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School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is getting on and off the bus. Learning good bus riding habits can help keep students safe. Bellevue school bus drivers will review safety tips with students on their school buses. Watch the videos below for more important school bus safety tips from our drivers.

Getting On the Bus

  • Arrive to the bus stop five minutes early.
  • Never run for the bus.
  • Wait in line 10 feet away from where the bus stops.
  • Wait until the bus stops and the doors open before approaching the bus.

Getting Off the Bus

  • Wait until the bus is stopped and the door is open before standing up.
  • Wait for the bus driver signal before crossing and look both ways before crossing. Watch for traffic!
  • Walk in front of the bus; never walk behind the bus.

Stay Safe, Stay Seated

  • Sitting down on the bus is equivalent to wearing a seat belt in a car.
  • If you stand up, it is like taking your seat belt off.
  • Stay in your seat and talk quietly so the driver is not distracted. Only change seats with the permission.

The Danger Zone

  • The danger zone is 10 feet around the outside of the bus.
  • It can be hard for the bus driver to see you inside of this area.
  • If something falls under or near the bus, tell the bus driver. NEVER try to pick it up yourself.

Be Prepared

  • Keep books and bags on your lap and out of the aisle.
  • Before you reach your stop, get ready to leave by getting your books and belongings together.
  • Know your bus stop location and do not get off at any other bus stop without permission.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.