Riding the Bus

The Responsible, Respectful, and Safe way!!

Positive Behaviors We Want to See on the Bus

Roles and Responsibilities

Drivers Attendants Students

Greet students Greet students Greet driver/attendant

Drive Safely Active Supervision Ride safely

Attentive listening Attentive listening Exit the bus promptly

Driver: Greet students, drive, use attentive listening

Attendant: Greet students, Actively monitor students, reinforce bus expectations

Students: Greet driver & attendant, be safe and respectful rider, exit bus

Basic Principles of Bus Behavior

  • Bus transportation is a privilege, not a right

  • Students riding yellow school buses are subject to discipline in accordance with the Behavior Education Plan (BEP)

  • The approach to bus behavior is the same as the BEP’s general approach to discipline - one that helps students learn positive behaviors and repair harm when negative behavior occurs

Remember riding the bus is a privilege that students have as a way to get to school and go on field trips. The school bus is a mobile classroom and the Behavior Education Plan expectations are the same there as they are in the school building. The driver and attendants will give you reminders and redirect if needed.

Before you get on the Bus

-Stay away from curb and off the road

-Stay at your bus stop

-Wait for the bus to STOP, then get on.

Remember the bus stop is not a playground. There should not be chasing or tag games.

On the Bus

-Greet the bus driver and attendant

-Get on one at a time

-Sit down right away

(Face forward, with your seat on the seat and your back on the back of the seat and your feet on or toward the floor)

-Keep the aisle clear

Most of the time you will get to choose your seat. If you are not making safe choices a seat will be assigned to you.

Riding the Bus

-Stay seated until the bus stops

-Use respectful words to solve problems

-Use a level 1 or 2 voice

-Keep all your belongings to oneself

-Follow all adult directions

Sitting safely on the bus is your most important job

Exiting the Bus

-Take turns leaving your seat

-Wait for the driver’s signal to cross the road

-Go only where you are supposed to go

This is not a time for pushing, shoving, or grabbing others belongings.

Remember on the bus...

  • Keep your head, hands, and arms inside the bus and to yourself
  • Be respectful of others space and keep the aisle clear
  • Keep all food and drinks in your backpack while on the bus
  • Cell phones may be used appropriately (no pictures or recording)
  • Participate in all bus evacuations

If an adult asks you to silence your phone or to move your screen so that the light does not flash at the driving then you need to do so. You may not be looking over, behind or across the seats to see someone’s phone.

If there are unsafe behaviors on the bus:

The driver/attendant will give you a reminder or warning to fix your choices.

Then they will say:

“If this behavior continues, I will have to inform your principal”

This is not a threat. It is a way to let you know that your choices are below the line and you have not fixed them. Your principal or another adult at your school will talk with you about your choices and notify your family.

What can you do if you need support

If you ever feel unsafe on the bus, please talk with:

  • the attendant
  • the driver
  • any adult at school
  • your family

Can Students Lose Bus Privileges?

  • Yes, anytime they engage in behavior that does not align with the Behavior Education Plan as well as for behaviors that are unsafe on the bus in particular

  • This includes extending your head, arms or hands out of the windows and moving about in the vehicle while it is in motion.

  • It is ultimately up to the principal to decide if or when to deny bus privileges

Incident #

Bus Consequence


First Incident

Optional: may establish an assigned seat; move students to a different bus stop, or other actions as needed.

Discuss appropriate behavior with student and parent(s)/guardian(s) and forward them a copy of the incident report.

Optional: restorative approach; repair property damage; other interventions as appropriate.

Second Incident

Same options as above

Students may be suspended from transportation

If a student is suspended from transportation, it should be for no more than three days

See above.

Third Incident

Same options as above

Students may be suspended from transportation

If a student is suspended from transportation, it should be for no more than seven days

See above.

Parent(s)/guardian(s) must be notified in writing of their right to appeal.

Use template letter on BEP website.

Fourth + Incident

Same as above

Continued refusal to abide by established rules may result in suspension of bus riding privileges for the remainder of the school year

See above.

That is how you

Ride the Bus

The Responsible, Respectful, and Safe way!!

K-5 MMSD Yellow Bus Student Lesson - Google Slides