School Bus Safety
Our school bus rules are in accordance with Washington state law. These regulations are designed to assure every student has safe transportation to and from school, and school-sponsored activities. Please use this page to familiarize yourself with how to keep students safe while their on the bus and while driving near near a school bus.
Waiting for the Bus
Be ready at your stop 5 minutes before your bus is scheduled to arrive.
Stay on the sidewalk or shoulder.
Respect your neighbors by waiting quietly and not entering their property.
Wait in a straight line 10 feet from where the bus will stop.
Getting on the Bus
Wait until the bus stops, the doors open, and the driver motions before you approach the bus.
Stay in a single file line and load the bus in an orderly fashion.
Always use the handrail when entering the bus.
Quickly find an open seat. We recommend younger students sit towards the front of the bus.
Behavior on the Bus
While the bus is moving, sit with your back against the back of the seat, facing forward at all times.
Talk quietly with your seat buddy. Loud noises may distract your driver.
Keep personal belongings on your lap and out of the aisle.
Keep your head, hands, and belongings inside the bus.
Getting on the Bus
Know your bus stop location. Do not get off at any other stop without a bus pass.
Remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop and the door opens.
Form a single file line and unload the bus in an orderly fashion.
Always use the handrail when getting off the bus.
The Danger Zone
When unloading, immediately move away from the bus and walk to your destination.
The danger zone is 10 feet around the outside of the bus. Always stand where you can see the driver and the driver can see you.
If crossing the street, stand at least 10 feet in front of the bus and wait for the driver to motion before crossing.
If something falls under or near the bus, tell the driver. Never try to pick it up yourself.
Observe the same rules of conduct on the bus as you would in the classroom.
Large objects must be carried on the bus with ease and secured on your lap. Driver pre-approval is required before larger items are allowed on the bus.
Eating and drinking is not permitted.
Cell phones, toys, and similar items must remain in your backpack.
School bus safety is not just for those riding the bus. It is imperative for the safety of our students that drivers know when and where to stop for a school bus. Depending on the type of road and the traveling direction, drivers must respect the the flashing stop paddle as if it were a regular stop sign. Failure to stop may result in a $430 citation.
Two-Lane Road: All drivers must stop
A two-lane road has one lane going in both directions. Drivers going in both directions must stop when the stop paddle is displayed.
Multi-Lane Road: Same direction traffic must stop
A multi-lane road has three or more lanes going in either direction, including a turning lane. On a multi-lane road, drivers are not required to stop if traveling in the opposite direction of the bus, but should slow down and proceed with caution.
Divided Road: Same direction traffic must stop
A divided road has a median or barrier wider than 18 inches between lanes traveling in the opposite direction. On a divided road, drivers are not required to stop if traveling in the opposite direction of the bus, but should slow down and proceed with caution.