Bus Safety Rules for Students

  • Students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely if they take the school bus instead of a car. That makes a school bus the safest form of transportation for getting to and from school. Students can help Queensbury schools ensure their safe transportation each day by following these guidelines.

    1. Stay out of the danger zone.
      The danger zone is a space all around the school bus. It extends out 15 feet. The school bus driver may not be able to see you in this zone. If you drop something in this area, leave it and tell an adult.
    2. Arrive at the bus stop five minutes early.
      Get to your bus stop five minutes prior to your scheduled pick up time. Dress appropriately for the weather, and wear bright colors to improve visibility for drivers. Follow these general safety practices:
      • While waiting for the bus:
        • Stand in a safe place at the side of the road.
        • Behave in a quiet and orderly manner. Playing or roughhousing around the bus stop could cause someone to get hurt.
      • While boarding the bus:
        • Get on the bus in single file, holding onto the handrail.
        • Be polite.
        • Don’t push or shove.
      • While getting off the bus:
        • Get off the bus in single file.
        • Don’t push or shove.
        • Stop and listen.
        • Look right, left, and right again before leaving the last bus step.
        • Take 10 giant steps away from the bus.
        • Stay away from the bus as you head home.
      • If you have to cross the road, walk to the front of the bus - never cross behind a bus - and follow these steps:
        • Look at the driver. Make sure the driver sees you.
        • Wait for the driver to signal you when it is safe to cross.
        • To be sure it is safe, stop at the edge of the bus looking right, left and right again, making sure there are no vehicles coming.
        • Walk, don’t run, to the other side of the road.
        • Stay out of the danger zone.
        • If at any time the driver blows the horn, return to the side of the road you started at.
    3. Do not try to reboard a bus after you leave it.
      Once you have left the bus, never try to re-board the bus. If you have left something on the bus, have your parents call the Transportation Department. We will look for it and return it to your school’s lost and found area.
    4. Keep your personal belongings in a backpack or book bag.
      Carry all of your belongings in a backpack or book bag to avoid the possibility of dropping articles that might end up under the bus. Tote bags, book bags, jackets and hoods should be free of any dangling articles, long straps, drawstrings and key chains that may get tangled in the bus doors. Such items also may hit other students in the face as you maneuver through the bus to your seat.
    5. Classroom behavior is the expectation for the school bus.
      The school bus as an extension of the classroom. Follow the same guidelines for behavior on the way to and from school as you do while at school. Remain seated at all times until the bus comes to a complete stop and the driver releases you to disembark.
Three school buses with their doors open