Bus Safety and Expectations

Family’s Responsibilities

It is the families’ responsibility to make sure their children get to the stop, follow all bus, and review the safety and behavior expectations found on this Transportation webpages.

  • USE ParentVue to indicate an alternate in-zone address (i.e. daycare provider) and mode of transportation (i.e. Bus, Car, Daycare Van, Parent, Private Placement, Walk).  This will increase the Transportation Department’s ability to accurately and efficiently load buses. Alternative Addresses Information and Directions
  • Know where your child’s bus stop is prior to school beginning.  Stops have and will change. See e-Link on Transportation Main Page to locate your designated stop.
  • Stand with and pick up your PreK- Kindergarten at the  bus stop. PreK- Kindergarten students will be returned to the school in the event a designated individual is not at the assigned bus stop to collect the student.  At the discretion of the driver, older students may be taken back to the school if deemed necessary. 
  • Review the procedures for temporary changes to busing arrangements:  Students who plan to use transportation other than their regular bus, or load or unload at a stop other than their regular stop, must have written parental permission and receive prior written approval from the appropriate school official.  Documentation of the school’s approval must be presented to the bus driver (see your school’s procedures). Final approval is obtained from the transportation department based on bus capacity. 
  • Emphasize that the bus should be considered an extension of the classroom.
  • Explain that riding the bus is a privilege that can be taken away if students do not obey the rules.
  • Review the rules and expectations that have been established to increase the safety of all students riding the bus. When the driver’s attention is distracted from the road, this increases the chances of an accident or injury.
  • Teach your children about school bus safety. Ask questions to determine their comprehension. Young children learn through repetition.
  • Wait to meet your child on the side where the child is discharged. Children eager to greet their parents may disregard their safety training.
  • Recognize the bus drivers for performing their jobs safely.
  • Review the Chesterfield County Public Schools Code of Conduct which also applies at bus stops and on school/ activity buses.
  • Students will only be transported to their designated stop(s).  For example, students will not be allowed to ride home with a friend, and notes from schools/parents asking that a student be transported to a non-designated stop will not be honored.
  • The target capacity is one student per seat.  It may be necessary at times for parents to transport students.
  • Know the days on which your student will attend school and will need transportation to school.
  • People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19.  Conduct a health check of all children before they leave home to ride the bus.  Children with the following symptoms should not be sent to the bus stop:
    • Fever or chills: Persons who have a fever of 100.40 (38.00C) 
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • This list does not include all possible symptoms, and the CDC will continue to update this list as more is learned.

Students' Responsibilities

Before Loading the Bus

Students will: 

  • Walk to the bus and never run.
  • Arrive at least 5 minutes before the time listed and 10 minutes earlier during the first week of school.
  • Stay at least 10 feet away from the roadway while waiting for the bus. 
  • Stay at least 10 feet away from a moving bus and wait until the bus stops before approaching it.
  • Wait for the thumbs up signal from the driver if crossing the road is necessary to board the bus.
  • Line up and wait their turn to board the bus (no pushing/ shoving).
  • Only be picked up at their designated bus stops.

While on the Bus 

Students will: 

  • Respect the bus driver, other students, property, and themselves.
  • Obey the bus driver’s instructions/directions the first time given.
  • Keep hands/feet off other people and their property.
  • Sit facing forward while the bus is in motion.
  • Keep the aisle in the bus clear.
  • Keep all parts of your body inside the bus.
  • Keep arms, legs, and belongings to yourself.
  • Speak only to those around them in conversational (inside) voices using respectful words.
  • Share the seat with others.
  • Place bookbags under the bus seat or hold them in your lap.
  • Place trash in the wastebasket.
  • Communicate any problems or conflicts with the bus driver.
  • Use cell phones for personal entertainment/ communication and may not use photo, video, and audio functionality. 
  • Never tamper with any emergency equipment or damage the bus
  • Never throw objects.
  • Never eat, drink, litter or use alcohol, tobacco or drugs.
  • Never bring any weapons, dangerous objects, or weapon replicas on the school bus.
  •  Vandalizing a school bus may result in restitution, loss of riding privileges, suspension from school and/or legal prosecution.
  • Maintain 6’ of separation between others at the stop; the safest way to accomplish this may be to line-up along the sidewalk or curbside.
  • Wear face covering at the bus stop.

After Leaving the Bus

Students will: 

  • Walk away from the bus immediately after getting off.
  • Wait for the driver’s thumbs up signal before crossing in front of the bus.
  • Maintain a 10-foot separation between themselves and the bus.
  • Only be dropped off at their designated bus stops unless approved through the processes established at the student’s school.
  • Never walk behind the bus.
  • Never crawl underneath a school bus.  If you drop something, tell the driver and he or she will tell you what to do.
  • Fill seats from the back to the front (Pre-K and kindergarten students will be seated in designated front seats).
  • Sit staggered in the seats (window side/ aisle side)
  • Siblings should enter the bus together and sit together up to two per seat.
  • Wear face covering at all times on the bus.
  • Wait until instructed to disembark.
  • Follow the directions of school staff regarding entry into the school.