School Bus Safety & Rules

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, students are nearly eight times safer riding in a school bus than with their own parents and guardians in cars.

5 Important Bus Safety Tips That You Need to Know:

  1. Learn a safe walking path from your home to your bus stop and back from your stop to home. Practice walking this path several times before school begins.
  2. Pick a landmark that will help you easily recognize your stop, since your bus stop looks different from the bus. A tall tree, a recognizable house, or a street sign are all good landmarks.
  3. Talk with your family about what you should do if there is a change in your normal riding plan (for example, if you are a first grader and the person who meets you at the bus stop is not there when the bus arrives). The best way to prepare for something unexpected is to develop a back-up plan with your family.
  4. Learn your bus stop, bus number, and bus pick-up time. Your bus information will be mailed to your home address. Ask your parent or guardian to write this information on the other side of this sheet and tape this to the refrigerator.
  5. Buses sometimes run late, so please do not leave the stop until the bus arrives. Remember that the bus stop is the safest place to wait until the bus arrives.

APS provides bus transportation to high school students whose home address is two or more miles from school; to middle school students whose home address is one and one-half miles or more from school; and to elementary school students whose home address is one mile or more from school. APS does not provide school bus transportation to transfer students.

The bus driver cannot change the bus route. The driver cannot accept any notes authorizing them to drop off students at a point other than the students regular stop.

General Rules

  • Students will be picked up and dropped off only at their assigned stops.
  • The school bus will leave the school bus loading zone seven minutes after the bell rings in the afternoon.
  • Middle and High School Students are required to show their school identification cards upon request.
  • The school bus driver will assign seats to students.

Safety Practices

  • Students need to be cautious in the bus loading zone.
  • A school bus driver will not stop for students who have missed the bus once it is in motion.
  • No glass items, live animals, or dangerous objects will be transported on the school bus.
  • Musical instruments exceeding 40 inches in height will not be allowed on the bus.
  • Large items may not block the aisle or exits of the bus.

Student’s Responsibilities

  • Arrive at the bus stop ten minutes before stop time.
  • Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the doors are opened before approaching the bus.
  • Use the handrail. Be careful no clothing or belongings get caught on the handrail.
  • Sit in their assigned seat.
  • Sit on the seat facing forward, feet on the floor, and speak in a normal tone of voice.
  • Follow the driver’s directions promptly.

Discipline Plan

Special Needs Transportation

  • Special needs transportation will be provided according to terms identified in a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
  • Communication between a student’s school bus driver and their parent/guardian is encouraged so that the student’s IEP plan is implemented effectively.
  • Transportation forms must include all information to ensure safe transportation of students.

Source: Albuquerque Public SchoolsRio Rancho Schools

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