Bus Safety

Duties and Responsibilities of the Student

The school bus is considered an extension of the classroom and therefore classroom conduct is to be observed at all times. Busing is a privilege, not a right.

The bus operator is responsible for the students on his/her bus and must therefore, receive the respect, consideration and co-operation of each student.

Each student riding a school bus shall be provided with a copy of the regulations when he/she is registered on the bus. 

Parents are requested to review the regulations with their children so that both are familiar with them.

Regulations:

  1. The bus operator is in full charge at all times.
     
  2. Students shall be assigned seats and shall remain in that seat while on the bus.
     
  3. Students must not attempt to get on or off the bus while it is in motion.
     
  4. Students are expected to be at their stops 5 minutes prior to the bus arrival. The bus will not wait in the morning. The times indicated by the bus operator are departure times, not arrival times.
     
  5. Students are to go promptly to their buses after school dismissal. Buses shall wait for (10) minutes after dismissal for loading and students who are consistently late and hold up the bus shall be reported to the principal.
     
  6. Outside of ordinary conversation, classroom conduct is to be observed and the bus operator shall separate pupils or groups of pupils who do not comply with this rule.
     
  7. Students must not throw wastepaper or other rubbish on the floor of the bus or out the window. Eating of lunches on the bus is at the discretion of the bus operator, but if the bus is not kept clean the privilege shall be withdrawn immediately.
     
  8. The following activities are prohibited and may result in disciplinary actions:
    1. Unnecessary conversation with the bus operator.                               
    2. Extending any part of the body out of the windows.
    3. Possessing alcoholic beverages.
    4. Profane language.
    5. Smoking on the bus, including e-cigarettes.
    6. Yelling or loud distracting behavior.
       
  9. Upon discharging and if you live on the opposite side of the road, cross only in front of the bus and at least ten (10) paces ahead. Cross only when safe to do so and under the guidance of the bus operator.
     
  10. Students should be adequately dressed for the prevailing or anticipated weather conditions.
     
  11. Students that are Kindergarten to Grade 6 that are riding am/pm with other students (i.e. birthday party, sleepover, etc) on the bus require written permission from parents/guardians.
     
  12. Any student who violates school bus regulations shall be reported to the principal of his/her school as soon as possible, by the bus operator. The principal may suspend a child from riding the school bus for violation of the regulations subject to Section 24 of the School Act.
     
  13. In Parkland School Division, we are committed to providing safe and caring places for all students to learn: that includes the way to and from school on our buses. Carry-on items such as the student’s school book bag/lunch are permitted on the bus, but items such as hockey sticks, skates, skateboards, skis, etc., will be handled in the following manner:
  1. Items blocking aisles or emergency exits on a school bus are in violation of Alberta Transportation regulations and are NOT permitted.
     
  2. Space is at a premium on our buses. In many cases, there simply isn’t room for larger objects. Therefore, all carry-on items are to be no larger than 33 cm x 33 cm x 59 cm (13” x 13” x 23”) and must be able to fit on the lap in front of the student or they cannot be accommodated on the bus. All loose items are required to be in a sealed bag.
     
  3. Larger items that cannot be adequately secured and stored are considered to be hazardous to riders on the bus. They could seriously harm someone in the event of sudden acceleration or a collision of the bus. According to Alberta Transportation and the National Safety Code Standard 10, large unsecured items are not permitted, and must be transported in a separate vehicle.
     
  4. Skates and skateboards are permitted as long as they are in a sealed bag meeting the above dimensions.
     
  5. Hockey and ringette sticks, snowboards, toboggans, scooters, longboard skateboards, or large items which may interfere with safety and comfort of any student on the bus will NOT be allowed.
     
  6. Musical instruments no larger than the above dimensions shall be kept on the lap of student.

    Examples of musical instruments which are permitted on the school bus include:
    flute, piccolo, clarinet, oboe, trumpet, alto sax, bass clarinet, trumpet, bassoon and trombone.

    Examples of instruments NOT permitted on the school bus include:
    tuba, sousaphone, baritone, guitars, drums, French horn, tenor sax, baritone sax and bass trombone.

If parents have any questions, please contact Transportation Services at 780-963-8452.

Responsibilities of the Parents

  1. Parents are responsible to see that their children are properly dressed for the prevailing or anticipated weather conditions. The temperatures on a school bus can drop dramatically in the event of mechanical problems.
     
  2. Since the bus operator is normally responsible to take home each child he picks up in the morning, a note from the parents is expected when they plan to take the child from school during the day.
     
  3. Students will not be not dropped off at a location other than their normal drop-off spot unless a note from the parents has been given to the bus operator requesting the students be dropped off at another bus stop.
     
  4. If a student is causing a problem on the bus, the parents are expected to assist the principal of the school and the bus operator in correcting the problem.
     
  5. Parents are requested to notify the bus operator when they will no longer require bus service. If a family is moving to another location in the School Division, the School Division must be notified so that new agreements for bus service can be made.

Responsibilities of the Bus Operator

Bus operators must comply with all applicable Parkland School Division procedures, National Safety Code and the Highway Traffic Act.
 

For more information contact:
Transportation Services
4603-48 Street 
Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8
Phone: 780-963-8452
Email: Transportation@psd70.ab.ca