Safety Tips for Parents
Role of Parents
and reinforce the importance of all bus safety rules with your child.
Your support of bus safety rules will increase your child’s respect for
bus drivers and their very important job.
- Visit the bus
stop with your child. This will help you explain the safest route to
take to the stop, the proper place to wait, the safest distance from the
roadway for your child to stand, and the necessity to take notice of
any unsafe situations. A young child (pre-kindergarten, kindergarten) or
student with special needs should always be accompanied by a
responsible person to and from the bus stop daily.
- Remind your child to avoid the DANGER ZONE. Children in the DANGER ZONE cannot be easily seen by the bus driver.
at the bus stop on time will prevent your child from rushing and making
careless decisions. All school buses service at least two schools each
day and have schedules to keep.
- When driving on school
grounds, always be alert, watch for children in every direction, and
yield the right of way to school buses. Always use the designated
drop-off and pick-up areas if you drive children to and from school.
should be informed of and should understand their responsibility in
working with the bus driver and school system personnel for the welfare
and safety of their children. Also, emphasis should be placed on the
problems involved with safe transportation and the extent of
responsibility placed on bus drivers who are transporting their
Responsibilities of Parents are as Follows:
- Be familiar with and follow local board and school level policies for school bus transportation.
- Have children ready and at their designated pickup points along the route.
with the school bus driver in teaching children safety precautions and
good manners and habits for school bus passengers.
- Assist when there are disciplinary problems.
- Avoid detaining the driver on the route.
contacting drivers to change schedules, routes assignments, bus stops,
etc. (if a problem arises, contact the principal or Supervisor of
- Assist the school district in monitoring safe
access for passengers by keeping bus loading and unloading zones free of
parked vehicles, trash or debris, by keeping vegetation trimmed, etc.
- Have children at the bus stop on time.
- Know the rules for bus riders.
- Support the driver if behavior problems occur.
- Have a plan for emergencies.
- Accompany small children and students with special needs to bus stop.
In order to be eligible for transportation on a MCSB bus, each student must have a Bus Registration Form
on file in the transportation office.