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Officials Provide Safety Reminders for Riding the Bus

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Elementary, middle, and high school students in Harrison County will welcome the first day of school on August, 15, 2013.  

According to the Harrison County Board of Education's website and the Harrison County Board of Education Transportation Department, taking the bus is the most common form of transportation for students across the county.

Nearly 8,000 students ride the bus everyday and nearly 100 buses travel daily.  

Experts said that most bus accidents and fatalities occur when riders are off of the bus, including walking on and off.  

In order to prevent injuries and accidents, drivers should never pass a school bus and be mindful of the warning lights and stop signs.  In addition, drivers must stop at least 20 feet from the bus, officials said.

By law, all buses in West Virginia must have a posted sign with rules and regulations.  Check it out below:


1. Walk on the left side of road, facing traffic.

2. Be at the designate bus stop at the scheduled time for bus arrival

3. Parents shall instruct students to wait for the bus on the proper side of the roadway, except where such would compromise their safety.

4. Never stand or play on the roadway while waiting for the bus.

5. Line up orderly, safely away from the traffic lane until the bus has completely stopped.

6. Board the bus in a safe, orderly manner without pushing and shoving.

7. Follow the bus operator's instruction carefully by proceeding safely and alertly when getting off the bus and or crossing the roadway.

8. Go home promptly after alighting from bus at the end of the school day.



1. Go immediately to assigned seat and courteously share seats with others boarding the bus.

2. Promptly report any damage or vandalism to seats. Pupils can be held responsible.

3. Change seats only with bus operator's permission, and only when bus in not in motion.

4. Get on or off bus only when it is completely stopped.

5. Cooperate with any monitor on duty.

6. Cooperate with the bus operator to keep the bus clean. Except when medically necessary, eating and/or drinking on the bus is prohibited.

7. Observe classroom conduct, except for ordinary conversation, to enable the bus operator to give attention to safe driving.

8. Avoid unnecessary conversation with the bus operator.

9. Keep head and limbs inside bus windows at all times.

10. Immediately report any open exit or released latch to the bus operator.

11. Provide enrollment information to the bus operator as requested.

12. No riding in stepwell or forward of front row of seats.

13. No standing while bus is in motion any time a seat is available.

14. No use of tobacco, alcohol or controlled substances.

15. No use of profane or obscene language.

16. Do not throw or pass any object of any nature into or from the bus through a door or window.

17. Unless directed by the bus operator do not open emergency exits except during emergencies.

18. Two pupils may be appointed to assist at the emergency door exit during emergency exits, practice drills or demonstrations for such exits.

19. The bus operator is in complete charge of the bus and passengers. Passengers must follow directions for the operator promptly and respectfully.

20. If any passenger should persist in violating these regulations, proper procedures will be followed by the bus operator and school administrative personnel. This is necessary in order to establish control and maintain safety. Written notice of action being taken shall be furnished to the parent through the county board of education. Such notice need not precede action by the bus operator in an emergency.