School Bus Safety

  • Renton School District employs professional drivers, mechanics and monitors who are trained to treat safety as their primary responsibility. Your children are most important to us. 

    Washington's Strategic Highway Safety Plan states, "School bus travel remains the safest way to send children to school and Washington State continues to ensure that 100 percent of school buses receive safety inspections and school bus drivers receive training in vehicle dynamics, precision driving skills, obstacle avoidance, and evasive maneuvers. From 1994 to present, since data has been collected on school bus passengers, no school bus passenger fatalities have occurred in school bus-related collisions."

    What are the bus safety rules for student riders?

    To help promote safety for all student riders we have rules we must follow, including Federal and State Laws, and Renton School District Policy.

    What is the danger zone around a school bus? 

    The Danger Zone is the space all around the school bus.  It extends out 10 feet (10 giant steps) in all directions. The school bus driver cannot see you in this zone. He or she cannot see you around the wheels either.  It is very dangerous to be in the Danger Zone. 

    If you have to cross the road:

    1. Make eye contact with the driver.
    2. Wait for the driver to signal you when it is safe to cross.
    3. Be sure it is safe - Look left, right, and then left again.
    4. NEVER CROSS BEHIND THE BUS.

    Where should I stop when I see a school bus with red lights flashing and stop paddle out? 

    Whenever you see the alternating flashing red lights on a school bus, you must stop if you are on a two-lane roadway…

    School Bus Safety Zone

     ...or you are on a multiple-lane roadway and you are traveling in the same direction as the bus.

    Where should I stop when I see a school bus with red lights flashing and stop paddle out? 

    Whenever you see the alternating flashing red lights on a school bus, you must stop if you are on a two-lane roadway…

     School Bus Passing Zone

     ...or you are on a multiple-lane roadway and you are traveling in the same direction as the bus.

    Safe School Bus Passing Zone

    School Bus Stop Safety: What WSP Wants All Drivers To Know

    The law states the $394 fine for failure to stop for a school bus cannot be reducedsuspended, or waived. If you get a ticket for failure to stop for a school bus you will pay the full amount.

    We cannot stress enough how important it is to practice safe driving, especially when children are present.

    The WSP has posted a video discussing rules of the road and driving safety around the school buses; when you have to stop and when you may proceed. The School Bus Stop Rules video is posted on the State Patrol web site. Watch the video.  It could be the best 4 minutes you spend.  It could save you money.  It could save a child's life.

    Why can't my child bring his tuba on the bus?

    Certain items are not allowed on board a school bus. Some items are not allowed by law, State Law, (WAC 392-145-021), states no large, sharp or bulky items can be transported in the passenger compartment of a school bus.
    Balloons, popcorn, skateboards, roller blades, 'wheelie' shoes, sacks of flour or sugar, strollers, and potted plants are not permitted.  Food items are not permitted for cleanliness and to avoid choking hazards, except food contained inside a sealed lunch box or backpack.

    How do I know Renton School District school buses are safe for my child?

    Twice yearly our buses are subject to inspection by the Washington State Patrol (WSP).  Once a year, each summer, a scheduled inspection including 100% of our fleet is checked by State Patrol officers.  During a second 'surprise' inspection they check a random 25% sample of the fleet.