Important Notice (September 2021): This program has been modified for virtual delivery, due to COVID-19 related safety precautions.
All elementary HDSB & HCDSB schools receive a mandatory student school bus safety and behaviour training every year from JK through to Grade 8. All programs utilize age-appropriate materials and teaching principals. These 30 minute programs are held in the school gymnasium for groups of 250 to 300 students.
The Safe Rider Program Starring Buster the Bus (JK to Grade 3)
This is an annually revised and re-themed program for primary students. With a focus on basic safety, students are provided with the most comprehensive, interactive and exciting program available today. Two trainers, Buster the robotic school bus, a huge projection screen and on-screen cartoon characters provide a program covering topics from how to walk to the bus stop and wait for the bus safely, to boarding the bus, appropriate riding behaviours, and getting off the bus and crossing in front. Each attending student is provided with an activity book to take home.
The Rider Role Model Program Starring YOU! (Grades 4 – 8)
This is an annually revised and re-themed program for intermediate students. Focusing on both safety as well as behaviour, these exciting, immersive programs appeal to older students’ sense of maturity and desire to be seen as positive role-models for younger school bus riders. Topics include basic safety, the danger zone, bullying, respect, vandalism and much more. Often game-show themed, these exciting programs capture the attention of your junior/intermediate students and give a fresh approach to communicating expected behaviours and safety rules to a hard to reach audience. Each of the 14 student volunteers involved as volunteer participants receive a special gift to take home.Safe Rider Programs