Avonmore, Ontario



Safety First...

Welcome to the School Bus Safety Zone. This is a place where parents and students can review school bus safety tips to ensure everyone has a safe and happy trip. Enjoy, and best wishes for a safe and successful school year!


School Bus Safety Colouring Book

  • A great way for students to learn about school bus safety while having some fun too. By clicking the "Be Cool Bus Rules" link, you can download a fun school bus safety colouring book for students to colour on and learn about school bus safety at the same time!

    Who says learning can't be fun....

 


Click here to download the colouring book.

Getting on the Bus Safely

  • Be at the stop on time. Never run to or from the bus.
  • Wait at your designated stop in a safe place, well back from the side of the road.
  • Remember never to stand in the danger zone that surrounds the bus. The danger zone is anywhere close enough for you to touch the bus. The bus driver cannot see you when you are in the danger zone.
  • If you need to cross the street to get on the bus, always wait until the bus has come to a complete stop. Look for the stop arm to come out and for the flashing red lights. Watch the driver. When the driver is assured that all traffic has stopped he/she will signal for you to cross the street - but continue to watch for traffic yourself. Always walk, don't run.
  • Hold the handrail as you get on the bus. Do not push or shove.
  • Always follow the bus driver's instructions.

 


Riding on the School Bus Safely

  • Take your seat promptly and sit properly, facing forward at all times.
  • Place bags and parcels under your seat or on your lap.
  • Keep the aisle and the emergency exits of the bus clear at all times.
  • Always keep your head, hands and arms inside the bus.
  • Never throw objects inside or outside of the bus.
  • Talk quietly. The bus driver needs to concentrate to safely drive the bus.
  • Never fight, shout, or use obscene language at any time.
  • Be absolutely quiet when approaching a railroad crossing.
  • Do not bring dangerous, disturbing or annoying objects onto the bus.
  • Eating and drinking is not allowed on school buses at any time. This rule protects students/driver that have food allergies and anaphylaxis, prevents choking and maintains bus cleanliness.
  • Smoking is not allowed on the bus.
  • Always follow the bus driver's instructions.

 


Leaving the Bus Safely

  • Remain in the seat until the bus comes to a complete stop.
  • If everyone is getting off the bus, the people at the front of the bus leave first. Do not push.
  • Always make sure that drawstrings and other loose objects are secure before getting off the bus so that they do not get caught on the handrail or door of the bus.
  • When you leave the bus, hold the handrail as you get off the bus and take two large steps away from the bus.
  • To cross the street in front of the bus, walk ahead at least 10 giant steps (3 metres). Cross only when the driver gives a signal. Proceed across the street in a single file, looking both ways for oncoming traffic.
  • Always cross the street in front of the bus, never go behind the bus.
  • If you drop something near the bus, in the danger zone, NEVER, NEVER stop to pick it up, tell an adult.

 

 


Know the Danger Zone!!!

  • The 10 giant steps (or 3 metres) rule is a good measurement for children to identify the danger zone around the school bus, particularly when crossing in front of the bus.
  • Children should never enter the danger zone unless the bus driver has given them permission.
  • If a child can touch the bus, he or she is too close.
  • Remember - if you cannot see the bus driver, the bus driver cannot see you.
  • When near a bus, the children must have the attention of the bus driver.
  • Children should never play around or near school bus vehicles.

 

Click here to see a larger illustration of the danger zone


* The above safety tips were prepared by the Upper Canada District School Board.