Bus Safety

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Safety is the most important aspect of Transportation.  It is extremely important for everyone to understand that safety is an attitude that we can display in our everyday activities.  

Safety is not just something we strive for, it is a way of life.

The school bus: The safest vehicle on the road

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, children are much safer taking a bus to and from school than traveling by car. School buses are the most regulated vehicles on the road; they’re designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in preventing crashes and injuries; and in every state, stop-sign arm laws protect children from other motorists.

Different by Design

School buses are designed so that they’re highly visible and include safety features such as flashing red lights, cross-view mirrors and stop-sign arms. They also include protective seating, high crush standards and rollover protection features.

Protected by the Law

In Colorado, laws protect students who are getting off and on a school bus by making it illegal for drivers to pass a school bus while dropping off or picking up passengers, regardless of the direction of approach. See our Safety Tips for Drivers below for more information.

Our drivers are well-trained and safety-focused

Every driver receives over 100 hours of initial training along with annual professional development and evaluations to ensure that drivers are meeting the high standards of our school district. Additionally, before every trip drivers conduct multi-point checks of their buses to ensure that they are safe and ready for students.

Students play an important role to keep their bus safe

Our riders are responsible for their own safety and can contribute to the safety of their fellow students.  When bus rules are not followed, students can distract the driver and take their focus off the road. This is dangerous for everyone.

Read BVSD's Rules for Safe School Bus Riding. Students are required to sign an agreement that they will follow these rules.

School Bus Safety Programs

BVSD's Transportation Department works throughout the school year to teach students about School Bus Safety. Our school buses are an extension of the classroom and that same classroom behavior is expected and should be displayed in the mornings, afternoons, and during activity trips. Through our school bus safety programs, students can learn a variety of important factors in regard to being safe on and off the bus.

​​By having students take an active role and becoming more aware of their safety, we will be able to improve an already stellar record of safe pupil transportation.


Safety Tips

At the Bus Stop

  • Arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes early
  • Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before walking to the bus – the bus will stop 10 feet before you
  • When crossing, wait for the driver to signal you to cross
  • Walk ten feet in front of the bus so the driver can see you
  • Stay out of the Danger Zone (ten foot perimeter around the bus)
  • Never run after the bus

On the Bus

  • Observe same conduct as in the classroom
  • Be courteous, use no profane language
  • Do not eat or drink on the bus
  • Keep the bus clean
  • Cooperate with the driver
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not be destructive
  • Stay in your seat (bottom to bottom, back to back)
  • Keep head, hands and feet inside the bus
  • Bus driver is authorized to assign seats

Read BVSD's Rules for Safe School Bus Riding. Students are required to sign an agreement that they will follow these rules.

For Drivers

We encourage parents and community members to drive carefully around school buses. They are carrying precious cargo -- our children.

This is especially true when our students are approaching, getting on and getting off our buses.

Stop Means Stop!

Under Colorado law, if a school bus is stopped, it's stop sign is extended and its red lights are on, drivers are required to stop.


As shown in the graphic below from the Colorado Division of Human Resources, if you’re on the same side of the road as the bus or on either side of a two lane road, there are no exceptions – you MUST stop if the bus stops, turns on its red lights and extends its stop sign.

Graphic showing when cars should stop, when a bus is stopped.

You may resume once the bus turns off its lights and retracts its stop sign.

Children Are Unpredictable!

  • A child at risk of missing the bus may run out in front of you while trying to get the driver’s attention.
  • Children are easily distracted, walking and texting, video games, earphones and music. You need to see them because they won’t see you!
  • Children walking to and from their bus stops are comfortable with the area and therefore become complacent.
  • Groups of children waiting for the bus play games such as hide and seek, or jump out and scare each other. This may mean they are jumping out in front of your car.

Fines for Dangerous Behavior

• Up to $300, a mandatory court appearance, and six points off of your driver’s license
• A second offense within a five-year period will cost $1,000
• Many areas are equipping buses with cameras to photograph license plate of offenders.

When it comes to our children the most important advice is to be alert


For more information and to schedule a class at your school, please contact:
Philip May
Training Specialist, School Bus Safety