Bus Safety A Dis­trict Pri­or­ity

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With the school year about to start, and with so many stu­dents rid­ing school buses, this is a good time to fo­cus on bus safety.

“When it comes to bus safety we be­lieve that safety is not a slo­gan but a way of life,” said McDon­ald County School Dis­trict’s Trans­porta­tion Direc­tor Clyde Davidson. “Our driv­ers’ ul­ti­mate goal is to de­liver our stu­dents from home to school and back in as safe a man­ner as pos­si­ble. Our driv­ers re­ceive an­nual train­ing to pre­pare them to do the job that they are asked to do. We have found that co­op­er­a­tive par­ents and stu­dents en­able the driv­ers to achieve their goals more ef­fec­tively. Ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of El­e­men­tary and Se­condary Ed­u­ca­tion, it is sta­tis­ti­cally 70 times safer to ride a school bus than a reg­u­lar pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle. Stu­dent safety is the high­est pri­or­ity in the trans­porta­tion de­part­ment.”

The fol­low­ing are the dis­trict’s safety rules:

Bus rid­ers shall be at the des­ig­nated load­ing point be­fore the bus ar­rival time.

Bus rid­ers shall wait un­til the bus comes to a com­plete stop be­fore at­tempt­ing to en­ter.

Rid­ers must not ex­tend arms or heads out of the win­dows at any time.

Aisles must be kept cleared at all times.

All bus rid­ers shall load and un­load through the right front door. The emer­gency door is for emer­gen­cies only.

A bus rider will depart from the bus at the des­ig­nated point un­less writ­ten per­mis­sion to get off at a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion is given to the driver.

A rider may be as­signed a seat by the driver.

Rid­ers who dam­age seats or other equip­ment will re­im­burse the dis­trict for the cost of the re­pair or re­place­ment.

Rid­ers are not per­mit­ted to leave their seats while the ve­hi­cle is in mo­tion.

Per­mis­sion to open win­dows must be ob­tained from the driver.

Class­room con­duct is to be ob­served by stu­dents while rid­ing the bus ex­cept for or­di­nary con­ver­sa­tion.

The driver is in charge of the stu­dents and the ve­hi­cle, and the driver is to be obeyed promptly and cour­te­ously.

A bus rider who must cross the road­way to board or depart from the bus shall pass in front of the bus (no closer than 10 feet), look in both di­rec­tions, and pro­ceed to cross the road or high­way only on sig­nal from the driver.

Stu­dents shall not throw ob­jects about the ve­hi­cle nor out the win­dows.

Stu­dents shall keep feet off the seats.

The stu­dent dis­ci­pline code will ap­ply to stu­dents us­ing school trans­porta­tion ser­vices. This in­cludes con­duct oc­cur­ring at or in the close vicin­ity of a bus stop while stu­dents are wait­ing for the bus, or im­me­di­ately af­ter the stu­dents have dis­em­barked.

RACHEL DICK­ER­SON/MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

McDon­ald County R-1 School Dis­trict Trans­porta­tion Direc­tor Clyde Davidson said safety is the trans­porta­tion de­part­ment’s high­est pri­or­ity.

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