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Florida joins other states across the country to observe National School Bus Safety Week every year in the month of October. The special week commemorates the safe service that school buses provide to families, as they provide one of the safest modes of transportation for children.

Each year, Florida drivers illegally pass school buses nearly two million times. Each illegal pass-by could result in a tragic injury or fatality of a student. The inconvenience of an extra few seconds spent waiting for a stopped school bus is insignificant compared to the loss of a child's life, which is why Florida’s departments of Education, Transportation, and Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, have teamed up to develop the Stop on Red, Kids Ahead campaign to remind drivers of the laws and safe practices to take when approaching a school bus.

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Drivers who improperly pass a stopped
school bus commit a moving violation
subject to citation and will be required to
complete a basic Driver Improvement
Course upon conviction. Please remain
alert throughout the school year
and remember, the inconvenience of an
extra few seconds spent waiting for a
stopped school bus is insignificant
compared to the loss of a child’s life. 


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 PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS TO FOLLOW

WHILE WAITING, LOADING AND RIDING THE SCHOOL BUS

       

  1. Procedures While Waiting for the Bus
  1. Be at the assigned pickup point up to five minutes before the regular/scheduled pick up time. Drivers will not wait or honk.
  1. Stand on the sidewalk or 10 feet away from the roadway while waiting for the bus. Students must respect private property at the pickup point location. Criminal charges could apply if private property is damaged or destroyed.
  1. As the bus approaches, form a line and be prepared to load immediately. But, do not approach the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the door is opened. Anywhere within 10 ft. of the bus is considered “the Danger Zone” and is very dangerous.
  1. If a student misses the bus, they should go home immediately and notify their parent/guardian. Parents/guardians should instruct their children on what procedures to follow if the bus is missed. The school bus will not return if the student misses the bus.
  1. Procedures for Boarding the Bus
  1. Do not push or shove; load one at a time.
  1. Use the handrail and step up onto the bus one step at a time.
  1. Go directly to your assigned seat. The bus will not move until all students are seated. All students are required to have an assigned seat. Assigned seating will be determined by the driver, school campus administrator, and transportation, not the student.
  1. Loading at each school is generally scheduled or announced. The bus stops one time only to load students at the schools. The driver will give the students enough time to load and then leave. Once the bus starts to leave a campus, it will not stop to pick up a late student. Running towards or after a moving bus is very dangerous. The student that misses the bus should return to the office immediately to contact their parent/guardian.
  1. Conduct on the Bus
  1. Each rider is assigned a seat. Each rider will be responsible for his or her space. Report any existing vandalism or damage to the driver immediately. Vandalism repair cost will be paid by the person determined to be responsible. Parents/guardians will be notified and the student’s riding privilege may be suspended until arrangement for restitution is made.
  1. Actions that distract the driver may endanger all of the riders. Such actions as loud noises, moving around, throwing objects, fighting or shining a light into the eyes of the driver are unlawful and will not be allowed. The student may be removed if necessary. The Police Department may issue citations for Disruption of Transportation or Disorderly Conduct for these acts, resulting in fines or possible incarceration for violators.
  1. The emergency door and exit controls should be used by students only during supervised drills or actual emergencies.
  1. All body parts (head, arms, long hair, etc.) must be kept inside of the bus.
  1. Remain seated in the assigned seat. Do not change seat location without the driver’s approval.
  1. Eating, drinking or smoking vapor/E-Cigs while on the bus is not permitted. Openly carrying drink containers, lighters, knives or matches while on the bus is not permitted.
  1. All carry-on items will be held in the student’s lap. Nothing will be allowed in the aisle or blocking the exits. Items that block the view of the driver are not permitted.
  1. Absolutely no fighting or spitting on the bus will be tolerated. Each will be reported to the student’s principal.