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Riding the Bus Safely

We all have a role to play in ensuring students are getting to and from school safely. Over 27,000 HRCE students are transported by bus each school day.

We encourage parents/ guardians to review these guidelines with your child(ren) and remember to always stop for school buses when their red lights are flashing.

Bus Stop Safety

Be on time for the bus, and please don’t run to/from the bus.
Stand back off the road and don't push or shove when waiting at a stop.
Always cross in front of the bus, walk 3 meters (10 ft) in front of the bus to a point where you can see the driver; wait for the driver's signal to cross. Proceed to the centre of the road, STOP, LOOK & LISTEN and cross the road when it is safe.
Never crawl under a school bus or cross the road behind the bus.
Know the danger zones around the bus.

School Bus Safety

Please respect and listen to the driver and avoid distracting them.
Please keep noise levels to a minimum.
Do not stand or move while the bus is in motion.
Never put your hands, arms, feet or head out of the bus window.
Ask the driver for permission before you open the bus windows.
Do not throw anything inside the bus or out of the windows.
Keep the aisle clear at all times when the bus is in motion.
The driver will report misconduct and vandalism to the school.
Safety and our COVID-19 response
More information on COVID-19 safety measures and student transportation can be found here.
For additional school bus safety tips in Nova Scotia, please visit