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Safety

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Student safety

To ensure everyone’s safety on the bus, students must follow the bus driver’s instructions and remain seated while riding the bus.
While waiting for the bus, students should stand well back from the side of the road.

When crossing the road to board the bus, students must:

  • Wait until the bus has come to a full stop, the bus’s stop arm is extended, and the bus’s red lights are flashing.
  • Watch for the driver to signal that it is safe to cross the road.
  • Check to make sure that the traffic in both directions has stopped.
  • Walk, not run, to the bus.

When crossing the road after leaving the bus, students must:

  • Check to make sure that the traffic in both directions has stopped.
  • Watch for the driver to signal that it is safe to cross the road.
  • Cross at least three metres in front of the bus so the driver can see them.
  • Walk, not run, to the other side of the road.

Danger zone

Students should always be aware of the “danger zone” around the bus. The danger zone is anywhere close enough to the bus to reach out and touch it. No one should walk or stand in the danger zone. The driver cannot see anyone who is in the danger zone.

Items not allowed on school buses

To ensure everyone’s safety, everything a rider brings on the bus must be inside a backpack or other type of bag that can fit onto the rider’s lap. Riders are not allowed to bring large objects that could interfere with safe seating, evacuation of the bus in an emergency, or which could become dangerous if they fall or become loose in a sudden stop.

The following items are not allowed on school buses:

  • Animals
  • Hockey sticks, snowboards, skis and ski poles, baseball bats
  • Large displays and school projects
  • Longboards (Skateboards are allowed only if they are securely attached to a backpack or are small enough to fit inside.)
  • Fire hazards such as lighters, matches, explosives, combustibles, flammable liquids

Ice skates are allowed only if there are skate guards on the blades or if they are inside a backpack or other type of bag that can fit onto the rider’s lap.

Road safety

Vehicle drivers in both directions must stop whenever a school bus is stopped to allow children on or off the bus, or when its flashing red lights are on. (On a divided road or highway, only cars approaching the bus from behind have to stop.) Cars must remain stopped until the bus driver has turned off the flashing lights or the bus has started moving again. These laws are stated in Section 172 of the Motor Vehicles Act.

Cold weather

Buses may run behind schedule when weather or road conditions are bad. If conditions are very bad, a bus route may be temporarily cancelled.
Standard Bus Yukon Ltd. informs local radio stations about late and cancelled buses as quickly as possible. Radio announcements are usually made between 6:30 and 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Parents should always ensure that their children are warmly dressed in cold weather, in case they have a longer than usual wait at a bus stop.

Student Transportation 

Yukon Education
1000 Lewes Boulevard
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

Phone: 867-667-5172
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 5172
Fax: 867-667-8243
Email: student.transportation@gov.yk.ca

For questions or concerns about bus service, contact Standard Bus Yukon, 867-456-3210.

For questions or concerns about student behaviour on the bus, contact your child's school.

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