2017-08-16 / School News

Bus safety tips from Morgan County Schools

by Kate Evans

Morgan County Schools Transportation/Safety Director Jamie Harris provided the following school bus safety tips for parents, students and motorists as another school year begins.

Additional bus safety tips and information can also be found in the Morgan County Schools Parent and Student Transportation Guide, which is available on the transportation department page on the county schools website.

Parents can get copies of the bus safety guide at their child’s school.


• Parents should supervise all bus stops until children are safely on or off the bus during pick-up and delivery.

• Parents should provide written instruction about any care that a student may need while riding the bus.

• Younger children pre-K through third grade must be met by a parent/adult when they are dropped off at their bus stop after-school.

• Students of all ages that ride after-school activity or Summer School buses must be met by a parent or adult designee since they have limited stops. Be there at least five minutes before the bus arrival time.


• Students should be at the bus stop five minutes before their designated pick-up time and not earlier.

• Children should wear light colored clothing or clothing with reflective tape so they can be more easily seen when it’s dark.

• Students should walk on the left side of the road facing traffic and not run to or from the bus.

• Children should wait on the bus at their designated stop in an orderly fashion and stand back at least five feet back from the bus stopping position.

• Kids should wait until the bus stops completely and has its red flashing lights on to begin moving toward the bus.

• Students should board and get off the bus in an orderly manner.

• Students should follow the bus driver’s and aide’s instructions at all times.

• Students should not have any kind of weapon on the bus or in Morgan County School buildings or on school grounds.

On the bus

• Kids should stay seated at all times and should sit forward in their seat with no feet in the aisle.

• Children should use the handrail when getting on and off the bus.

• Students should not eat, drink or place objects in their mouth that may cause a choking hazard while on the bus except medically necessary foods or medications.

• Children should change seats only when given permission by the bus driver when the bus is not in motion.

• All students should have a backpack and should not be carrying books and papers loose.

• Students should keep their book bags closed at all times on the bus with all items closed in their book bags and purses.

• Kids should not wear loose clothing that could get caught on the handrail or in the bus door.

• Students should keep the bus aisles clear and all body parts inside the bus.

• Kids should speak quietly on the bus and not use vulgar language.

• Students may not smoke on the bus or at designated bus stops.

• Kids should never stop to pick up anything that’s fallen in front of a bus or crawl under a bus.

• Children should get out of the bus and quickly get away from the bus. They should wait for the driver’s signal before crossing the road and cross at least 10 feet in front of the bus.


• Motorists should use caution near bus stops and patience and courtesy when following a school bus. It’s not always safe or advisable for a bus to pull off the road to allow traffic to pass it.

• Motorists in both lanes should slow down and prepare to stop when a school bus activates its yellow caution lights.

• When the school bus red lights come on and the red stop sign arm comes out, motorists on both sides of the road should be stopped to allow children to safely get on or off the bus.

• It is against the law for motorists to pass a school bus that has its red flashing lights on.

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