Transportation Safety at American Leadership Academy

School Bus Rules

The Bus Driver’s job is to safely transport students to and from school. Because safety on the bus is the top priority, The Bus Driver is the authority on the school bus. In order to minimize distracted driving and ensure a safe ride, Students are required to obey the following rules. Failure to comply with school bus rules may result in disciplinary action, including suspension of bus riding privileges.

  1. The Driver is the authority on the bus
  2. Stay seated flat and facing forward while the bus is moving at all times. Bus isles must be clear at all times. Arms, legs, and objects are not to be in the isle at any time while bus is moving. Moving from seat to seat is not allowed.
  3. Listen to the drivers instructions.
  4. Keep noise at a minimum by using classroom voices.
  5. Discard trash in the school bus trash can when exiting the bus.
  6. Cell phone use is permitted with headphones only
  7. Cell phones may not be used in taking photos of any type on the school bus, due to privacy of students in the background who do not wish to be in the photos. Failure to follow this policy may result in confiscation of the student’s cell phone until they exit the bus at the end of the day. If this rule is repeatedly violated, the driver may confiscate the cell phone, and a parent or guardian will be required to pick up the phone from the transportation office.
  8.  Windows are to remain closed unless driver instructs otherwise. No part of the body is allowed outside of window when bus is moving.
  9. At no time should an object be thrown out of school bus windows. This will result in automatic suspension from the bus.
  10. ALA code of conduct at school will still be enforced while being transported on the school bus.  
  11. By State Law, there can be no eating on the bus, as this presents a choking hazard.
  12. No activating emergency exit or any other alarms on the bus. Failure to follow this rule will result in automatic suspension from the bus.

Proper Loading and Unloading Procedures

When waiting for the bus at a designated school bus stop, students shall practice the following safety rules.

  • Wait on the curb until the bus has come to a complete stop and the driver has opened the door
  • NEVER run up to the bus as it is approaching the bus stop or school loading zone. You could trip and fall in front of the bus and be run over.
  • Load the bus by waiting your turn in a single file line, entering one at a time.
  • As soon as you board the bus, take your assigned seat, sitting flat on your bottom facing forward.
  • If you must cross the street to board the bus, only do so after the bus driver has turned on the red flashing lights, the stop sign is extended, and the driver has motioned for you to cross the street.
  • ALWAYS cross in front of the bus where the driver can see you.
  • While the bus is one of the safest vehicles on the road, it has many blind spots or DANGER ZONES.

By following a few simple rules, you can stay out of the danger zones and stay safe.

Danger Zones

  • Rear half of the bus along the sides near the rear wheels.
  • On the left side of the bus due to passing traffic
  • In front of the bus closer than 10 feet (may be hard for driver to see you)
  • Rear of the bus – The driver may not be able to see you through his rear view mirror if you are closer than 15 to 20 feet behind the bus.