School Bus Safety Rules and Behavior
Walking To and From School Bus Stops
When walking to and from designated bus stops, students should be respectful of other people's property. Students are to:
- Walk off the roadway or as close to the edge of the roadway as possible
- Check traffic carefully before crossing any roadway
- Go directly to their designated school bus stop or home
- Wait for the bus driver to escort them across the street as described below, and
- Not cause any destruction of private property.
General Rules of Conduct at School Bus Loading Zones
Student conduct at the bus stop should be the same as required on the school grounds. Actions such as littering, spitting, throwing any object, vandalism, pushing, shoving, and harassment of others will not be tolerated. Student misconduct at the bus stop will be dealt with in the same manner as misconduct on the school bus. A list of the Bus Rules and Regulations is included with this letter
All Santee school buses are equipped with Zonar. This system allows students to scan a bus pass each day when they board and exit the school bus. Zonar permits GPS tracking of each vehicle, minute by minute updates of bus locations. Reports of student ridership are available in real time.
Students are required to be at the bus stop five minutes before the bus arrives at the stop so there is no danger of them running to catch the bus. Students should be lined up in a single file line and ready to board when they see the bus approaching. Students should wait until the driver sets the parking brake and opens the door before moving towards the bus.
If a student is approaching the bus stop and sees the bus already at the stop, he/she should not run to the stop. If the driver sees a student walking towards the bus, he/she will wait for them. If a student is on the opposite side of the street, he/she must wait there until the driver activates the red crossover lights, exits the bus, is in the proper position for escorting the pupil across the street and has given the student direction to cross the street. Students must cross the street between the driver and the front of the bus.
If a student is walking to a bus stop, but is too far away for the driver to see him/her, and/or is seen after the bus leaves the bus stop, the driver cannot stop and pick up the student. The bus can only stop at designated bus stops.
When the bus reaches the bus stop, the student(s) must remain seated until the bus has come to a full stop, the parking brake is set, the door is opened and the students are given the signal from the driver that it is safe to exit the bus. Students are to walk directly away from the bus and should not loiter around the bus stop area.
When there are students who must cross the street, there are certain procedures the law requires the driver and the student to follow. The bus driver is required to do a “red light crossing” and escort all students in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. Students will follow the driver off the bus and must wait on the sidewalk or side of the roadway until the driver instructs them to cross the street. Students are to cross between the front of the bus and the driver. It is important for them to walk and not run. Go directly across the street to the other side and do not stand in the street. It is the driver’s responsibility to see that all students have completely and safely crossed the street.
Statistics show that most injuries and fatal accidents happen during the loading and unloading of the school bus. Children need to know that there is a “Danger Zone” around the bus where the driver cannot see them in their mirrors. This “Danger Zone” is twelve feet wide and completely surrounds all sides of the bus. When the students know and follow the safe loading and unloading procedures they will create a much safer bus stop environment for all students and the bus driver.
Safe Riding Practices
Some accidents are indirectly caused by students who distract the bus driver. Good student behavior while entering, riding, or exiting the bus contributes in many ways to safe transportation. Such conduct makes it possible for the driver to give full attention to the safe operation of the bus and hold those conditions that might cause pupils to be injured to a minimum.
Fighting on the bus, any movement out of the seats, excessive noise and boisterous conduct are examples of things that are distracting to the driver. It is the students’ responsibility to have good behavior on the bus. If they practice good behavior, it will make the ride on the bus safer for everyone.
Parents are expected to have their children ready on time and to inform them that they are to maintain good behavior at the bus stop as well as on the bus. Inappropriate behavior can result in suspension of bus riding privileges.
Kindergarten students will be released at the bus stop without supervision unless a written request is made stating they must be met and by whom. Should there be no authorized person at the bus stop to meet the child the driver will return the child to the school. If this occurs on 3 separate occasions, we will no longer honor the request for your child to be released to a responsible person and the child will be released without supervision.
An open line of communication must be maintained between parent, school authorities, and the transportation department so that when problems do develop, parents are aware of them.
Designated School Bus Stops
There are pre-assigned bus stops that the bus driver may use to pick up and drop off students. Your child is required to use the stop which is closest to your home or child’s destination. Students who do not reside or receive child care within the "Transportation areas" for their home school are not permitted to ride the bus.
Students who will need to cross the street that the school bus is parked on, in order to walk to their home or destination, will be determined by the Transportation dispatch office, according to the address on file with the School District. The driver will be notified of the student's need to cross the street so the driver can ensure that the student crosses the street safely as required by law.
Transportation is provided after school for students from each of the schools to the Boys and Girls Club and the Santee Teen Center. This must be arranged through the Boys and Girls Club and the City of Santee, Recreation Program. Fees for this transportation are required by and payable to each program.
If your child attends either of these programs, please state their destination on the Transportation Rider Information sheet in the “Alternate Address” area.
No Student Left Unattended Procedures
Each school bus shall be equipped with an operational child safety alert system. ( 13 CCR 1294). A "child safety alert system" is a device located at the interior rear of a vehicle that requires the driver to either manually contact or scan the device before exiting the vehicle, thereby prompting the driver to inspect the entirety of the interior of the vehicle before exiting.
Each school bus driver is required to check their bus after each run/route/trip once finished. This means they will get out of the drvier's seat, walk the enitre length of the bus checking the entirety of the interior for sleeping students and articles that may have been left behind before exiting the vehicle. Drivers will physically walk to the back of the bus and place a "bus empty sign" at the back window after each group during their tour of duty.