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Safety First When Riding the School Bus

On or about Aug. 12, parents should receive via mail student bus schedules with bus run numbers, bus stop location, morning and afternoon pickup time, and whether or not the student is eligible to ride the bus.Students who enroll in school after Aug. 3 canSchool Bus receive bus information by calling the Transportation Department at (314) 415-8400. This year, parents can also access transportation information online. Log in with the user name of Guest and a password of Guest.

Please refrain from requesting bus stop changes during the first two to three weeks of school so the Transportation Department can address the needs of new students and other critical issues. Here are a few tips for parents:

  • Please review bus run numbers with your child(ren). In addition, with younger students, it is a good idea to have the child wear or carry some form of identification with the child's name, address and telephone number, as well as the bus run number(s). This will assist teachers and drivers in making sure each child gets on the correct bus at the end of the day. It will also help drivers get a child home if the child boards the wrong bus. The bus stop notice that you receive has all of this information and can be used as an ID card.
  • Remind children about safety on and around buses. Classroom behavior is expected, but talking in a normal speaking voice is allowed. Students should understand the driver needs to concentrate on driving to get everyone home safely and on time.
  • It is a good idea to provide a book bag or satchel for younger children to carry artwork and papers home from school. Placing them inside a book bag reduces the chance that a child will drop a piece of paper as he/she gets off the bus and stops to pick it up. While school bus tragedies are few, too often they occur as a child tries to retrieve an object that has fallen under the bus. Make sure, however, that bookbags and backpacks do not have straps or other dangling items that can get caught in bus doors.
  • Please be aware the Missouri Safe Schools Act considers unauthorized entry onto a school bus as trespassing. (Sect. 569.155 RSMo.2000)

School buses make several thousand stops each day. There may be occasions, especially during the first few days of school, when students are not picked up at their bus stops or, unfortunately, there is a delay in getting children home. Parents should call the Transportation Department at (314) 415-8400 with any concerns or questions. You may also visit the transportation website @ www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/transportation/index.cfm.