Every child who rides a school bus should know what to do should it ever become necessary to evacuate the bus quickly and safely. Usually students will remain on the bus during an emergency; however, if an emergency were to arise where the students needed to evacuate, (e.g. fire) or in the event a bus is stopped due to accident, mechanical failure or road conditions, it must be determined, immediately, whether it is safe to remain on the bus or to evacuate. The bus must be evacuated if it is stopped in the path of any train or adjacent to any railroad tracks.


    In compliance with WAC 392-145-080, an emergency evacuation drill will be held within the first 6 weeks of each school trimester for all students riding school buses except those excused by the regulation. Students excused from the drill will be orally instructed three times a year. Drills will be held in the bus compound only.


    1. A short explanation of why it is necessary to conduct exit drills
    2. Set emergency brake
    3. Shut off motor
    4. Place bus in gear (on manual transmission buses)
    5. Remove ignition keys
    6. Pick and instruct reliable students about use of cell phone/radio
    7. Instruct students on getting emergency help
    8. Highway warning reflector devices
    9. Placement of first aid kit and removal of in case of emergency
    10. Earthquake procedures
    11. Railroad crossing procedures
    12. Use of fire extinguisher
    13. Kick out windows (Rubber molding)
    14. Assign students to open exit doors
    15. Assist students in exiting bus, use a couple of students to show others how to properly exit the bus out an emergency exit.

    Students should be aware that most accidents are preventable, regardless of who may be at fault, and that proper behavior and good conduct on the bus is the best way to assist the driver in the safe performance of his/her duties.