Familiarize your child with his/her bus stop.
Be sure your child arrives at the stop at least five minutes before the scheduled time. If the bus is consistently late or early, call the transportation department.
Behavior at the bus stop should be the same as on the bus and in the classroom: courteous and restrained. Students should wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before either approaching it in the morning, or standing to disembark in the afternoon.
Stress the importance of remaining seated and reasonably quiet while the bus is in motion. Point out that distracting the driver can be dangerous for everyone.
And don't forget seat belts! The driver reminds children to "buckle up" every day-but the most effective seat belt training happens at home.
Be sure your child knows the proper road-crossing procedure (I.e., make eye-contact with driver and wait for driver's signal to cross). Also, please instruct your child to cross in front of the bus (not behind it) and to move away from the bus quickly after exiting (DO NOT return or stop for dropped items!!! Wait until the bus has driven away before retrieving anything.)
Use book bags or knapsacks to carry loose things. Be sure, however, that the bag or knapsack is small enough to fit comfortably on your child's lap. Large items are not allowed on the bus (NY State Dept of Trans. Regulations). Also not allowed on the bus: animals, dangerous objects (weapons, lighted matches, etc.), open food and/or beverage containers.
Be aware that eating and/or drinking is absolutely prohibited on the school bus. Be sure that lunches and snacks are securely packed.
Be sure that jackets and bags have all drawstrings and the like removed. Although all bus handrails have been inspected for resistance to "catching" drawstrings, removal of such things from clothing provides the greatest measure of safety.
Reflective tape on jackets, hats, or knapsacks is a good precaution during inclement weather.
Discuss the safety hazards involved in throwing anything out of windows or putting arms/heads out of windows.
Be advised that any and all changes to the routing (time, stop location, sequence, etc.) can only be made by the Transportation Office ONLY ON A PERMANENT ANNUAL BASIS. Drivers are not allowed to alter their routes without prior approval from the Transportation Department.
BE SURE TO CONTACT the Transportation Department if your child is going to school but NOT taking the bus in the morning. Otherwise we will assume your child is absent for the day and we will not send a bus to the school in the afternoon, unless other students need to be picked up at that school.
Also, please be sure to notify the Transportation Department at email@example.com regarding any change of address, contact information or withdrawal from school.
Thank you for supporting the Mamaroneck School District's policies/procedures in these matters. They are in place to insure your child's safety.