Expected behaviour of students using buses
The following guidelines have been provided to schools by the Ministry of Education. They detail the behaviour expected of students when they travel on a school bus.
Students who travel on a bus may continue to do so while they behave in a reasonable and safe manner. The following behaviour is expected of students using buses to help make sure the bus is a safe place for everyone:
- Seated passengers sit down straight away and remain in their seats for the whole journey.
- Standing passengers stay behind the driver at all times, stand quietly, and do not push or move around the bus.
- Passengers do not eat or drink in the bus.
- Passengers do not throw objects inside or out of the bus.
- Passengers use socially acceptable language when talking to the driver and or/other students, and speak quietly so they do not distract the driver.
- Passengers respect the Bus Operator’s property at all times (eg refrain from standing on seats or vandalising the bus in any way).
- Passengers do not harass, bully, or abuse other passengers or the driver in any way, whether verbal or physical.
- Passengers respect others’ property and do not interfere with it in any way.
- Passengers listen to and follow the requirements and instructions of the bus driver and the teacher/s on duty at all times.
Getting on the bus
- Wait in the designated place – well back from the road.
- Wait until the bus has stopped before getting on.
- Carry your bag in front of you so it does not get caught in the door. ‘
- If seated, put your bag (and anything else you are carrying) on your lap or under the seat in front of you.
- If there are no empty seats, fill the bus from the back first. Put your bag on the floor and hold on to a seat-back or handrail.
Getting off the bus
- Wait until the bus has stopped.
- Carry your bag in front of you so it does not get caught in the door.
- Get off the bus through the front door if possible.
- Get off the bus carefully without pushing.
- Wait well back from the road until the bus has moved away.
- If you need to cross, find a safe place, wait until the bus has moved away and you can see clearly up and down the road. Then cross.