Information and documents for bus drivers
The safety of students is of the utmost importance to the Sun West School Division.
The following is from the Saskatchewan Government Insurance website and can be viewed here.
The biggest threat to children on school buses are motorists who pass when students are getting on or off the bus.
Approaching and passing a stopped bus
When approaching a school bus, begin to slow down as soon as the flashing amber or red stop lights come on. This is your warning that the bus is either getting ready to stop or has already come to a full stop. You're not allowed to pass the bus in either direction once the flashing red or amber/red lights and stop arm are activated.
Keep in mind that not all buses use red or amber/red combination flashing lights and stop arms. You need to make sure you know the school bus rules for your community, and always be careful when approaching a school bus.
Traffic congestion in school bus loading zones can lead to a collision. It's safer to avoid driving in these areas but if you have to drive in a loading zone, obey all signs and signals, and watch for children who may not know the rules for crossing the street.
You should never park in a school bus loading zone because it adds to the congestion, makes it difficult for drivers to see students and for students to see oncoming vehicles. You can also get a heavy fine for parking in these zones.
What students should know
Students should follow these safe habits:
Seatbelts and school buses
The following is Student Transport Guidelines published on the Saskatchewan Government Insurance website. Click here to see the full document.
It should be noted that seat belts are not used in the regular operation of a school bus because of the padding and design of bus seats that provide for the “safety compartmentalizing of the student.” Transport Canada bus testing has shown that bus seats provide for less injury to students than a properly fitted lap seatbelt in the event of an accident. There is continued design and testing of school bus seating and the bus vehicle chassis to provide the best safety for students.
Click here for more information about seatbelts and school buses
School Bus Handbook and fire extinguisher safety video
School Bus Safety Handbook for Students/Parents/Guardian (PDF)