Welcome to the Transportation Department!
Below you will find all of the information you will need concerning busing at RSU 18.
Bus Safety at RSU 18
When your child needs to ride a different bus than they normally do, a bus pass will be issued from the school secretary. In order for this to take place a note from the parents/guardians should be sent with the student with the information to the school secretary. Please do not send a note with your child to the bus driver. We have listed the following information that would be helpful for us to make sure that your child gets onto the correct bus.
Date: This should be the date that your child needs to ride a different bus.
Students Name: Please make sure you include your childâ€™s name on the note.
Destination Name: This should be the name of where the child is going.
Address and/or Directions: This is as important part of the note as any other part and quite frequently forgotten. It is important to be specific with a road name, mail box number, and any type of land mark that may be useful. If another child already goes to the stop, the name of the child would be helpful.
Destination Phone #: If you have the phone number where your child is going it would be helpful.
If you have the bus number or driver name, that would also be helpful but if youâ€™re not sure, we will place them on the proper bus with the information provided above.
It is our hope that your child will have a pleasurable experience riding the school bus. With the information mentioned above we should be able to insure this.
The bus driver may assign seats.Be courteous.No profanity.Do not eat or drink on the bus; Keep the bus clean.Violence is prohibited.Remain seated.No smoking.Keep your hands and head inside the bus.
DO NOT destroy property.
For your own safety, DO NOT distract the driver through misbehavior.
Always obey the bus driver.
If someone bothers you on the bus, tell the driver right away.
If you need to talk to the bus driver, wait for the bus to stop, raise your hand, and call the driverâ€™s name. If you can wait until your unloading ask the driver as you get off the bus to speak to him/her.
As parents, you are an important part of a total safety program for children who travel by school bus. Children need to learn to be safe pedestrains as they walk to and from the bus as well as to be safe riders when they are on the bus. Hereâ€™s how we can help!
Getting ready for School
Have your children put everything they carry in a backpack or school bag so they wonâ€™t drop things along the way.
Have them wear bright, contrasting colors so they will be more easily seen by drivers.
If there is no sidewalk, stay out of the street.
If you must walk in the street, walk in single file, face traffic and stay as close to the edge of the road as you can.
Stop and look left, right and then left again if you must cross the street. Do the same thing at driveways and alleys. Exaggerate your head turns and narrate your actions so your child knows you are looking left, right and left.
Waiting at the Bus Stop
Donâ€™t let your child play running games or push and shove at the bus stop. It is too dangerous near traffic.
Make sure your child stands at least 10 feet ( 5 giant steps ) from the road while waiting for the bus. The child will then be out of the way of traffic. Have younger children practice taking 5 giant steps to become familiar with the 10 feet rule.
Make sure they leave home on time so they can walk to the bus stop and arrive before the bus is due. Running can be dangerous.
Walking to the Bus Stop
Go to the bus stop with a young child and have older children walk in groups. There is safety in numbers because groups are easier for drivers to see.
Donâ€™t let pre-school children or pets go with your child to the bus stop. They can be in danger near traffic.
Practice good pedestrian behavior.
Walk on the sidewalks.
Getting on and off the Bus
Make children stay at least 10 feet away from the bus until they begin to enter. Children will then be able to see the driver and the driver can see them.
If the children must cross the street to the bus they should cross 10 feet (5 giant steps) in front of the bus where can see the driver and the driver can see them.
Have your child make eye contact with the bus driver before starting to cross the road, and the driver should motion the child across by an affirmative nod of the head.
Warn the children that, if they drop something, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driverâ€™s instructions. If they bend over to pick up a dropped object, they might not be seen by the driver and could be hurt if the driver pulls away from the stop.
Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus. Drivers in a hurry sometimes try to sneak by busses on the right.
Teach your children to secure loose drawstrings and other objects that may get caught in the handrail or door of the bus as they are exiting.
Give your child a note to be given to the secretary at the school if your child needs to get off at a stop other than the one assigned. The driver isnâ€™t allowed to let a child off at another stop without written permission.
If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off. Not across the street. Children can be so excited at seeing you after school that they dash across the street and forget the safety rules.
Riding the Bus
Remind your children to be good bus riders. They should:
Be courteous to the driver and follow the driverâ€™s directions.
Keep the aisles clear.
Stay seated for the entire bus ride.
We want your children to be safe when they travel to and from school. As you help us with the above rules, we hope you will see that safety starts at home.
Walking to the Bus Stop
Always walk to the bus stop. Never run.
Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left facing traffic.
Always go to the bus stop about five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
While at the bus stop, wait quietly in a safe place well away from the road. Do not run and play while waiting.
Getting on and off the Bus
Enter the bus inline with younger students in front and hold the handrail while going up and down the stairs.
When entering the bus, go directly to your assigned seat. Remain seated and facing forward for the entire ride.
Always speak in a quiet whisper on the bus so the driver will not be distracted.
Never throw things on the bus or out the windows.
Keep the aisles clear at all times. Feet should be directly in front of you on the floor and book bags should be kept on your lap.
Never play with emergency exits. IF there is an emergency, listen to the driver and follow instructions.
Large instruments or sports equipment should not block the aisle or emergency exits.
Remain seated until the bus stops completely.
Always be silent when the bus comes to a railroad crossing so the driver can hear if there is a train.
Hands should be kept to yourself at all times while riding on the bus. Fighting and picking on others creates a dangerous bus ride.
When it is necessary to cross the street, wait for the bus to arrive, watch for red flashing lights and the stop sign to be extended, and cross only when all traffic has stopped. Look left, right, and left again before crossing.
Only get on and off the bus at your designated stop. If you need to get off the bus somewhere else, you will need a note from the school office.
IF you leave something on the bus, never return to the bus to get it. The driver may not see you come back, and he/she may begin moving the bus.
Always make sure that drawstrings and other loose objects are secure before getting off the bus so that they do not get caught on the handrail or the door.
Respect the â€śDANGER ZONEâ€ť which surrounds all sides of the bus.
The â€śDANGER ZONEâ€ť is ten feet wide on all sides of the bus.
Always remain 10 steps away from the bus to be out of the â€śDANGER ZONEâ€ť and where the driver can see you.
Always cross the street in front of the bus. Never go behind the bus.
If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver before you attempt to pick it up, so he/she will know where you are.
Never speak to strangers at the bus stop, and never get into a car with a stranger. Always go straight home and tell your parents if a stranger tries to talk to you or pick you up.
Once you get off the bus in the afternoon, go straight home so an adult will know where you are.