Top 5 Rules for School Bus Safety

How to keep your student safe on the school bus this year

In order to keep all of our children safe on the school bus, Holt Public Schools has a number of rules and expectations for school bus behavior. We encourage you to have a conversation with your child about these rules of the school bus and why these rules are in place. Together we can ensure that the transportation of all students is as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Be at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to your pick-up time.

Not only does this help bus drivers to stay on schedule, but it ensures that your child won’t miss their bus. Especially during the dark morning hours, it can be difficult for bus drivers to see your child waiting at the front door or walking down the driveway, so it is important that they are waiting at their designated stop when the
bus arrives.

Wait to approach the bus

In order to keep students safe, riders should not approach the school bus until it has come to a full and complete stop and opened its doors. Also, there should be no pushing or shoving while entering
the bus.

Students should sit back to back, bottom to bottom, facing forward

When on the school bus, students should sit with their back to the back of the seat, their bottoms fully on the seat, and facing forward. There are no seatbelts on the school bus so that students can be evacuated as quickly as possible in the event of a fire. School buses and their seats are specially designed to keep students safe in the event of a collision, even without seatbelts. But this design only works if they are sitting in their seats correctly.

Keep the aisles clear

In order to maintain safety, it is very important for the bus driver to be able to see out of the back window of the bus. For this reason, students should not have their legs or backpacks in the aisle.

No eating or drinking on the school bus

There are a number of students in our district with severe allergies. In order to protect your child and the children around them, there is no eating or drinking allowed on the school bus.

In order to keep our bus drivers on schedule and maintain your privacy, do not discuss questions or concerns with your child’s bus driver at pick-up or drop-off times. If you have questions or concerns about school bus rules, please contact the Holt Public Schools Transportation Supervisor Donna Schultz at 517.699.6932 or by email at