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Greater Essex County District School Board
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In order to determine whether your child is eligible for transportation, please check our Transportation Eligibility.

Please review this information with your child to encourage bus safety and watch a brief video on our First Ride page.

Rules for Getting on the Bus Safely

  1. Be at the stop 10 minutes prior to your scheduled pickup time as per board policy. Never run to or from the bus.
  2. Wait at the designated stop in a safe place well back from the side of the road.
  3. Remember the danger zone around the bus. The danger zone is anywhere close enough to the bus to touch it. The bus driver cannot see you when you are in the danger zone.
  4. If you cross the street to get on the bus: when the bus comes, wait until it has come to a complete stop. The bus driver will make sure that all the traffic stops. The stop arm will be out and the red lights will be flashing. Watch the driver. When the driver knows it is safe, he or she will signal you to cross, but watch for traffic yourself. Walk, don't run.
  5. Hold the hand rail as you get on the bus. Don't push or shove.

Rules for Safe School Bus Riding

  1. Take your seat promptly and sit properly, facing forward at all times.
  2. Hold bags and parcels in your lap. Do not stick your feet into the aisle, someone might trip.
  3. Keep your head and arms - everything - inside the bus. Don't throw anything out the windows or around the bus.
  4. Talk quietly. The driver must concentrate to drive the bus safely.
  5. Save snacks for snack time at school or until you get home. They may spill or you may choke if the bus goes over a big bump.
  6. No fighting, shouting or playing in or around the bus.
  7. Always follow the bus driver's instructions.

Rules for Leaving the Bus Safely

  1. When you leave the bus, hold the handrail and take two large steps away from the bus and ten large steps ahead of the bus.
  2. Cross only when the driver gives a signal. Cross the street in single file.
  3. If you drop something near the bus, don't pick it up. Tell the driver or another adult.
  4. If everyone is getting off the bus, the people at the front leave first. Do not push.
  5. Be familiar with the rules for emergencies.

Each year a First Bus Ride Program is available for your child to attend and understand the importance of bus safety.