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Bus Rules & Safety Tips

Please review the following list of Hazardous Items/Materials (WAC 392-145-021) that students cannot transport on the school bus (printable from 'Resources & Forms):
Heavy, sharp, bulky, and/or other articles which may be hazardous in the event of an accident or an emergency stop shall not be transported unsecured in the passenger area of any school bus. Specific attention is directed to items such as skis, ski poles, vaulting poles, large musical instruments, riser platforms, etc. In no case will items be secured in such a manner as to impede access to any exit. Items which shall not be transported within the passenger area of a school bus include all forms of animal life (except service animals), firearms, weapons, breakable containers, flammables, and all other articles which could adversely affect the safety of the school bus and passengers. Teachers and all other school district staff members shall be annually notified that students shall not be requested to transport prohibited items between home and school on a school bus.
Bus Stop Safety Tips
  • Arrive at the bus stop five minutes early
  • Wear bright colors or put reflective tape on backpacks to increase visibility
  • Take five giant steps back from the curb, which is in the driver's line of vision
  • Pack all belongings in appropriate bags so hands are free to grab the safety rail inside the bus
  • Make sure clothes and backpacks don't have hanging straps or strings that may become snagged in the vehicle
  • Avoid pushing or roughhousing while waiting or boarding
  • Wait until the bus stops completely before approaching the vehicle
  • When exiting the bus, children should cross in front of the bus, never behind it
  • When approaching and leaving the bus stop, be alert to traffic, looking left, right and left again before crossing the street
The following rules apply to students on all district buses and at bus stops:
  • Give your name to the driver or aide when asked
  • Do not distract driver through misbehavior
  • Obey drivers’ and/or bus aides’ instructions
  • Use quiet voices and no inappropriate language
  • Do not destroy property - no vandalism of school bus or other property
  • Promote bus cleanliness (i.e. throw trash in the garbage)
  • Do not place body parts or any objects out windows
  • Stay in your seat to keep the aisle and emergency exits clear
  • Treat others with respect - ZERO tolerance for bullying, harassment, violence, or teasing
  • Alcohol, vaping, tobacco and matches are prohibited
  • Ask the driver’s permission before opening a window
  • Ride ONLY regularly assigned bus and disembark ONLY at regular stop unless written permission has been provided by a parent/guardian and approved by the school (see "Parent Authorization for Student Drop-Off" form in Resources & Forms)
School Bus Lanes & District Parking Lot Safety Tips
  • Never try to retrieve anything that drops near or under a bus; ask school staff or the driver for assistance
  • Never walk between parked buses
  • Never walk behind a bus; always cross in front
  • Never run out from between parked cars
  • Always use marked crossings in district parking lots
Walking and Bicycling Safety Tips
  • Plan ahead for how your child will get to and from school
  • Identify a walking or bicycling route for your child:
    • Choose a route with the fewest busy roads and intersections
    • Select routes where there are sidewalks or paths separated from traffic, if possible; if there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic to be able to see cars coming and stay as far out of the roadway as possible; bicycles ride with traffic
    • Know where the school crossing guards are located, if applicable, and include these locations in your route planning
    • Do a trial run and practice the route to and from school several times before the first day of school, including how to safely cross streets
    • Teach your child to follow the traffic signs and signals related to pedestrians and bicycles; always walk your bike through intersections
    • Identify any safe houses or buildings (fire stations, etc.) along the route as well as places to avoid such as vacant lots, construction areas and parks without many people
  • Go over basic safety rules with children. Make sure your children memorize their full address and phone number. Write down your work and cell phone numbers on a card for your children to carry with them.
  • Encourage children to walk with a friend or sibling or even establish a Walking School Bus to gather groups of students together to travel to and from school
  • Children who ride bicycles to and from school should wear helmets that are properly fitted and secured; ride with traffic (not facing traffic)
For additional safety tips and information, visit Safe Routes Info