Our top priority is student safety. You can help ensure the safety of all passengers by teaching your child the importance of following pedestrian and bus safety rules at all times.
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
Is your child new to riding the bus? Watch our new school bus safety video and feel prepared before they hop on board for the first time. Learn more about boarding the bus, danger zones, crosswalks and riding the bus.
Waiting for the yellow bus
When waiting for the yellow bus, students should:
arrive 5 minutes prior to the bus pick up time
respect the private property and keep noise to a minimum
wait for the bus at a safe place away from the road
line up in an orderly fashion before loading the bus
wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching and boarding
ensure that belongings are ready for loading and storage
avoid the danger zone (three metres in all directions)
Getting on and off the yellow bus
When getting on and off the yellow bus, students should:
wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before standing up
use the handrail and climb one stair at a time
show the bus driver their bus pass
tell an adult or the driver if they drop something outside of the bus
take five giant steps away from the bus to get out of the danger zone
only exit the bus through the front door
Crosswalks, danger zones and blind spots
The danger zone is the three metre area around the yellow bus where the driver cannot see or has limited vision. Students are probably within the danger zone and too close to the bus if they:
can touch the bus
can’t see the driver
Enhanced signage, road markings and crossing lights make crosswalks the safest way to cross the road, but teach your child to never cross the street in front of a bus. If a student is using a crosswalk after getting off the bus, they should:
avoid the blind spots created by the three-metre danger zone around the school bus
wait for the bus to pull safely away
walk to the nearest intersection
wait for vehicles to stop and safely cross the street.
If you have concerns about roads, signage or traffic controls, contact Student Transportation.
Yellow bus warning lights and mechanical arms
Traffic laws restrict the use of certain yellow bus warning lights and mechanical stopping arms in urban settings. Within the urban areas of the Edmonton, there are very few areas where using these devices is allowed by law.
Safety in rural areas
On designated roads with speed limits of more than 50 kilometers per hour, yellow bus drivers may use the eight-light warning system on the bus to stop traffic when students are getting on or off the bus.
Students may have to cross at private lanes. Upon the instruction of the bus driver, students should cross in front of the bus at least five meters (15 feet) from the bus.
Riding the bus
When riding the yellow bus, students should:
remain seated and face forward
speak quietly and politely
obey the driver’s instructions as they would obey the principal
treat fellow riders with respect and courtesy
keep body and baggage out of the aisle
keep personal items (books, sports equipment, electronics, etc.) enclosed within a backpack
never put any object or body part out of a window
avoid wearing hazards such as loose clothing, scarves and drawstrings
not eat or drink on the bus
not throw objects on the bus or at the bus.
School Bus Evacuation Drills
School bus evacuation drills are critical in ensuring that students are familiar with how to exit the bus quickly and safely in an emergency. All bus drivers must conduct at least two evacuation drills per school year. The first drill is to be completed on or before November 30 and the second on or before April 30. For more information about school bus evacuation drills, contact your child’s school.
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