School Bus Safety

Bus Safety

8/17/21 Message from Lamers Bus Lines: The CDC, TSA & DPI requires all passengers on school buses to wear masks until further notice. This mandate has been imposed on all school bus companies, regardless of whether the district it serves is requiring masking or not. Lamers Bus Lines is required to comply with the mandate, therefore Lamers Bus Lines will be asking all passengers to wear masks while riding the school bus. The drivers will ask passengers to comply but will not deny entry or remove passengers who refuse or fail to comply. It is required that the bus company reports any violators to the school district for any appropriate corrective action the school district deems necessary. Masking requirements are subject to the exclusions and exemptions in the CDC’s Order.
Your child is our most precious cargo. Please help us ensure your child’s safety by following these simple but important procedures:

  • Please review the WCSD: COVID-19 Screener to determine if your child is healthy and able to come to school prior to sending.

  • Make sure your child arrives at the bus stop at least five minutes early each day.  Children who are late for the bus may panic and chase it, or run into the road creating an unsafe situation. Make sure your child knows their bus route number/animal and driver's name. Each bus has an animal with a number on it; make sure your child knows what it is.

  • Insist that your child wait for the bus safely, in an orderly fashion, and back from the roadway to avoid creating a hazardous conditions for children. Students at bus stops with other students from outside their family should maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and other children whenever possible. 

  • When the bus arrives, your child should have their mask on and wait for the bus driver’s signal before approaching and boarding. Be sure to board single file and use the hand rails. 

  • Children are to sit forward facing in their assigned seats and not move around the bus. These seats will be assigned with children from their own household whenever possible. 

  • Children are required to have a mask and wear it over their nose and mouth while riding the bus.

  • Be sure to keep hands, arms, and head inside the bus and NOT out the window.

  • Keep aisle clear of books and bags. Stay seated and do not get up from your seat until the bus comes to a complete stop.

  • Remove long drawstrings or other dangling items from your child’s clothing and backpack to avoid these items getting snagged in the bus door as they get off the bus. Consider bright clothing or backpacks with reflective material to make your child more visible at the bus stop

  • Teach your child to sit quietly on the ride to and from school.  Behavior problems could distract the bus driver and could result in an accident. It is important that the drivers are able to concentrate on driving the route safely.

  • Be sure when exiting the bus to wait for the driver's signal before crossing the road, but also be sure to look both ways before crossing as well. Be sure the driver can see you at all times.