School Bus Safety

Many Slidell students begin and end their day with a trip on a school bus.

While school buses are, by far, the safest way for students to travel, children need to do their part to stay alert and aware of their surroundings to prevent injury.

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY

To be safe when they travel to and from school, follow these simple safety rules:

AT THE BUS STOP:

  • Always walk to the bus stop. Never run.
  • Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left facing traffic.
  • Always go to the bus stop about five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • While at the bus stop, wait in a safe place away from the road. Do not run and play while waiting.
  • Never speak to strangers at the bus stop and never get into the car with a stranger. Always go straight home and tell you parents if a stranger tries to talk to you or pick you up.
  • Wait for the bus to arrive, watch for red flashing lights and the stop sign to be extended, and cross only when all traffic has stopped. Look left, right, and left again before crossing.

ON THE BUS:

  • Go directly to a seat. Remain seated and facing forward for the entire ride.
  • Talk quietly (so the driver will not be distracted).
  • If you need to talk to the bus driver: wait for the bus to stop, raise your hand, and call the driver’s name.
  • Never throw things on the bus or out the windows. Never play with the emergency exits.
  • Keep the aisles clear at all times.
  • If there is an emergency, listen to the driver and follow instructions.

EXIT THE BUS:

    • When getting off the bus make sure you walk (not run) three more steps away from the door. This is the best place to be around a bus. Stay away from the bus wheels and watch out for moving cars!
    • Once you get off the bus, go straight home so an adult will know where you are.
    • Only get on and off the bus at your designated stop. If you need to get off the bus somewhere else, you will need to have a note from your parents.
    • If you leave something on the bus, never return to the bus to get it. The driver may not see you come back and they may begin moving the bus.

Always remain 10 steps away from the bus to be out of the “Danger Zone” and where the driver can see you. Always cross the street in front of the bus. Never go behind the bus.

Also, if you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver before you attempt to pick it up, so they will know where you are.

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School Bus Emergencies

1. Report any emergency to the school bus driver.
2. In case of an accident, follow the instructions of the bus driver.
3. Remain calm and encourage others to do the same.
4. If there is immediate danger, make your way to the nearest safe
exit (doors, windows and roof hatches).
5. Older students should assist younger students with exiting.
6. Leave everything behind and keep your hands free.
7. If doors are stuck, kick windows out to exit.
8. After exiting, clear the exit area so others can follow.
9. Move to a safe area off the roadway and wait for directions from
the bus driver or first responders.

Parent/Guardian Notification of Accident

When informed of a considerable delay due to a bus accident, the school and/or transportation staff will make every effort to notify parents or guardians as soon as possible.

If your child is a passenger on a school bus that has been involved in an accident, please cooperate with the accident investigating officials on the scene until your child is released into your custody.

Proper Reporting

Students who have difficulties with other students while riding in the bus should immediately report the problem to the driver.

If the problem cannot be resolved by the driver, it should be reported to the principal of the school the student attends.

Seating

The driver is responsible for seating arrangements. Factors such as safety, fairness, physical disability, age and conduct are major considerations.

Alternate Stop Request and Guest Riders

Students must be picked up and dropped off at their assigned bus stops only. Permission for exceptions may be granted on a space available basis.

The parent/guardian must request in writing to the bus driver and/or the principal to allow for their child to get on/off at a bus stop other than the child’s assigned bus stop.

The written request must include the name, address and phone number of the adult who will be accepting responsibility for the child.

Communicating with Bus Drivers

Please address concerns to the bus driver by phone between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. or between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Please do not address concerns at the bus stop in the interest of your child’s safety.

NOTICE: Video cameras on school buses are used as an aid to monitor student and driver behavior.

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