BUS RULES AND REGULATIONS
Please refer to the District Restart and Recovery Plan to Reopen Schools for busing information during the 20-21 school year.
School bus safety is everyone’s concern. All students who ride a school bus have responsibilities which help to provide for the comfort and safety of other students as well as themselves. Please take a few minutes to ensure that your child or children understand the guidelines for school bus safety:
- Be at the bus stop ten minutes before the scheduled time.
- Students must properly wear their face mask at all times while riding the school bus.
- Never run to or from the bus.
- Wait on the sidewalk or shoulder, never on the roadway.
- Be respectful of private property at or near bus stops.
- Do not push or shove while in line to board the bus.
- Wait for the driver’s signal before crossing the the road.
- Always cross at least ten feet in front of the bus.
- Never cross the roadway behind the bus.
- Never crawl under a school bus.
- All district school buses are equipped with seat belts. Their use is State mandated-see below.
- Stay in your seat, always facing forward.
- Keep head, arms and legs inside the bus at all times.
- Always obey the driver.
- Do not yell, shout or do anything else to distract the driver. These actions could endanger lives.
- Do not deface the bus seats or other equipment.
- Do not eat or drink on the bus.
- Avoid leaving articles on the bus.
- A student may ride only the bus to which he/she has been assigned, unless prior approval has been granted by both the school and the transportation office.
- All students will have assigned seats on the bus for to and from transportation and must remain in their assigned seat for the duration of the school year, unless change is made by the transportation department.
- Student items left on the bus will stay on the bus for next day pick up.
Students who fail to comply with the above regulations may be deprived of the privilege of using the bus and will be subject to disciplinary action.
ADDITIONAL SAFETY TIPS
Waiting for the Bus
When waiting for the school bus, please stay on your side of the road away from traffic.
Exiting the Bus
Look to the rear of the bus before you step off the bottom step. The Pupil Transportation Safety Institute advises that motorists may try to pass stopped school buses on the right shoulder where the door is.
Take five giant steps straight out the bus door and out of the danger zone.
Make sure you make eye contact with the driver and wait for the driver to signal you before you cross in front of the bus.
Never go back for anything you have left on the bus.
Never bend down near or under the bus.
New Jersey requires school buses to have seat belts or other child restraint systems that meet federal standards and certain minimum seat back heights. It requires students to wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt while the bus is operating, and relieves school bus owners and operators of liability for a passenger's failure to wear a seat belt if that failure directly results in an injury to the passenger (N.J. Stat. Ann. § 39:3B-10 and § 39:3B-11).
Teach your children the danger zones! School bus evacuations are done twice yearly and the safety exits, danger zones and other pertainent information are discussed with your child, however, talking about it at home could help save a life outside the school bus.