regulations and guidelines
School zones are in effect continuous from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
when schools are in session. School bus loading zones provide a safe area
for students to embark and disembark the buses. Parents picking up or
dropping off their children should not use these areas. They should be
aware of the dangers of allowing their children to jaywalk or run between
the buses. Children should be instructed in the proper crossing procedures
when disembarking the bus at the end of the day. They should:
- Stand back a safe distance from the bus.
- Wait until the bus leaves the stop.
- Walk to the closest intersection.
- Cross the street only when they have a clear view of traffic in both
directions and it is safe to do so.
The Calgary Board of Education and the School Bus carriers want to ensure
your child's safety and make their experience on the bus a positive one.
September is a hectic time. There are many new faces at each school and
bus drivers do not have student lists. Until children are completely familiar
with their new bus routes, there can be problems such as boarding the
wrong bus, missing their stop or no one waiting at the stop to meet them.
The school bus driver wants your child to arrive
home safely. To assist the bus driver, ensure you take the following steps:
- Arrange to have someone (yourself or a caregiver) meet children at
their bus stop.
- Have a plan. Make sure your child knows to stay on the bus if
they have missed their stop, are on the wrong bus, or if no one is at
their stop to meet them.
- Teach your child to stay on the bus until they see their parent
or caregiver. Children should talk to the driver if they think they are lost or something
is wrong. They should not get off the bus.
- Please put your contact information and your child's name inside their backpack.
School bus drivers are in continuous contact with their dispatcher.
Finding the home of a child is much easier than finding a child who got
off at the wrong stop. If your child stays on the bus, the driver will
ensure your child is looked after. For more information, attend the My 1st Ride.
The bus capacity of standard charter school buses is 66 - 72 passengers,
however, the CBE recognizes the problems associated
with loading buses to maximum capacity. The general guidelines used are:
- Elementary students - 55 to 60 per bus depending on bus capacity
- Junior High/Middle School students - 44 to 48 per bus depending on bus capacity
Seat Belt Safety
School bus transportation is one of the safest forms of transportation.
Yellow Charter and Calgary Transit Buses are not equipped with seat belts.
It is important to realize that discussions about "seat belts" on school
buses refer to lap belts only, not the three-point lap/shoulder belt combination
found in passenger cars and mini-vans. Studies by the National Transportation
Safety Board and the National Academy of Services in the US have shown
that "compartmentalization" rather than seat belts is the best way to
provide crash protection for school bus passengers. Compartmentalization
is an engineering design consisting of strong, closely spaced and high
backed seats that have energy absorbing seat backs. This provides passenger
safety by creating a protective envelope. Actual school bus crash data
shows that lap belts provide little if any additional crash protection.
Charter bus students and parents are reminded that extra caution should
be taken during the winter months. Please take a moment and review this
important information with your children.
- Children should be dressed appropriately for the colder weather.
Unexpected mechanical problems with the bus may occur more frequently
at this time of year. Children must be prepared for this as busses cool
off very quickly.
- CBE schools rarely close and charter bus routes are rarely cancelled
due to snow or cold temperatures. Assume that schools are open and busses
are running unless you hear otherwise through the local media. Check My School Bus Monitor for messages on delays.
- Usually cold or stormy weather can result in buses being
delayed. We encourage parents to use extra caution with children on
those days. Children should be accompanied to the bus stop or have very
clear instructions on how long to await for the bus and what to do if the bus does not arrive. Never leave
children at the stop without backup arrangements for an emergency.
- A build-up of ice and snow can create a safety hazard for children
waiting at the bus stop. Ensure that your child understands the importance
of standing back from the curb as the bus approaches the bus stop.
- Children will find it easier to walk through the ice and snow when
their school books and lunches are carried in a back pack. It is also
much safer for them to board the bus with their hands free to use the
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