SCHOOL BUS SAFETY The Board of Education SD54 offers SD54 students residing a considerable distance from school, transportation from and to registered bus stops, to and from schools in the school district. Transportation may not be available from all areas to all schools. Riding the school bus is considered a privilege, not a right. We are a transportation service and as such are required to adhere to restrictions governing passenger compartment luggage as laid out in the Motor Vehicle and Commercial Vehicle Acts. As a result, there are certain items, which are not allowed on the bus. Some of these are: skis, hockey sticks, baseball bats, skate boards, etc. Your driver determines what is safe. For safety reasons, it is imperative that students stay seated on the school bus and may be denied transportation for not adhering to this stipulation. If a student fails to follow the direction of the driver, the driver may suspend the riding privileges of the student. In cold winter conditions, every effort will be made to provide transportation to and from school. Buses will endeavor to continue on schedule as long as it is safe to do so, considering the temperature, road conditions, etc. Should any run be canceled or delayed, unless otherwise notified, school will remain open with route cancellation notification via the School District Website www.sd54.bc.ca under “Bus Info”, Facebook, Synervoice messaging service and the local radio stations as soon as possible. Local Radio Stations: • CBC (Prince George, Prince Rupert) • PEAK (Smithers) • CFRN (Terrace) • CJFW (Terrace) • FM94 (Prince George)
In cold weather conditions, for the safety and comfort of your child, please ensure that they are dressed accordingly. These rules apply to all students traveling to and from school by school bus:
- The driver is in charge!
- Follow directions the first time they are given.
- Keep hands, feet and other objects to yourself.
- Talk quietly, using appropriate language.
- Smoking, drugs, and alcohol are prohibited.
- Written permission is required for students to get off at stops other than their regular home to school stops
- Unregistered students are not allowed on the bus without written permission.
Safety rules to observe when your child boards or gets off the bus:
Always – wait for the driver’s signal to proceed before crossing any roadway.
Always – cross in front of the bus, never go behind it.
Always – look both ways before crossing the road.
Always – think safety.
We would like to ask you, as a parent, to go over these rules with your child and emphasize the importance of good behavior.
Ensure your child arrives at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the arrival of the bus to avoid rushing to catch the bus
Make sure you arrive at the pick-up point at the scheduled drop-off time.
Remind your child to stay away from the 3 danger Zones on the bus. The Front, back and sides. Safety 3 m away from the bus.
Remind your child to stand 5 steps away from the road.
Ensure that children fully understand that they should return home to warmth if there is substantial delay in the arrival of the school bus. Attempts to hitch-hike to school are not approved