School Bus Safety
It is important that students are aware of the proper procedures for crossing in front of a school bus:
- Walk 10 paces past the front of the bus
- Cross to a point parallel to the edge of the bus and look both ways for traffic
- Watch for the driver’s signal that it is safe to cross
- Cross when it is safe to do so
- Board policy requires that school bus contractors conduct two school bus evacuations per year—one in the fall and the second in the spring
School Bus Student Behaviour
The school bus is an extension of the classroom and therefore requires appropriate conduct at all times.
Excessive noise, standing, "horsing around," foul language and extending items out the window can distract the driver. The driver needs to have his/her attention on the road and the traffic, not on what is going on behind him/her.
Students who misbehave on school buses are subject to disciplinary measures. Detailed procedures of Sturgeon School Division’s disciplinary measures are provided in its Board Policy Suspension of School Bus Privileges.
Students who vandalize a bus in any way are accountable for their actions. Rips or tears in a seat could result in a school bus receiving a fail mark during a school bus inspection. The cost of repairs comes out of a driver’s pocket; therefore, the student(s) responsible would be expected to reimburse the driver and could also face suspension from the bus.