Lamorinda School Bus Program

Serving Lamorinda Families Since 1994

Safety Information

The Safest Mode of Transportation!

The U.S. federal government recognizes yellow school buses as THE safest mode of ground transportation in America.  School buses are eight times safer riding in a school than a car.  This figure jumps even higher when a teenager is the driver.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 58% of child fatalities during normal school travel hours are in cars driven by teenagers.  23% of such fatalities are in cars driven by an adult.  Students riding on school buses account for less than 1% of such fatalities.  Simply put, school buses are THE SAFEST mode of transportation for students traveling to and from school.  See what the American School Bus Council has to say about school bus safety!

Why are school buses so safe?  School buses are manufactured to comply with 37 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards that apply specifically to school buses.  Some of these standards include occupant protection, reinforced roll cages, emergency exits and window retention and release, flashing red lights and extended stop arms for school bus stops, and electronic stability controls.  In California, all new school buses must be equipped with three-point seat belts.​

First Student Drivers

First Student drivers are professionals - hired to take your students where they need to go and keep them safe.  All drivers receive extensive classroom and behind-the-wheel training approved by the California Highway Patrol.  Drivers must pass a full Department of Justice background check and drug and alcohol screenings.

The following documents are included with your bus pass in order to highlight safety:

Safety Brochure; "How To" SheetSchool Bus Rules


IMPORTANT SAFETY RULES

Keep your students safe by following these safety rules:

  • Arrive 5 minutes early to the bus stop (no running for the bus!).  If you must drive to the bus stop, park on the same side of the street as the bus.
  • STAY OUT of the bus danger zone, anywhere within 10 ft. of the bus
  • Wait for permission from the driver before boarding or departing the bus.
  • Follow the driver's instructions about crossing the street.  Cross IN FRONT OF THE BUS, never behind.
  • After exiting the bus, do not attempt to retrieve items left on or under the bus (the driver may not see you).
  • NEVER PASS A SCHOOL BUS WITH FLASHING RED LIGHTS!​


SECURITY CONCERNS

We recommend parental supervision at all bus stops.  The LSBP does not provide supervision at bus stops.  Please have a back up plan in case the bus is delayed.  Parents are responsible for the transportation of students to and from the bus stops.

Drivers must drop off students only at school or at designated bus stops.  Alternate bus stops may be added to the bus pass, please call the school bus office in Lafayette 925-299-3216.  For play dates or occasional use of a different stop, please write a note to the driver for each occurrence.

K and 1st grade students must be met by a parent or authorized person at the bus stop in the afternoon.  If you are not there, the driver may keep your student on the bus for the second run.  Call First Student dispatch if you have missed your student 925-926-0375.

In the unlikely event of an accident, students must stay on board until the CHP releases them.  Unfortunately, this may cause a delay in our service.  We ask for your patience and understanding in this circumstance.

Please CALL 911 or Police Dept. Dispatch to report suspicious persons or packages.  Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda Police Distpach is 925-284-5010.

​Lamorinda School Bus Program 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Suite 255 Lafayette CA 94549 925-299-3216 or 3215Email Juliet Hansen, Program Manager      Email Sue Graves, Administrative AideLate Buses or Lost Items? Call FIRST STUDENT at 925-926-0375