Safe Rider Training


First Rider Program

In order to introduce JK and SK students and their parents/guardians to the school bus environment and rules, First Rider sessions are held at various locations around the Hamilton-Wentworth region. Sessions are approximately 45 minutes in length. Students watch a video on bus safety and are asked questions related to the information on the video. Students then go out to a real school bus where they go on a ride with a parent or guardian. At the conclusion of the ride, the driver will show the students and parents/guardians some of the safety features on the bus. Students are given an information package with a certificate that will have their name on it.

For the next session information, First Rider Locations

HWSTS is pleased to offer a First Rider video, activity booklet and bus safety rules pamphlet for families that are unable to attend one of our sessions.

  1. First Time Rider Video ‐ Follow Buzzy the Bee with your child through the interactive video (23 minutes long)
    Closed Captions (English) Described Video (English)
  2. Download our First Time Rider Certificate
  3. Read through our Safety Tips Booklet for important information
  4. Print our Activity Book and have some fun while learning important safety tips.

Target Audience: Junior and Senior Kindergarten students and their parents.

Safe Rider Program for Primary Students (Gr. JK to 3)

Let Buster the Bus and his friends teach your primary students how to stay safe near the bus or when they are riding on the bus!

Closed Captions (English) Described Video (English)

Target Audience: Primary students (Grade JK-3) and their parents.

The Rider Role Model (Gr. 4 to 8)

The Rider Role Model Program Starring YOU, teaches junior students what it means to be a positive school bus role model. The program explains the importance of behaving in a safe manner and providing the best example possible for younger students.

Closed Captions (English) Described Video (English)

Target Audience: Primary students (Grade 4-8) and their parents.