Did you know that students are about 50 times more likely to arrive at school alive on a school bus than if they drive themselves or ride with friends? The safety record of school buses is also far superior to that of passenger vehicles, regardless of the age of the driver. According to the American School Bus Council, based on research from several federal studies, travel by school bus is THE safest way for students to get to and from school.
When your child rides the school bus to school it is important to ensure they conduct themselves properly. If your child is misbehaving it may not only create a safety hazard, but it can also lead to the removal of their bus privileges.
Students must understand that the bus driver is in charge of them while they are on the bus and parents expect them to respect the bus driver and comply with any rules that the bus driver sets fourth.
Explain to your child the importance of staying seated in their seat and not getting up until the bus has stopped moving. Standing in your seat, getting up before the bus has stopped or moving around from seat to seat are all prohibited and dangerous. This is not only distracting to the driver, but it can lead to injury of your child as well.
Explaining the importance of common courtesy and respect to the driver ensures your child’s safety and can save you a big headache when you have to drive them to school because their riding privileges have been suspended.
Meet the Bus Drivers
Doug Maser Geise & Pine Lake - bus 17
Doug has been a lifelong resident of Hinckley and has driven for the district since 1990. He works as a realtor and serves the community through the Lions Club and as an auctioneer. He is happily married and has two children in the school system.