Bus Education Program for Schools

The Busways Bus Education Program for Schools has been postponed until further notice.

The Program (previously known as the Busways School Bus Safety Program) has been updated to cater for the newly introduced PDHPE syllabus now used in all NSW schools. It incorporates more key safety messages and learnings about areas of bus travel.

Busways’ Bus Education Program for Schools core safety module aims to educate students to stay safe on and around buses.

Students encounter and interact with buses regularly when travelling to and from school, whether they catch the bus, receive a lift or make their own way. Bus safety education in schools is important in preparing and equipping students with the knowledge, skills and positive attitude that will enable them to stay safe when traveling.

Schools can book up to six sessions per day. Sessions are 50 minutes long and cater for up to 40 students.

Children will participate in an engaging in-class presentation followed by a practical demonstration on a real bus to learn about bus safety. The program is delivered by Busways trainers with a strong passion for student and passenger safety.

Students continue the learning after the session with a take-home bus pack containing an activity book, safety certificate, stickers, cardboard bus and information for parents on what they have learnt and what parents can do to keep their child safe.

Hosted within the school, primary schools within Busways’ service area can book a FREE Busways Bus Education Session for Schools for classes from Kindergarten through to Year 6.

High school support unit trial

In 2020 we are also working with high school support teachers to trial the program for high school students with special education needs. If you are interested in participating in this trial, please submit a booking through the link above and we will get in touch.

Bus safety tips

Bus travel is one of the safest ways to travel to school, but accidents occur most before and after the bus journey.

Learn how to stay safe in and around buses with these tips for students, parents and drivers.

Tips for students

While on or near a school bus, students should:

  • cross the road where and when it is safe to do so
  • wait for the bus in a quiet and orderly manner
  • remain in your seat or if standing, remain behind the front passenger seat and hold on tight at all times
  • keep bags and other items out of the aisle
  • wait until the bus stops moving before getting off
  • listen to directions from the driver

Tips for parents

You can assist your child to become a safer bus traveler. Remember:

  • wait for your child on the same side of the road as the stopped bus
  • never call for your child to cross the road to meet you
  • supervise your child and hold their hand to and from the bus stop
  • discuss what to do should your child miss the bus or catch the wrong one.

Practice how to cross the road safely with your child. Remember:

  • WAIT on the footpath until the bus has driven away and choose the safest place to cross
  • WATCH until there is no traffic or the traffic has stopped
  • WALK across the road, turning your head both ways to look and listen for traffic

Tips for drivers

Drivers play an important role in keeping school zones safe for students and pedestrians. While in school zones drivers should:

  • observe the 40km speed limit
  • stop for pedestrians at children’s crossings and follow the directions of crossing guards
  • proceed cautiously around buses with flashing lights
  • never stop or park in a school bus zone
  • never stop or park near a children’s crossing
  • always use designated drop-off areas.