Bus Conduct and Safety Rules
School Bus Safety is of paramount importance and requires everyone’s cooperation. It is essential that all students exhibit proper classroom conduct at all times. Obey the driver promptly and respectfully.
For students’ safety, the driver must devote his/her attention to driving, and students are expected to cooperate fully so that order is maintained on the bus at all times. Riding a school bus is a privilege and not a right, therefore students who misbehave on a school bus may lose their privilege of riding that bus.
- Students are to use only their assigned bus stop and to be at the bus stop ten (10) minutes before their scheduled pick-up time. Students are likewise to remain at the bus stop for no less than ten (10) minutes after their scheduled pick-up time. If a bus is running more than 10 minutes late, a recorded call will be sent out notifying parents/guardians of the estimated time of arrival for the late bus.
- Walk safely when approaching or leaving bus stops. Where there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the street facing oncoming traffic. Whenever it is necessary to cross the street at the bus stop, cross only in front of the bus when signaled by the driver.
- DO NOT STAND or PLAY in the roadway while waiting for the bus.
- Respect property near bus stops. Damage may result in a change or discontinuance of bus stops.
- Never attempt to enter or leave the bus until it has come to a full stop. The entrance door will be opened only by the driver, and only after he/she has determined conditions permit safe entrance or exit.
- Take your turn and avoid pushing when entering or leaving the bus.
- Be seated promptly, and be careful not to block the aisles. No one is permitted to save seats. Remain seated until the bus stops.
- Use classroom conduct while on the bus. Loud talking or laughing, unnecessary confusion, or other misconduct which diverts the driver’s attention may result in a serious accident. The driver has the same authority as a teacher, including assignment of seats.
- DO NOT tease others, scuffle, or throw objects.
- Open windows only with the driver’s permission. The thrusting of arms or heads out of windows is always dangerous and never acceptable. Treat bus seats and equipment like valuable furniture.
- Smoking, eating, and drinking are not permitted on the bus.
- Show student ID and bus pass when requested.
- Be responsible for your own conduct. Improper conduct or failure to identify yourself to the driver when asked may result in loss of the bus-riding privilege.
Please remember that bus drivers can recommend the removal of a student from riding the bus if the behavior of the student is disruptive and/or disrespectful to other students and/or the bus driver. If a student is denied the bus riding privilege, it will be the parent’s responsibility to provide transportation.
The MSDWT does not provide walk zones to any of our schools. It is expected that students will be transported to their school by bus or by a parent/guardian.