School Bus and Bus Stop Safety

Bus Stop Guidelines

  • Trust your instincts
  • Alert authorities to strange vehicles or persons in vicinity of the school bus stops and/or walkways to/from school bus stops
  • Demonstrate respect for public, community, and private properties
  • Prevent children from crossing roadways between motor vehicles and golf carts
  • Don’t park motor vehicles or golf carts within fifty (50) feet of intersections from any direction
  • Don’t park motor vehicles or golf carts within fifty (50) feet of school bus stops from any direction
  • Don’t allow children to enter/exit motor vehicles or golf carts from the roadside of the motor vehicles or golf carts (enter/exit from curbside only)
  • Don’t double or closely stagger park motor vehicles or golf carts along roadways or in vicinity of the school bus stops
  • Don’t park motor vehicles or golf carts opposing the lawful flow of traffic
  • Don’t assemble or park in any manner which impedes the safe passage of school buses to and from school bus stops
  • Assemble children at designated staging area at least twelve (12) feet from where the school bus actually stop in advance of the school bus arrival
  • Do not wait for the school bus to arrive to have children exit motor vehicles or golf carts
  • For kindergarteners and 1st graders, meet the student at the student door of the bus, especially in inclement weather. School bus operators need your direct assistance with linking parent with child.
  • Arrive at the bus stop at least five (5) minutes before scheduled arrival time
  • Manage student behavior at the bus stop
  • Do not allow children to approach the bus until the bus has come to a complete stop and the school bus operator signals the children to approach the school bus
  • Allow the school bus to leave the school bus stop before driving through the school bus stop location
  • Respect the amber and red student lights on the school bus
  • Manage residential subcontractors such as landscapers to ensure they don’t park in a manner which impedes the safe passage of the school buses
  • Adjust commuting times as appropriate to avoid the school buses at the bus stops and/or getting stuck behind the school bus on the roadways
  • For safety and security reasons, do not attempt to board the school bus (only eligible students and school board employees are permitted to board the bus at the bus stop)
  • Report safety or security concerns to the respective schools, law enforcement, and/or the Transportation Department