The need for safe passage of each child to school and back home is of paramount importance to us. Our transportation facility covers a large area of about 20 km radius from our school premises. The school has its own buses for transporting the students from different localities to the school and vice versa. All precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of students travelling in buses. Special care is taken while appointing the drivers, to ensure that only the experienced and qualified drivers are appointed after undergoing a driving test. For safety reasons, every bus route has an attendant accompanying child till the last stop. As the school buses run on different routes the city, our bus drivers are clearly instructed to drive slowly and obey the traffic rules.
Bus Policies & Guidelines
- All our school buses satisfy the school transportation rules created by the Government of Kerala.
- We have an attendant escort on the bus at all times.
- Children should be ready and waiting at their stops 5 minutes before pick up time.
- The buses will not wait for latecomers either at the stop or at school for the return trip.
- Each bus is equipped with a phone. Parents are encouraged to contact the Transport Coordinator.
- Inform the attendant on the bus if your child is not attending school.
- Check if the bus is running late (for the return trip). Often there is a traffic jam for as long as 15 minutes, and it is not possible to inform every parent.
- Any changes in pick up/drop off venue should be intimated to the office (in writing). The office will then inform the bus driver of the changes.
School Bus Safety Rules
Staying Safe on and Around the School Bus
Please review the following safety rules with your child to reinforce the importance of ensuring all students are kept safe on and around the school bus. It is important for all parents/guardians/caregivers to know your child’s route number, time of pick up and drop off, and the name and number of the school bus operator for your child’s route in the event your child should leave something on the bus or in the event of an emergency. Buses can be delayed due to inclement weather, traffic, road conditions etc.
Rules for Getting on the Bus Safely:
- Be at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to the arrival time of the bus.
- Never run to or from the bus.
- Wait at the designated stop in a safe place, back from the side of the road.
- Remember never to stand in the danger zone that surrounds the bus. The danger zone is anywhere close enough for you to touch the bus.
- If you need to cross the road to get on the bus, always wait until the bus has come to a complete stop. Watch the driver for signal to cross the road – but continue to watch for traffic yourself.
- Always walk, don’t run while crossing the road.
- Hold the handrail as you get on the bus.
Rules for Riding the Bus Safely:
- Take your seat promptly and sit properly, facing forward at all times.
- Place bags and parcels under your seat or on your lap.
- Keep the aisle of the bus clear at all times.
- Always keep your head, hands and arms inside the bus.
- Throwing objects inside or outside of the bus is not permitted.
- Talk quietly; the driver needs to concentrate to safely drive the bus. Fighting, shouting or use of obscene language not permitted.
- Dangerous, disturbing or annoying objects are not permitted on the bus.
- Eating and drinking (including chewing gum) not allowed on school buses at any time. This rule protects students or drivers that have food allergies and anaphylaxis, prevents choking and maintains bus cleanliness.
- Always follow the instructions of bus driver and attendant.
Rules for Leaving the Bus Safely:
- Remain in the seat until the bus comes to a complete stop.
- When you leave the bus, hold the handrail and take two large steps away from the bus.
- Large steps away from the bus. To cross the road in front of the bus, walk ahead at least ten giant steps (3 meters). Cross only when the driver gives a signal. Proceed by looking both ways for on-coming traffic.
- If everyone is getting off the bus, the people at the front leave first. Do not push.
- If you drop something near the bus, do not pick it up. Tell an adult.
Safety Smarts – Know the Danger Zone:
- The 10 giant steps (3 meters) rule is a good measurement for children to identify the danger zone around the school bus, particularly when crossing in front of the bus.
- Children should never enter the danger zone.
- If a child can touch the bus, he or she is too close.
- Remember – if you cannot see the bus driver, the bus driver cannot see you.
- When near a bus, the children must have the attention of the bus driver.
- Children should never play around or near school buses.