School Bus Passenger Safety
*Riding a school bus is a privilege which can be taken away if behavior is consistently poor.
Ø While waiting to board your bus, make sure that you are safely off the road. Students should stand at least 20 feet or one car length from the edge of the pavement.
Ø Many of you have to board a school bus in the dark. You should use some type of reflector to indicate where your driver is to stop and to help other motorists see you.
Ø Do not push or shove while waiting to board a bus.
Ø Never cross the roadway while waiting to board the bus.
Ø You should not walk toward your bus while it is approaching. Wait for the bus to stop and the stop arm to extend. You must wait for the driver to give you a “thumbs up” before boarding the bus.
Ø Before boarding your bus, check traffic in both directions. (Even though the law requires all vehicles to stop for school buses Ø while they are loading or unloading, not all people obey laws.)
Ø Do not push and shove while boarding the bus. Be sure to use the handrail.
Ø All passengers should be seated, if possible.
Ø Never stand in the doorway.
Ø Normal classroom conversation is expected on the bus. You should not talk loud, shout, or otherwise distract the driver.
Ø Do not throw paper or other objects while on the bus.
Ø Keep your arms, feet, and head inside the bus at all times.
Ø Never play with the back door.
Ø Never transport animals on the bus.
Ø For disciplinary reasons, the driver has the right to assign seats.
Ø Remain seated until the bus has come to a complete stop.
Ø Use the handrail while leaving the bus.
Ø You should never go behind the bus for any reason. (Your driver cannot see you.)
Ø Do not linger around after leaving the bus. Go straight to your home.
Ø If your home is on the left side of the roadway, you should cross one car length in front of the bus. Make sure you check left and right before and as you cross the roadway.
Ø If for any reason you are not going straight home, make sure you notify the driver. Example, “I’m going home with a neighbor instead of going home as usual.” Remember: A required note from the student's parents who they are going home with must be presented and that note must be approved by the administration.
Do not run to
board the bus when school lets out.
Remember, many parents drive to school to pick up their children. Board your bus in an orderly manner.
If you are riding
a bus other than the one you are assigned to, make sure you have authorization
from the principal.
Do not damage or
deface the bus. Your parents helped pay
for the bus in which you ride, and they can be billed for damages done by you
to a bus.
Student Drop Off
When dropping a student off at school in the morning
please enter the campus at the entrance off of Hwy 19 (lower gate). This allows a normal flow for traffic. To help us avoid traffic issues please do not
come in through the George’s Fork entrance and through the circle. If you drop a student off after 7:55 please have that student report to the office to sign in or they may be counted absent.
Student Pick Up
Please refrain from picking
your child up early from school. They
are involved in important academic classes until school is dismissed.
If you are picking a child up
from school please use the computer located in the front office to sign the
student out. Dismissal time is
3:18. If you arrive later than 3:18,
please park in the parking lot at the George’s Fork entrance to the school and
wait until students are dismissed for the day.
Please park in assigned areas and do not block the flow of traffic.