Role of Parents

Parental Responsibility

Parents Play an Important Role in Safety

Danger Zone

Keeping kids safe on the school bus is a community effort. Safety and acceptable student conduct is developed through cooperative efforts of principals, parents, students, and bus drivers. Parents can help by teaching their children bus stop safety and by being supportive of transportation policies.

  • Help teach students of the "DANGER ZONES" around a school bus (10 feet all around the bus). In these danger areas, drivers may not see students!
  • Please don't wave your child to cross the street when getting off the bus. Our students are trained to wait for a hand signal from the driver before crossing the street. We appreciate parents allowing their child to wait until the driver give the signal that it's all clear. 
  • Never walk behind or next to a bus. If an item is dropped near the bus, inform the driver and/or wait until the bus has departed before picking the item up.
  • Parents, we encourage you to meet your driver and know your child's bus number. Communication is key to safety!
  • Please call the NACS Transportation Center at 637-6165 if your child will not be riding for an extended period of time.
  • Make sure your children know their full name, address and phone number. It helps to have it on a card inside their book bag.
  • Make sure the student is properly dressed for the weather conditions. Attach reflective tape to their jackets or book bags when walking in the dark.
  • Please write your student's name on his/her belongings. 
  • Avoid sending your student too soon or too late to the bus stop.
  • Escort students who are not familiar with the bus stop until they know the way and understand bus stop safety procedures.
  • Group bus stops are placed in centralized locations that can be safely accessed by all students. This may mean that your child must cross the street before or after the bus departs. If you have concerns about your student's safety, you are encouraged to accompany the student to the bus stop or arrange a neighborhood buddy to walk with your student.
  • Articles too large to be held on the student's lap will be prohibited on the bus.
  • If a student has permission to ride a bus other than their assigned bus, the student must provide a note signed by parent to his/her school administrator on the day he/she wants to ride the alternate bus. If the note has not been signed by the school administrator the student will not be permitted to ride the alternate bus. If the bus they are requesting to ride is too full to accommodate additional students, the request will be denied. NOTE: During the 2021-2022 school year, students may not ride home with friends on a different bus due to transportation related Covid protocols. 
  • It is always helpful with rural students who don't ride every day to have some type of signal for the driver if they need picked up. Suggestions to consider: a porch light, garage door open, or some other light the driver can see in the darkness to alert them the student is riding that day.
  • We request that students who live on heavily traveled roads (Lima, Coldwater, Carroll, Tonkel, etc...) please call the Transportation Center if they are not riding.
  • Please talk to your student about the dangers of driver distraction. The school bus is a roaming classroom and all school rules apply on the bus. Our drivers often transport twice as many students as a typical classroom. In an effort to help our drivers keep their attention on the road, we do expect excellent behavior on the bus.
  • The number one leading cause of bus accidents are distractions to the bus drivers. All students must conduct themselves in an orderly manner so that drivers can concentrate on safely operating the bus at all times. When a student becomes involved in behavior that is distracting, it jeopardizes the safety of those on the bus. The severity of the violation will determine the course of action taken.