School Bus Safety Rules
- Go directly from the bus stop.
- Plan the safest route with the fewest streets to cross.
- If possible cross streets and corners, using crosswalks if
available. Look in all directions before crossing and when safe
walk across the street. Always obey traffic signals.
- Watch for vehicles that might be making a turn.
- Do not dart from between parked cars or shrubbery.
- Never accept a ride from a stranger.
- If possible, face traffic when walking on roads without
sidewalks and always use caution.
- Be extra careful during times of sunrise and sunset, bad
weather and during darkness (wear white clothing or something
- Leave home early enough so you don’t have to run.
- Arrive at the bus stop a minimum of five (5) minutes before
the bus is scheduled to arrive. Use only his/her appropriate bus
- School Buses are an extension of the classroom and cell
phones are not permitted. All cellphones must be shut off in a
pocket or backpack at all times.
- Arrange for the transport of live animals, insects or
reptiles to or from school by other means than on the bus.
- May not transport hazardous or destructive objects of any
kinds such as firearms, weapons, glass objects or containers,
explosives, sharp or pointed objects, skate boards, or ball bats.
- Respect the rights and property of others on the bus and at
the bus stop.
- No fighting or rough play while at the bus stop, on the bus,
or when getting on or off the bus.
- Always enter and leave the bus through the entrance door
except in emergencies.
- Remain quiet at railroad crossings. Keep all parts of the
body inside the bus.
- Keep windows closed unless otherwise instructed by the bus
- Not use profane language, obscene gestures, create excessive,
or unnecessary noise.
- Not damage or deface any part of the bus, tamper with the
radio, bus controls, emergency exits or other equipment, shoot at
or throw away objects inside or outside of the bus, or in any way
endanger the safety of others.
- Help keep the bus safe and free from litter by not eating,
drinking, or smoking on the bus.
- Shall be courteous and respectful to the bus driver, other
students, and passers-by at all times.
- Follow the request of the bus driver, give proper
identification when requested (required).
- Give the school administration a written request when leaving
the bus at other than the student’s appropriate bus stop. The
request must be signed by the parent or guardian and approved by
the principal/site administrator prior to bus stop change.
- Always cross in front of the bus when it is necessary to
cross the street.
Conduct at School Bus Loading Zone & Bus Stops
- Stand in lines or a group facing traffic so you can see the
bus approaching. Stand back 12 feet from where the bus will stop.
Do not approach the bus until the driver opens the bus door.
- When loading at a school, follow the directions of the driver
and/or teacher on bus duty. Stand back the required 12 feet until
the bus driver opens the bus door. Remember, there may be several
buses to watch out for, not just your own.
- Never go under any bus to retrieve something you’ve dropped.
Ask the driver or teacher to assist.
- Never run to a bus, always walk.
- Destroying property, playing in or running across the street
or any type of horseplay at a bus stop is dangerous and
- Do not bring pets or animals to a bus stop.
- When the bus is stopped to load or unload, the students are
the direct responsibility of the bus driver and the driver’s
directions must be followed.
- School buses can only stop at designated bus stops. If you
miss the bus, have mom or dad take you to another bus stop or
directly to school and remember never run after your bus once it
- When waiting for the bus in a car, be sure your car is not
parked in the bus loading/unloading zone/
When Crossing the Streets
- Sacramento City Unified School District bus drivers cross all
students – kindergarten through 6th grade who need to go across
the street as they depart the bus. Be sure to tell your bus
driver that you cross the street, so he or she can safely prepare
the bus for the crossing procedure.
- The bus driver is always the first person off the bus. The
driver needs to activate the bus “Red Lights” that flash on the
outside of the bus to warn cars to stop for children crossing the
- Once your driver is off the bus, you can walk down the bus
steps, and wait on the sidewalk, next to the bus, for your bus
driver to direct you to cross the street. Never go out into the
street without the bus driver telling you to do so!
- Always walk between the bus and the bus driver, as you cross
- Once you are on the other side of the street, stay on that
side of the street. Do not play in the street. Go directly home.