School Bus Safety Rules

Driving is our second priority. Your child is our first.


Rules for Safety

Rules before getting to the bus stop:

  • Be at the stop 5 minutes before the bus arrives
  • Make sure your bag is properly packed and nothing is falling out
  • Be prepared during inclement weather that the bus may late
  • Make sure your clothing suits the weather, it may be cold on the bus during the winter
  • Arrive with a smile

Rules for getting on the bus safely:

  • Be at the stop on time. Never run to or from the bus.
  • Wait at your designated stop in a safe place, well back from the side of the road.
  • Remember never to stand in the danger zone that surrounds the bus. The danger zone is anywhere close enough for you to touch the bus. The bus driver cannot see you when you are in the danger zone.
  • If you need to cross the street to get on the bus, always wait until the bus has
    come to a complete stop. Look for the stop arm to come out and for the flashing red lights.

    Watch the driver. When the driver is assured that all traffic has stopped he/she will
    signal for you to cross the street – but continue to watch for traffic yourself.

  • Always walk, don’t run.
  • Hold the handrail as you get on the bus. Do not push or shove.

Rules for safe school bus riding:

  • Take your seat promptly and sit properly, facing forward at all times.
  • Place bags and parcels under your seat or on your lap.
  • Keep the aisle and the emergency exits of the bus clear at all times.
  • Always keep your head, hands and arms inside the bus.
  • Never throw objects inside or outside of the bus.
  • Talk quietly. The bus driver needs to concentrate to safely drive the bus.
  • Never fight, shout, or use obscene language at any time.
  • Be absolutely quiet when approaching a railroad crossing.
  • Do not bring dangerous, disturbing or annoying objects onto the bus.
  • Eating and drinking is not allowed on school buses at any time. This rule protects
    students/driver that have food allergies and anaphylaxis, prevents choking and maintains bus cleanliness.
  • Smoking is not allowed on the bus.
  • Always follow the bus driver’s instructions.

Safety Smarts – Know the Danger Zone

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  • The 10 giant steps (or 3 meter) rule is a good measurement for children to identify the danger zone around the school bus, particularly when crossing in front of the bus.
  • Children should never enter the danger zone unless the bus driver has given them permission.
  • If a child can touch the bus, he or she is too close.
  • Remember – if you cannot see the bus driver, the bus driver cannot see you.
  • When near a bus, the children must have the attention of the bus driver.
  • Children should never play around or near school bus vehicles.

Proud to be a member of…

Consortium de transport scolaire de l'Est
Ottawa Student Transportation Authority
Consortium de transport scolaire d'Ottawa
Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario