Bus rules & Safety

COVID-19 Precautions

Physical distancing is most challenging on a school bus due to the limited space available. Strict physical distancing between riders of 6 feet is not practical as it would require as few as 12 riders per bus. It is required that all students wear a cloth face covering while riding the bus to and from school. BCSS transportation is also taking the following steps:

  • All riders will be assigned seats on the bus.
  • Buses will be cleaned between morning and afternoon routes each day. As much as possible, buses will also be wiped down with disinfecting wipes between routes (MS/HS and ES).
  • Masks will be required on the bus for students and drivers. As such, wearing masks will be enforced like other bus rules, and it will be a discipline infraction if not followed.
  • For confirmed COVID cases, buses will be taken out of service to be disinfected.
  • To maximize air circulation, roof hatches and windows will be opened.
  • Response protocols are being developed for how to handle sick students at a stop location, and for identifiable illness while students are on the bus.
  • Children that become sick during the day may not ride the bus home.

Bus Rules and Conduct

School transportation is a privilege and to maintain this privilege, a student must abide by established bus conduct rules. A pupil's transportation privilege may be suspended or revoked if conduct creates a disruption or safety hazard on the school bus. The principal or his/her designee handles all disciplinary action taken for misconduct on the school bus.

Only authorized personnel are allowed aboard a school bus. Authorized personnel include the driver, transportation department employees, pupils, approved school system personnel, chaperons, and law enforcement officers.

Written authorization from a parent, with the signature of a local school administrator must be presented to the bus driver in order for a student to leave the school bus at any stop other than his/her regular stop.

On occasion a pupil may ride on a bus that they are not regularly assigned if there is space available and the pupil has written authorization from a parent signed by a local school administrator.

If your child misses the school bus they should call their parents. For safety reasons, they should never chase the bus.

Bus Rules and Conduct


In order for school bus drivers to safely load and unload students, they must recognize that there is an area around a stopped school bus that is very dangerous. Parents, please go over the “DANGER ZONE” with your students. This is the area near the bus where the bus driver might not see students or where cars might be moving when student riders are getting on and off the school bus. Bus drivers must ensure proper execution of procedures any time students are loading or unloading. Additionally, it is essential that bus drivers use both direct vision and properly adjusted mirrors to see students in the DANGER ZONE.


The DANGER ZONE is: The TWELVE FOOT area that surrounds a stopped school bus. Especially the most dangerous areas which are around the left and right front tires, the front door and the right rear tires where it is difficult for the bus driver to see students with their direct vision. These areas are where the school bus poses a great threat to students riders. Additionally, students are at risk to passing motorists on both the left and right sides of the stopped school bus.

When in or near the DANGER ZONE, students should:

  • Stay away from the dangerous areas where it is difficult for the bus driver to see them with their direct vision. These areas include:
    • Near the right and left front tires
    • Near the right rear tires
    • Near the front door
  • Make sure you are always able to see the driver when outside the school bus.
  • NEVER return to the bus for something left behind or dropped without getting the bus driver’s attention. Leave any object and move to a point, out of the Danger Zone. Then, get the driver’s attention by putting hands and arms above their head and waving. Wait for the driver to see them and give instructions before returning to the bus or before picking up anything dropped near the bus. If they do not get the driver’s attention, they should not attempt to retrieve the item.
  • Be aware of the danger of passing cars that do not stop like they should. The danger may be from cars passing from the rear on the left side of the bus or from cars passing from all directions on both the left and right side of the bus.

Always be alert and focused when in the DANGER ZONE

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