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School Bus Safety

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY

Providing a safe and orderly school does not begin at the school house doors. Students’ safety starts when the school bus begins its early morning route and extends until the last child is safely home. Safety is a shared responsibility that exists between school employees, the student, and the parents.

This documentation has been designed to share vital information to all three groups in an effort to heighten the awareness of the rules and guidelines needed for a safe student transportation system. It is the desire of the Person County Board of Education to provide the safest and most efficient transportation system in our state. Your help in this effort is greatly appreciated.

 

BUS STOP CONCERNS

If you have a concern about the safety or location of your child’s bus stop, you may request a stop location change by completing a Stop Concern Form. You may obtain this form from your child’s school office or the Person County Schools’ Website.  If you need assistance in completing the Stop Concern Form, please contact the bus garage at (336) 599-5672 or your child's school.

 

HOW TO AVOID THE BULLY ON THE BUS


Talk with your bus driver, teacher, principal, and parent when bullying happens.
 

  • Ask for your assigned seat to be moved away from the bully.
  • Sit as close to the bus driver as possible and on the right-hand side of the bus so you are visible to the driver.
  • Pair up with a neighborhood friend and ride the bus together.
  • Ignore or laugh off the situation.
  • Be polite to someone who tries to bully you rather than reacting with anger; fighting back should never be an option and will only make the situation worse.
  • Stand up for other students who are being bullied.

 

SAFETY RULES TO REMEMBER

 

ON THE WAY TO THE BUS 

  • Be on time. Be at the bus stop 10 minutes prior to your pick up time.
  • Always use proper conduct while at the bus stop.
  • Walk on the left side of the highway facing traffic when going to and from the bus.
  • If crossing the highway to load the bus, always look in both directions for traffic before crossing.

AT THE BUS STOP

  • Wait for the school bus in a safe place. Always stand away from the road at least ten feet.
  • Load and unload in an orderly manner. Always use the handrail.
  • Make sure the bus comes to a complete stop, the stop sign is out and the red lights are flashing before loading the bus.
  • Never go behind the school bus. This is a “Danger Zone”.
  • Remove ear buds and put away cell phone or any electronic devices.
  • When preparing to enter or exit the bus, “Stop, Look and Listen”.
  • Obey the driver’s hand signal.

WHEN RIDING THE BUS

  • Use your classroom voice when riding the school bus. Loud noises may distract your bus driver.
  • Never throw objects or put any part of your body or belongings (hands, arm, head, book bags, etc.) outside the window.
  • Food and drink are not allowed on the bus. Any unsafe act, vandalism, tampering with equipment or misconduct is to be reported to the bus driver immediately upon arrival to school.
  • Keep aisles clear. Book bags, books, band instruments, projects must not be in the way.
  • Students should only carry items on the bus that can be transported in the student’s lap.
  • Respect your bus driver.
  • Remain seated until the bus has come to a complete stop.

Riding a school bus is a privilege. Students who do not comply with the rules and regulations may forfeit the right to ride the bus. Parents should be advised of the violations and notified that students who fail to comply with rules and regulations may lose their right for bus transportation. Remember - parents are responsible for seeing that children get to and from the bus stop and on the bus safely.

 

NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL BUS STOP LAW

N.C. General Statute 115C - 246(b) - School bus routes. 

Unless road or other conditions make it inadvisable, public school buses shall be routed on state-maintained highways, municipal streets, or other streets with publicly dedicated right-of-way. Each public school bus shall be routed so that the bus passes within one mile of the residence of each pupil assigned to that bus.  A pupil who lives one and one-half miles or more from the school to which the pupil is assigned shall be eligible for school bus transportation.

 

N.C. Administrative Code, Title 16, Chapter 6B.0104 – Bus Routes.

  • Superintendents shall plan bus routes in a way designed to conserve fuel and to use buses
  • A route may not deviate from a general path of direction of a distance of less than one-half mile and then return to the original path except for groups of 10 or more pupils, unescorted pupils in grades K-3 or special education
  • Unless safety factors require otherwise, superintendents may not plan bus stops closer together than 2 miles. Each student must be at the designated stop at the time of the bus’s arrival.

 

N.C. General Statute 14-132.2 – Wilfully trespassing upon, damaging, or impeding the progress of a public school bus.

  • Any person who shall unlawfully and willfully demolish, destroy, deface, injure, burn or damage any public school bus or public school activity bus shall be guilty of a Class 1
  • Any person who shall enter a public school bus or public activity bus after being forbidden to do so by the authorized school bus driver in charge thereof, or the school principal to whom the public school bus or public school activity bus is assigned, shall be guilty of a Class 1
  • Any occupant of a public school bus or public school activity bus who shall refuse to leave said bus upon demand of the authorized driver in charge thereof, or upon demand of the principal of the school to which said bus is assigned, shall be guilty of a Class 1
  • Any person who shall unlawfully and willfully stop, impede, delay, or detain any public school bus or public school activity bus being operated for public school purposes shall be guilty of a Class 1

 


WATCH THAT KID:

DON’T PASS A STOPPED SCHOOL BUS!

Each spring since 1997, school bus drivers have submitted a one-day tally to produce a statewide snapshot of the problem with motorists passing stopped school buses. Consistently, between 1,600 and 2,100 times PER DAY, motorists pass a school bus that is displaying its flashing red lights and stop sign while it is picking up or dropping off students. Alarmingly, drivers consistently report 4 percent of these violations on the RIGHT side of the bus! The penalty for passing a stopped bus is 5 driver’s license points and dramatically higher insurance premiums. Most importantly, it endangers the life of a child. 

For additional school bus safety information, visit: www.pcsnc.org  or www.ncbussafety.org

 

CROSSING THE STREET TO BOARD AND EXIT THE SCHOOL BUS INSTRUCTIONS


MORNING
 

  • Stay on your side of the road, 12 feet away from traffic.
  • Wait for the bus to stop and the stop arm to extend. The driver will be holding his left palm up for you to wait for traffic to stop.
  • Stop and look for traffic both ways, then check again. When it is ok the driver will give you a “thumbs up” and then point in the direction you will walk to cross the street.
  • Look for moving traffic both ways as you walk directly across the road.
  • Cross 12 feet in front of the bus in full view of your driver. Be careful in the danger zone and board the bus without delay.

AFTERNOON

  • Look for traffic in all directions, especially to your right, before you step off the bus. Cars sometimes pass on the right side. When ok...
  • Walk away from the right front of the bus in full view of your driver, going past the extended bus crossing arm. Then stop and...
  • Your bus driver will be holding his right palm up for you to wait until traffic is stopped.
  • When it is ok to cross, the driver will give you a “thumbs up” and then point in the direction you will walk to cross the street.
  • Look for moving traffic as you promptly cross and move 12 feet off the road.

A BUS HORN MEANS DANGER! LOOK AND FIND SAFETY! For more information go to www.ncbussafety.org/safety or contact NC Department of Public Instruction, Transportation Services 919-807-3570.