South Washington County Schools

Ph: 651-425-5303
Fx: 651-425-5313
Office Hours:
5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Transportation Office Address:

8587 W. Point Douglas Rd. S.

Cottage Grove, MN 55016-3025

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Student Bus Safety Training

By law, students in kindergarten through third grade are required to receive classroom training on school bus safety and understand the competencies by the third week of school. Students in grades 4-10 must have school bus safety training and understand the competencies by the sixth week of school.

The competencies of school bus safety training are:

  1. Transportation by school bus is a privilege and not a right
  2. District policies for student conduct and school bus safety
  3. Appropriate conduct while on the school bus
  4. Danger zones around a school bus
  5. Procedures for safely boarding and leaving a school bus
  6. Procedures for safe street or road crossing
  7. School bus evacuation and other emergency procedures
  8. Appropriate training on the use of lap belts or lap and shoulder belts, if the district uses buses equipped with belts.

Items not allowed on District school buses

Safely transporting our students is our top priority. Therefore, South Washington County Schools’ Transportation Department has developed guidelines for items that can and cannot be transported on a school bus.

Any item brought onto the bus must fit next to the student on the seat (if available) between their legs or on their lap. The student is responsible for holding onto that item for the duration of the ride. State statute requires the aisle and all emergency exits to remain unobstructed at all times.

Items not allowed on district buses:  

  • Any form of weapon, knives, guns or bullets (including toy weapons and weapon look-a-likes);
  • Flammable or hazardous materials and liquids (including typical household cleaners and hairspray);
  • Any animal;
  • Any item that obstructs the aisle or emergency exits of the bus;
  • Any item that cannot be properly stowed by the student;
  • Any large item not used for curricular or extracurricular use;
  • Skis, snowboards, sleds, lacrosse sticks, hockey sticks, golf clubs and other similar large sporting equipment;
  • Oversized band or orchestra instruments that cannot be easily stowed between the student’s legs or adjacent to the student on the seat.
    • NOTE: Smaller band or orchestra instruments will be allowed if enclosed in a case, properly stowed between the student’s legs or on their lap, (if there is adequate seating space available).
  • Items such as loose baseball bats, skateboards and skates.

    • NOTE: Items such as these will be allowed if fully enclosed or restrained in an appropriate bag and there is adequate seating space available.

District 833 Bus Safety Video