TRAINING DEPARTMENT

Training Supervisor

Aaron Rutkowsky

 

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SCHOOL BUS SAFETY TIPS

 

STUDENTS RIDING A SCHOOL BUS SHOULD ALWAYS:

 

  • Arrive at the bus stop five minutes early.
  • Stand at least 5 giant steps (10 feet) away from the edge of the road.
  • Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says it’s okay before stepping onto the bus.
  • Be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps or dangling objects do not get caught in the handrail or door when exiting the bus.
  • Check both ways for cars before stepping off the bus.

 

CROSSING STUDENTS SHOULD:

 

  • Walk in front of the bus; never walk behind the bus.
  • Walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least 10 giant steps ahead of the bus.
  • Be sure the bus driver can see them, and they can see the bus driver.
  • Wait for the driver’s signal to cross.

 

THINGS KIDS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SCHOOL BUS SAFETY:

 

  • The bus driver and others cannot see you if you are standing closer than 10 feet to the bus.
  • Stay out of the Danger Zone!
  • If something falls under or near the bus, tell the driver.  NEVER try to pick it up yourself!
  • While waiting for the bus, stay in a safe place away from the street.
  • When you get on or off the bus, look for the bus safety lights and make sure they are flashing.
  • Be alert to traffic. When you get on or off the bus, look left, right, left before you enter or cross the street.
  • When the driver says it is safe to cross the street, remember to CROSS IN FRONT of the bus.
  • Stay in your seat and sit quietly so that the driver is not distracted.
  • Some school buses now have seat belts. If you have seat belts on your school bus, be sure to learn to use the seat belt correctly.

 

THINGS PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SCHOOL BUS SAFETY:

 

  • School buses are the safest form of highway transportation.
  • The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is getting on and off the bus.
  • Pedestrian fatalities (while loading and unloading school buses) account for approximately three times as many school bus-related fatalities, when compared to school bus occupant fatalities.
  • The loading and unloading area is called the “Danger Zone”
  • The “Danger Zone” is the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of not being seen by the driver (ten feet in front of the bus where the driver may be too high to see a child, ten feet on either side of the bus where a child may be in the driver’s blind spot, and the behind the bus).
  • Half of the pedestrian fatalities in school bus-related crashes are children between 5 and 7 years old.
  • Young children are most likely to be struck because they:
  • Hurry to get on and off the bus.
  • Act before they think and have little experience with traffic.
  • Assume motorists will see them and will wait for them to cross the street .
  • Don’t always stay within the bus driver’s sight

The above information was provided by the National School Bus Safety Week Committee

 

GUIDELINES GOVERNING STUDENT CONDUCT ON JISD SCHOOL BUSES

 

A pupil riding or waiting on an JISD School Bus is under the supervision of the Judson ISD Schools the same as if the pupil is in the school building or on the school grounds, and therefore, is subject to the student disciplinary policies of JISD. Please discuss the following information with your child.

 

STUDENT’S BEHAVIOR RULES: Respect self, others and property!

1. For the safety of everyone, behave appropriately with no loud noises.

2. Cooperate with the Bus Driver and others.

3. Enter and exit the bus in an orderly fashion.

4. Transportation employees have the authority to assign seats at any time.

5. Stay in your assigned seat, facing forward.

6. Keep hands, head, and feet inside the bus.

7. Do not drop or throw objects inside or outside the bus.

8. Do not eat or drink on the bus. (Except water)

9. Do not litter on the bus.

10. No inappropriate language.

11. No weapons, alcohol, or drugs including tobacco.

12. No physical or verbal altercations.

13. No skateboards.

14. Buckle up at all times if seatbelts are available.

 

CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATIONS

If any of the above student behavior rules are broken, the Bus Driver will make a referral of the violation to the principal and the following disciplinary action will be taken:

  • 1st Violation: Principal or assistant will conference with student Suspension from the bus may occur with this violation. Parents or guardians will be notified.
  • 2nd Violation: Student will be suspended from the bus for three school days. Parents or guardian will be notified.
  • 3rd Violation: Student will be suspended from the bus for an extended period of time until agreement can be reached between parents, guardians, administrator, bus driver; transportation supervisor, and student.
  • Serious offenses will receive disciplinary measures, up to and including removal to an alternative education program and /or expulsion from school. Each case, however, will be judged separately and may warrant discipline of a type different from another case.

 

PARENT’S RESPONSIBILITY

1. Read and discuss with your child(ren) the responsibilities, behavior rules, and violation consequences covered by the JISD Guidelines Governing Student Conduct on JISD School Buses.

2. Inform your child (ren) of the location of bus stop, time and to wait in a single line.

3. Require your child(ren) to arrive 5 minutes prior to scheduled time and to conduct themselves appropriately on school buses.

4. Support the school officials in their efforts to operate a safe and efficient transportation system.

 

IMPORTANT

PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION FOR THE STUDENT TO ATTEND SCHOOL DURING SUSPENSION FROM THE BUS.  THIS IS NOT A SUSPENSION FROM CLASS. IF STUDENT DOES NOT ATTEND SCHOOL AFTER SUSPENSION FROM THE BUS, THE ABSENCE IS UNEXCUSED.

 

DRIVER’S RESPONSIBILITIES

1. OPERATE THE BUS SAFELY.

2. Be on the bus to supervise the daily boarding and de-boarding of students and follow campus procedure.

3. Within the first two weeks of school discuss safety, evacuation procedures, and guidelines governing student conduct on JISD school buses with students.

4. After the first verbal warning to the student, write a referral for any subsequent violations and give to a school official or their designated box and to the transportation department.

5. Assign seats, maintain a current seating chart.

6. Call the Dispatcher for any needed guidance.

 

PRINCIPAL’S RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Inform parents and students of school bus rules and consequences of violations.

2. Investigate all complaints and referrals.

3. Confer with students, parent, and bus driver when appropriate.

4. Be present or appoint a designated representative to be at the campus-loading zone during arrival and departure times.

5. Meet with the drivers at the beginning of each school year and as needed throughout the year to discuss loading procedures, safety concerns, discipline procedures, etc...

6. Maintain in the school office current schedules and rider information of all buses assigned to the campus. This information should be current by the end of the first week of school.

7. Provide students with Blue Slips as needed.