  • Live animals
  • Glass containers
  • Baseball bats, hockey or lacrosse sticks
  • Skateboards
  • Any ski equipment including poles, skis or snowboards
  • Large musical instruments that cannot be held on your lap
  • Tobacco products, including vapes
  • Alcoholic beverages

Driver Safety Around Buses

When driving in an area with school buses on the road, please be aware of the lighting warning systems used by our buses in order to keep our children safe. Please obey these laws!

You must STOP - from either direction, even on divided highways - when encountering a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing. The bus is either picking up or discharging riders. Proceed only when the red lights are turned off and the bus is moving again, unless waved on by the bus driver or a police officer.

Flashing yellow lights warn that the bus is about to stop, so slow down and prepare to stop. Children may be coming from any direction.

Buses are not permitted to turn right on red. In addition, the law requires that all school buses must come to a full stop prior to crossing railroad tracks.

Any vehicle that passes a school bus that has its flashing red lights activated will be reported to the police and/or the NYS DMV.

 


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