Thompson Public Schools is committed to the safe transportation of students to and from our schools and school activities. Below, you will find policies, guidelines and the responsibilities we take on as a community to make sure our buses run smoothly.
For information about our official School Bus Surveillance Policies, you can find the complete policy here: School Bus Video Surveillance Policy
Dattco Branch Manager
Phone: 860-923-1053 ext. 520
- Important Updates
- Student Responsibilities
- Driver Responsibilities
- Teacher/Coach/Chaperone Responsibility
- The bus driver-has the responsibility of the passengers on the bus. The rules set forth by the driver are established at the school level and the state level.
- Yellow flashing lights-on the bus indicates the bus is getting ready to stop and load or unload. This means cars need to slow down and get ready to stop.
- Red Flashing Lights and Stop Signal (semaphore) – indicate that the bus has stopped and that children are getting on and off. These lights tell the motorist to STOP their cars.
- Side Mirrors and Rear mirrors- assist the driver by allowing a large view around the bus. Cars, children and bikes that get to close to the bus should be seen in the mirrors. REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE BLIND AREAS EVEN WITH THE MIRRORS.
- Emergency Exit- is posted on all buses and is to be used for exiting the bus if there is an emergency on the vehicle. Everyone should know where these exits are located.
- Danger Zones (front)- When crossing in front of the bus all students must walk ahead at least 10’ or more. They then must look up at the driver to see if the driver feels it is safe to cross in front of the bus.
- Danger Zones (sides)-Never walk close to the side of the bus. This area is a blind spot for some drivers, meaning they can not see you.
- Danger Zone (behind the bus)- Never, never walk behind a school bus. The driver will not see you.
- Walking Area-When students leave the bus they should stay at least three feet away from the front side of the bus. Never get close to the tires.
- The same conduct in the bus as in the class.
- Do not eat or drink on the bus.
- Cooperate with the driver and listen to the chaperone.
- Do not smoke or be destructive on the bus.
- Stay in your seat and talk quietly to your friends around you.
- DO NOT MOVE TO ANOTHER SEAT
- Keep hands, feet, and head inside the seat compartment at all times.
When the bus leaves the school with students and adults, the driver is responsible for that vehicle. His/her main responsibility is to devote 100% of his/her attention to the road and driving the vehicle. If the driver finds it necessary to enforce the rules, they will be reporting the incident to the bus coordinator.
- Do a complete pre-trip of the vehicle prior to the trip.
- Sign off on the safety of the bus.
- Make sure the vehicle is clean when you arrive at the pick-up point.
- Have the vehicle fuelled and check the first aid box for contents.
- Drive to and from the event in a courteous and safe manner.
- If it is necessary to pull off the road, make sure you go all the way over so that the vehicle is completely off the main travel road.
- Be aware of the route and if necessary have a map with you.
- Have a trip sheet with you for documentation of mileage and time.
- Fuel the bus when the trip has ended
- Discuss rules of the road with students prior to the trip.
- Spread chaperones out among the students on the bus.
- Adults and Students must not change seats and everyone must keep their feet and bodies out of the aisles.
- No eating on the bus. This means gum, candy and drinks.
- Group leaders are responsible for the behavior of the students.
- Quiet voices for everyone. This makes for a pleasant trip
- The adults should handle discipline.