The bus driver-has the responsibility of the passengers on the bus. The rules set forth by the driver are established at the school level and the state level.
Yellow flashing lights-on the bus indicates the bus is getting ready to stop and load or unload. This means cars need to slow down and get ready to stop.
Red Flashing Lights and Stop Signal (semaphore) – indicate that the bus has stopped and that children are getting on and off. These lights tell the motorist to STOP their cars.
Side Mirrors and Rear mirrors- assist the driver by allowing a large view around the bus. Cars, children and bikes that get to close to the bus should be seen in the mirrors. REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE BLIND AREAS EVEN WITH THE MIRRORS.
Emergency Exit- is posted on all buses and is to be used for exiting the bus if there is an emergency on the vehicle. Everyone should know where these exits are located.
Danger Zones (front)- When crossing in front of the bus all students must walk ahead at least 10’ or more. They then must look up at the driver to see if the driver feels it is safe to cross in front of the bus.
Danger Zones (sides)-Never walk close to the side of the bus. This area is a blind spot for some drivers, meaning they can not see you.
Danger Zone (behind the bus)- Never, never walk behind a school bus. The driver will not see you.
Walking Area-When students leave the bus they should stay at least three feet away from the front side of the bus. Never get close to the tires.