Rules are set forth for safety and order. Here are some basic rules for students to remember while on they are on the school bus.
The seats are made with the concept of compartmentalization. That is when the seats act as a compartment. Self explanatory, I know. But seriously, if the driver steps on the breaks, the child, if seated properly, would go forward against the back of the seat in front of him, then sit back in their seat. I know there is a lot of contraversy about whether or not seatbelts should be required on schoolbuses should the bus roll or flip. Until they require them, students need to remain in their seats on their own. It's for their own safety.
If a student is facing the rear of the schoolbus and the driver steps on the breaks, the student is thrown forward and is at risk for back or neck injuries. I have seen it happen!!
Out of the Aisle
Out in the aisle on a moving schoolbus, the student is at the mercy of the movement of the bus. When the bus stops the student is thrown forward and there is nothing to stop him from being thrown into the windshield. It is imperitive for students to stay out of the aisle.
Nothing Goes Out the Window
There have been students who had their fingers out the window, just holding onto the top of it, and the driver go by a tree. The tree branches sliced the students fingers. There have been closed casket funerals for students who had their heads sticking out the window when the bus was forced off the road by drivers trying to pass them illegally. The bus swerved and hit an electric pole. EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!!!! Please heed this rule. As far as trash out the window? Puh-lease!! There is a trash can at the front of most buses. Students need to do their part not to nast up the area. They can throw their trash away as they get off the bus if they don't feel like it right then. The driver is busy driving and keeping the students and other drivers on the road safe. He is not the student's baby sitter. They shouldn't have to clean up after the students, nor should they have to remind them of things they already know. Don't litter.
Students need to stay at a reasonable volume. If the driver gets a call from dispatch and the he can't hear the radio, even though it's right by their head, then perhaps they are being called back to a school for some reason. But they miss the call. If he can't hear a car honk their horn at him or if he comes to a railway crossing and the students are too loud, it could be detrimental. At railway crossings students must cease talking or making any noise.
As a driver, we deal with many rules that affect the safety of your child. I think all the rules are good rules. But I think these are the five most important. Support your student's bus driver. Help reinforce the rules to your children. Their bus driver isn't picking on them. They are trying to keep them, other students, and other drivers on the road safe. God bless!!