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Bus Etiquette

Many churches use bus transportation for field trips, Sunday morning pick-ups, or for camping trips. Here are rules for the road—for passengers and drivers.


Children—Coach drivers to train children on these three basic but important rules while riding on the bus.

  • Always stay seated while the bus is moving.
  • Use a quiet voice so the driver isn’t distracted.
  • Face forward and keep hands, arms, and heads inside the bus.

Drivers—For drivers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association recommends the following rules of the road.

  • Maintain self-control—don’t argue with children and never hit or touch a child.
  • Focus on safety concerns, but don’t feel the need to respond to everything that’s said or done.
  • Don’t give warnings unless you plan to follow through on consequences.
  • Don’t discipline the entire group—focus on the child creating a problem.
  • If a situation escalates, stop the bus by parking it off the road in a safe location and remove the ignition key. If necessary, relocate the offending child to the front of the bus.
  • Follow the church’s protocol on discipline by filing the appropriate report and allow the church to handle any additional discipline if necessary.

Source: Risk Management Handbook for Churches and Schools  by James Cobble and Richard Hammar (Christian Ministry Resources)


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