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School Bus Safety & Rules

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.

Any violation of these rules may result in a conduct citation or possibly a bus suspension. If you have any questions or comments, please call (425) 456-4576.

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Bus Danger Zone Diagram

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.
  • If you have to cross, wait for the driver signal.

  • Cross in front of the bus, never behind.

Getting Off the Bus

  • Wait until the bus is stopped and the door is open before standing up.
  • No pushing or shoving while unloading the bus.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

School Bus Rules

  • Remain seated at all times while the bus is moving

  • Keep the aisles clear

  • No food or drink allowed on the bus

  • Inside voices at all times

  • Classroom conduct at all times on the bus

  • No fighting/hitting on the bus

  • Keep your hands inside of the bus.

  • No bulling/harassing other students

  • No pushing or shoving while unloading

  • No spitting

  • No abusive or inappropriate language is allowed on the bus

  • Follow the directions of the bus driver

Additional Information

  • Students are not allowed to get off at another bus stop beside their assigned bus stop without permission. A signed note from a parent/guardian along with a school administrator signature, will be accepted. The note will only be good for that one time only.

  • Students who need to ride a different bus, must get authorization. This is contingent on space availability on the bus.

  • If you live inside the school transportation service area and want to permanently change bus stops, a Transportation Alternate Bus Route/Stop Request Form must be filled out and authorized before any stop changes can take effect.