The Strait Regional Centre for Education reminds everyone that school bus safety is a shared responsibility. The safe actions of all drivers help to ensure that our children and youth travel safely to and from school. Let’s all take extra care and time, and follow these important safety reminders:
- Slow down in school zones;
- Pay extra attention to children and youth waiting for the school bus or walking to and from school;
- NEVER pass a school bus when its red lights are flashing;
- Leave lots of space between your car and the school bus;
- Give yourself extra time to get where you are going;
- Be alert and aware at all times;
- Do not drive distracted;
- Watch for school crossing guards and obey their signals;
- Bus loops are for buses only. Please follow the posted signage; and
- Report any violations to the RCMP and SRCE Transportation staff.
Staff of the Strait Regional Centre for Education deliver the annual bus safety program to our pre-primary children and Grades Primary to Six students. This program teaches many aspects of bus safety including how to behave while on the bus, walking to and from the bus stop and how to get off and move safely away from the bus, to name a few. In addition, the Regional Centre has developed a brochure entitled, School Bus Safety: A Guide for Students and Parents/Guardians. The brochure contains valuable information for families along with highlighting the rules of bus safety, student safety and evacuation procedures. This brochure may be accessed in the Document Depot section of the Regional Centre’s website, www.srce.ca.
Students, parents/guardians, motorists, school bus drivers, Regional Centre staff and our enforcement partners share the responsibility for school bus safety. By working together, we will ensure that the bus trip is a safe one.
For more information and resources related to school bus safety, please access the Nova Scotia School Bus Safety website at www.schoolbussafety.ca and the Safety Services Nova Scotia website at www.safetyservicesns.ca.