or restrict their use. All drivers must
|• If students must cross the highway in
a rural area after getting off the bus,
instruct them to go at least 10 paces in
front of the bus, stop before they enter
the roadway and wait for your direction
before crossing the road. Establish a
line of sight with them; look up and
down the roadway checking for traffic
before you let them cross in front of the
bus. Do not lose sight of the students
as they cross and be sure that you can
account for all of them.
• Before moving, check all mirrors,
including the cross over mirror, to
ensure that no students are lingering
near the bus.
• Turn off the alternately flashing lights
after all the students are seated, release
the park brake, and when it is safe
signal left and re-enter the traffic flow.
Drivers must also be aware of the
• The bus must not be moving while
students enter or exit.
• It is against the law to back a school
bus in a schoolyard without guidance
from a responsible person located
outside and at the rear of the bus. You
must be able to see the guide at all
times. You are responsible for all your
• Be sure that all the students are seated
while the bus is in motion.
• Never exceed the seating capacity
of the bus.
• Always use frequent mirror checks to be
sure that it is safe before activating the
alternately flashing red lights or giving
a signal for the students to cross the
roadway. Even though other drivers are
required by law to stop, they may not.
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