Being a Bus Driver is a HUGE Responsibility!

Parents depend on them to get their children to and from school in a safe manner. When rules are not being followed, it is a distraction to the driver and is putting everyone’s lives in danger. If they have to watch the kids…. then they are not watching the road.

We are very fortunate that Centura has buses and offers transportation for the students. Some schools do not have transportation or you have to pay to ride the bus. One very important thing to remember is that we do not HAVE to provide transportation. It’s a privilege, not a right. So by not following the rules, you could lose your bus ride to school. Most parents have jobs outside the home. Think for a minute how it will affect the parents if they have to drive you back and forth to school and how it will affect their job.

There are some pretty simple rules that help keep everyone safe.

NICE VOICES – Keep the volume down, conversations appropriate, no shouting or screaming and absolutely no name calling or swearing.

HANDS/FEET TO YOURSELF – You do not hit, slap, kick, trip, punch or touch in an inappropriate way. No inappropriate gestures. This also applies to items that do not belong to you.

NO FOOD – Water is the only thing that is allowed. Choking or allergic reactions can be life threatening and help might be far away. You can wait until you get home to have a snack. Food, sweet drinks and wrappers can make a very big and sticky mess.

USE HANDRAIL – Snow and rain can make the stairs very slippery.

KEEP THE AISLE CLEAR – The bus driver needs to be able to see out the bottom back window. It’s also a courtesy to those kids getting off and on the bus.

DO NOT CROSS IN FRONT OF THE BUS – If you have to cross in front to get on the bus, you must wait until the bus is completely stopped and all traffic has stopped. Vehicles do not always stop!! Stay back 10 feet until the door is open. The driver will indicate when it’s safe for you to approach.

NO CLIMBING OVER SEATS – Your shoes should never come in contact with the seats. You are to stay seated, facing forward at all times. This is never acceptable.

NO STANDING – The seats are designed to work like a catchers mitt. If you are standing or turned around backwards in the seat, it will not be as effective and could result in injuries if the bus has to stop suddenly.

DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR SEAT UNTIL THE DOOR IS OPEN – If you are walking toward the front before the bus has stopped, you could easily fall forward and get hurt. Remember… an object in motion stays in motion.

BE ON TIME AT YOUR BUS STOP – Other kids are waiting too. Drivers can not wait very long if you are late. Being on time is everyone’s responsibility.

QUIET AT THE RAILROAD CROSSING – This is a huge safety issue! The driver has to be able to hear approaching trains. Absolutely no voices or noise.

WINDOWS HALF WAY – You still get plenty of air, but it makes it a lot harder for your head to fit out the window.

CAMERAS – All the buses are equipped with high definition cameras with sound. It’s always on and always watching. Check your behavior before your principal checks it for you.

ALWAYS FOLLOW THE THREE R’S!

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