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School Bus Etiquette

These helpful tips will ensure a safe trip when waiting for, riding on and exiting the school bus.

Waiting for the School Bus

  • Arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes early.
    • Shorten or remove drawstrings or straps that can catch on the bus rail from clothing and backpacks.
    • Wear bright clothing and allow extra time to walk to the bus stop.
  • Stay out of the street while waiting for the bus.
    • Look for the flashing light system on the school bus. 
    • Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before moving toward the school bus to go on board.
  • When boarding or exiting the bus, stay in a single file line and hold onto the handrail.
  • Stay out of the Danger Zone.

Being Safe While on the Bus

  • Follow the bus rules while riding the bus.
  • While riding the bus, stay seated and facing forward.
  • Keep legs and feet in front of you and never stick your arms or head out of the bus window.
  • Remain seated at all times while the bus is moving.
  • Keep the school bus aisles clear. Place backpacks under the seat.
  • Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before getting out of your seat to exit the school bus.
  • Be courteous to the bus driver and other students.
  • Do not distract the driver by shouting or yelling.
  • Know where emergency exits are located and review evacuation procedures.

Exiting the School Bus

  • Stay out of the Danger Zone.
  • Stay out of the 10 foot area around the school bus.
  • Walk 10 giant steps in front of the school bus so the driver can see you.
  • Look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT to see the traffic.
  • Make eye contact with the bus driver and wait for his signal before crossing in front of the bus.
  • DO NOT pick up anything that falls under the bus. Tell the driver if you drop anything.
  • NEVER walk behind the school bus.