Please review this important message from the Montana Highway Patrol.
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LPS Transportation Department
300 East Maryland Lane
Laurel, MT 59044
Welcome to Laurel Transportation!
Some 25 million students nationwide begin and end their day with a trip on a school bus. In our District alone we have almost 700 students that ride the school bus daily. Designed for safety, with flashing lights, giant mirrors, high seats and that bright yellow color, school buses keep more than 17 million cars away from school buildings every day.
School buses are the safest way for students to travel, but children also need to do their part to stay alert and aware of their surroundings to prevent injury. Laurel Transportation Department urges parents to teach their children the following safety rules for getting on and off the bus, and exercising good behavior while riding.
Getting on the Bus:
When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessness
Do not stray onto the street, alleys, or private property
Line up away from the street or road as the bus approaches
Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before approaching the bus
Use the handrail when boarding
Behavior on the Bus:
If seat belts are available on the bus, buckle up
Don’t speak loudly or make loud noises that could distract the driver
Stay in your seat
Don’t put your head, arms, or hands out the window
Keep aisles clear of books, bags, and legs
Get your belongings together before reaching your stop. Leave all items in your backpack
Wait for the bus to stop completely before getting up from your seat
Getting Off the Bus:
Use the handrail when exiting
If you have to cross in front of the bus walk at least 15 feet ahead until you can see the driver
Make sure the driver can see you
Wait for a signal from the driver before crossing
When the driver signals, look left, right, then left again. Walk across the road and keep an eye out for sudden traffic changes
If your vision is blocked move to an area where you can see other drivers and they can see you
Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver signals it is safe
Stay away from the rear wheels of the bus at all times, never cross behind the bus
Although drivers are required by law to stop for a school bus when it’s loading or unloading passengers, they often don’t. Children should not rely on them to do so.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call. I look forward to working with you to make sure all your students’ needs are met.