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Transportation Safety Guidelines

Establishment of Bus Stop Locations

In developing bus stop locations, a number of factors are considered: 

  • Examining potential safety issues at the waiting/loading zone.
  • Visibility at the stop location for passing motorists.
  • Maintaining state-mandated distance for activation of the school bus 8-way warning lights and stop signs.
  • Because of the inherent danger in school buses backing up, bus routes and stop locations will be established to preclude the necessity of having buses back up.
  • Routes will be designated to avoid having our buses traveling into areas terminating at cul-de-sacs or dead-ends.
  • Buses will not be routed into developments where other vehicles or objects may block or hinder safe travel through the development.

Waiting for the Bus

Students should always be ready at their bus stops at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Changing weather and road conditions make it impossible for school buses to arrive at exactly the same time every morning. If your bus stop is visible from your house, make sure your student is waiting at the assigned bus stop prior to the bus arriving. Students should not wait inside their front doors, garages, etc. If your student misses the bus due to lateness it will be the parent’s responsibility to provide transportation.

Taking Another Bus Home

All students are expected to ride the buses to which they have been assigned, with limited exceptions. If your child wants to get off the bus with another student at a bus stop other than the one assigned, or go home on another bus, a note signed by the parent/guardian, given to and signed by the building principal must be given to the bus driver. To protect the safety and welfare of the students, alternate bus assignments are restricted by seat availability. 

Length of Bus Ride

Although the transportation department makes every attempt to minimize the length of time each student is on the bus, there are no time limits set by law or regulations. To be fiscally responsible, some bus runs may take longer than others because of the distance from the school. Some runs will have more students than others depending on your home’s location and the amount of students in your area.

Bus Conduct

All students must follow classroom conduct while riding the school bus. Bus referrals will continue to be the primary tool for use by the driver to report misconduct. These reports are forwarded to the building principal for disciplinary action.

Treat bus equipment as you would valuable furniture in your home. Damage to seats, windows and other parts of the bus is costly. The student responsible will pay for any damage. 

Kindergarten Students

In an effort to keep our Kindergarten students safe, it is the practice of the Garnet Valley School District not to release Kindergarten students off the bus unless a parent or other designated adult or sibling is in view of the driver. If no one is at the stop to receive the student, the student will be transported back to the school.

Transporting Musical Equipment and Other Large Items

Musical instruments, sports equipment, school projects and book bags must be able to fit on the student's lap. No item will be permitted to be in the aisle, behind the driver's seat, blocking any type of emergency exit or occupying a seat. Plan on driving your child if he/she has any large item that must be taken to or from school.


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