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Bus Safety & Conduct

Did you know that nationwide, every school day, approximately 450,000 yellow school buses transport more than 24 million children to and from school and school-related activities?
Please help keep our children safe by reviewing the following safety tips for students, parents and motorists:

For students:

  • Be alert to traffic. Check both ways for cars before stepping off the bus.
  • Make eye contact with the bus driver and wait for the bus driver’s signal before crossing the street.
  • Walk in front of the bus; never walk behind the bus to cross the street.
  • While waiting for the bus, stay in a safe place away from the street.
  • Before leaving the sidewalk, look for the flashing red lights.

For Parents:

  • Have your child wear bright, contrasting colors.
  • There is safety in numbers and groups are easier for drivers to see.
  • Don't let your child play running games or push & shove at bus stops.
  • Have a conversation with your child about traffic danger
  • Make sure your child stands at least 10 feet (5 giant steps) from the road.


Rules Governing Pupils Riding School Busses (OAR 581-053-0010)

  1. Students being transported are under authority of the bus driver;
  2. Fighting, wrestling or boisterous activity is prohibited on the bus;
  3. Students will use the emergency door only in case of emergency;
  4. Students will be on time for the bus, both morning and evening;
  5. Students will not bring firearms, weapons or other potentially hazardous material on the bus;
  6. Students will not bring animals, except approved assistance guide animals, on the bus;
  7. Students will remain seated while bus is in motion;
  8. Students may be assigned seats by the bus driver;
  9. When necessary to cross the road, students will cross in front of the bus or as instructed by the bus driver;
  10. Students will not extend their hands, arms or heads or objects through bus windows;
  11. Students will have written permission to leave the bus other than for home or school;
  12. Students will converse in normal tones; loud or vulgar language is prohibited;
  13. Students will not open or close windows without permission of the driver;
  14. Students will keep the bus clean and must refrain from damaging it;
  15. Students will be courteous to the driver, fellow students and passersby;
  16. Students who refuse to promptly obey the directions of the driver or refuse to obey regulations may forfeit their privilege to ride on the buses.

North Wasco County School District Transportation

Code of Conduct:

While riding a school bus, students will:
1. Obey the driver at all times;
2. Not throw objects;
*3. Not have in their possession any weapon as defined by Board policy JFCJ - Weapons in the Schools;
*4. Not fight, wrestle or scuffle;
*5. Not stand up and/or move from seats while the bus is in motion;
*6. Not extend hands, head, feet or objects from windows or doors;
*7. Not possess matches or other incendiaries and concussion devices;
*8. Use emergency exits only as directed by the driver;
*9. Not damage school property or the personal property of others;
*10. Not threaten or physically harm the driver or other riders;
*11. Not do any disruptive activity which might cause the driver to stop in order to reestablish order;
*12. Not make disrespectful or obscene statements;
*13. Not possess and/or use tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs;
 14. Not eat or chew gum;
 15. Not carry glass containers or other glass objects;
 16. Not take onto the bus skateboards, musical instruments or other large objects which might pose safety risks or barriers to safe entry and exit from the bus;
 17. Accept assigned seats;
 18. Stay away from the bus when it is moving;
 19. Be at the bus stop five minutes before the scheduled pick up time (schedules will be posted on all buses);
* These regulations, if broken, are SEVERE violations with severe consequences because of the threat to the safety of others. Students who violate bus rules of conduct may be denied the use of district transportation.

Video Cameras on Transportation Vehicles 

As part of our district's ongoing commitment to ensuring the health, welfare, and safety of all those riding buses, school transportation vehicles have cameras on buses transporting students to and from school and extracurricular activities. Maintenance of video records and requests to view records will be in accordance with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and district policy ECAC.