Chittenango Central School District
Safety Is Our First Priority
The safest mode of ground transportation is a school bus. The heavy duty construction and the frequent inspection of the vehicle ensure us that the school bus will give our children the safest ride to and from school. New York State has the safest School Bus drivers in the world and this is credited to the mandatory training, testing and driving reviews our drivers receive throughout each year. As a parent or guardian, you play an important role in your child’s safety as they travel to and from school.
Please remember you must update your childs daycare provider every year even if you have no changes with transportation and your child’s school building.
Chittenango Central School District’s Transportation Guidelines
Student Responsibilities/Parental Notes:
- At the Bus Stop: Be prepared 10 minutes before normal time; arrive at the bus stop five minutes early. If parents bring younger siblings to the bus stop, please ensure that they are kept under control. Stay back from the road at least 15 feet. Wait until the school bus doors are open before walking toward the bus. If your child must cross the street, wait for the drivers hand signal before doing so. The first few days of school, the bus driver will be working with your child to ensure they know the proper crossing procedures. Parents can help by explaining the procedures as you walk with them across the street. It’s important the children learn the proper crossing procedures so they can cross without the parents.
- Behavior: The Safety of not only your child but the entire bus could depend on your child’s behavior. A mischievous passenger can distract the driver’s attention from the busy highway or a crossing child. Driving a school bus can be a very challenging job. A school bus driver’s attention is focused on the outside of the bus. This is where the serious dangers are and anytime a driver’s attention is distracted, this creates a hazard. We ask for your support and understanding concerning your child’s behavior.
- Medication: If medication is sent to school, you should personally hand it to the driver; the driver will then personally hand over the medication to the school nurse.
- Seat Belts: Parents are asked to encourage their children to wear a seat belt. Currently there is no law or policy in New York State requiring that they must be worn.
- Students should be visible as the bus approaches the stop. Wait for the bus away from the road and, before moving towards the bus, wait for it to come to a complete stop.
- Follow proper crossing and discharge procedures when entering and exiting the bus.
- After boarding the bus, sit down in the first available seat so the bus can continue safely on its route. Remain seated during the entire ride.
- Be respectful of the property of others at the bus stop
- Do not throw anything inside or out of the bus.
- Keep the bus clean.
- Do not bring articles that create a hazard.
- Keep the aisle of the bus clear at all times; if you carry a musical instrument or school project, you must make sure it will fit on your lap in the seat with you.
- Do not distract the bus driver and obey the bus driver’s instructions.
- Use proper conduct; horseplay, foul language and fighting will not be tolerated.
- Become familiar with all emergency procedures.
- Report concerns to the bus driver, parent, principal, or teacher.