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Bus Safety Informantion

Transportation team photo
Transportation team photo

Parents or guardians are responsible for the safety, conduct, and timely arrival of their children to, from, and at the designated school bus stop before the arrival of the school bus for pick-up and transport to school and the timely departure of the child after the school bus leaves the designated school bus stop after transporting the children from school. 

School bus transportation plays a critical role in the education of our nation's students and is the direct link between a neighborhood and the classroom. More than 25 million children ride the yellow bus every school day.  Here are tips to keep our children safe at the bus stop from the National Association for Pupil Transportation.

New for Re-Opening 2020

  • Due to current conditions, transportation is limited to a one approved bus stop for each student for the morning and the afternoon.  This means that the student must ride the same bus each morning and the same bus each afternoon, however the morning and afternoon buses do not need to be the same as each other.
  • Bus schedules will be emailed to parents/guardians of registered riders.
  • New health and safety procedures include:
    • Students must wait at bus stops using 6 feet physical distancing from other students/families in accordance to California Public Health mandates
    • Students must sanitize hands upon entering  and exiting the school bus
    • Students must wear face covering in accordance to California Public Health mandates
    • Students will only be allowed to sit one per seat on the bus.  This will limit the number of bus passes that will be distributed.  In the event there are more applications than seats available, we will have a wait list.  More information will be available as applications are received.
    • Students will load the bus back to front and unload front to back to minimize exposure.

Getting Ready for School

  • Have your children put everything they carry in a backpack or school bag so that they won’t drop things along the way.
  • Encourage them to wear bright, contrasting colors so they will be more easily seen by drivers.
  • Make sure children leave home on time so they can arrive at the bus stop before it is due, ideally at least five minutes early. Running after or in front of a bus is dangerous.

Walking to the Bus Stop

  • Walk young children to the bus stop or encourage children to walk in groups. There is safety in numbers; groups are easier for drivers to see.
  • Practice good pedestrian behavior: walk on the sidewalk, and if there is no sidewalk stay out of the street. If you must walk in the street, walk single file, face traffic and stay as close to the edge of the road as you can.
  • Stop and look left, right and then left again if you must cross the street. Do the same thing at drive -ways and alleys. Exaggerate your head turns and narrate your actions so your child knows you are looking left, right and left.

At the Bus Stop  

  • Have children wait in a location where the driver can see them while driving down the street. Try to avoid waiting in a house or car.
  • Do not let children play in the street. Playing with balls or other toys that could roll into the street is also dangerous.

Getting On and Off the Bus

  • Warn children that if they drop something getting on and off the bus, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver’s instructions.
  • Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus.
  • If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited to see you after school that they dash across the street and forget the safety rules.

Mobile Devices

Cell phones and other electronic devices are often permitted on the school bus as long as:

  • They are in backpacks or other holders, keeping hands free to use handrails while boarding and departing the bus.
  • Sound is muted or headphones, ear buds or similar devices are used.
  • Content does not violate the law or school district policy and procedures.
  • Use does not create a distraction for the driver.


Danger Zone of a school bus
School buses are like traffic signals
Stop while red lights are flashing