Bus Safety Guidelines

For every rider’s safety, the driver’s attention must not be diverted by misbehavior on the bus.

The following rules are enforced to ensure a safe riding environment. Only one or two students causing trouble could result in injuries. Therefore, these rules will be enforced.

Safety Tips for Students Riding a Bus

  • Get to the bus stop at least ten minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • Wait until the bus stops, the red school bus lights flash, the door opens, and the driver says that it is okay before stepping onto the bus.
  • Show respect for property around the bus stop. Avoid littering or walking on planted areas.
  • Do not approach the bus while it is still moving. For safety reasons, parents are prohibited to enter the school bus, according to Pennsylvania’s unauthorized bus entry statute, 18 Pa. C.S. § 5571, and may be subject to a fine.
  • Walk toward the bus in an orderly line.
  • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least ten feet ahead of the bus before you cross. Be sure that the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.
  • Use the handrails to avoid falls. When exiting the bus, be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps are not caught in the handrails or doors.
  • Never walk behind the bus.
  • After you get off the bus, walk a safe distance of ten feet from the side of the bus.
  • If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to retrieve the item without telling the bus driver, as she or he may not see you.