Please notify the bus company (i.e., not the bus driver) if you are planning to drive your child to or from school on any given day. It is also important to inform them when your child will only be transported one way by bus. Informing the bus company will ensure that your child will be picked up safely and at the appropriate time and location. Parents are not permitted to ride the bus to school with their children. If your child has not arrived home at their regular time please call the school and speak with the Principal.
Car Seats, wheelchairs and/or strollers are secured by Bus Company personnel. The lists below contain some of the safety protocols bus companies follow in order to ensure your child’s safety.
- Should always be chosen based on occupant’s height, weight, and positioning needs.
- Should always be installed as intended by the manufacturer.
- Should always be secured to the vehicle seat with a LATCH system OR a seat belt, NOT both.
- Should never be used beyond its expiration date or if it has been involved in an accident.
- Ideally, harnesses should not be secured over bulky jackets. Instead, use the jacket as a blanket with the harness is secured underneath.
- Harness straps should be positioned at or above the shoulders, with the retainer clip positioned at the armpits.
- Should be forward facing.
- Should always be secured to the bus using 4-point tie downs OR a docking tie down
- The occupant should always be protected by a crash-tested lap AND shoulder belt OR a child restraint harness.
- Lap belts should be threaded between the armrests and seat back, making contact with the occupant’s body
- Seat belt should connect near the hip of the occupant.
- Shoulder belt should lay diagonally across the occupant, starting at the hip, crossing mid chest, crossing mid shoulder, and anchored above and behind the occupant
- Should be forward facing
- All accessories, bags and trays should be tied down securely.