YAKIMA, Wash. -- Children will soon be packing school buses again. They have to share the bus not only with each other but also with the driver. There are rules to remember to ensure the safety of everyone on board. There is a list of specific rules on the transportation policy each parent and child has to sign. Postings in the school bus break it down simply. Sit in your seat, be respectful verbally and physically and listen to the driver. The quickest way to lose riding privileges is for severe misbehavior or fighting.
"We deal with the parents, talk about the situation, try to provide the children alternative types of responses they might be encountering on the bus instead of using force we would talk about letting the driver know," said Alta Macone, Transportation Director of Yakima Public Schools.
The transportation policy shows parents are notified for any level of incident. Macone said it is because they can help resolve the issue. Other rules to keep everyone safe include crossing in front of the bus under the driver's direction and keeping all parts of your body inside the bus.