Safety Tips for Parents
- Discuss 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.
- Being 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.
Role of Parents
Parents 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 children.
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.
- Cooperate 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.
- Avoid contacting drivers to change schedules, routes assignments, bus stops, etc. (if a problem arises, contact the principal or Supervisor of Transportation.)
- 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.