With student safety as our number one priority, Puyallup School
District has established guidelines for transporting musical
In accordance with Washington Administrative Code (WAC 392-145-021-(3), heavy,
sharp, bulky, and/or other articles which may be hazardous in the event
of an accident or an emergency stop shall not be transported unsecured
in the passenger area of any school bus. Specific attention is directed
to items such as . . . large musical instruments.
All musical instruments transported in the passenger area on a school
bus must be positioned in such a way that they do not block or obstruct
in any way the aisle, stairwell, or emergency exits.
To provide a clear understanding we offer the following list to show
authorized and unauthorized musical instruments. If you have questions
or concerns, please contact the Transportation Office at (253) 841-8775.
Unauthorized Musical Instruments
Tubas, Euphoniums, Sousaphones
Bass Guitars Bass Clarinets
Less than full-sized Cellos Snare Drums
Cellos in soft cases Flutes
French Horns Clarinets
Tenor Saxes Alto Saxes
Keep in mind that emergency exits cannot be blocked, spacing between
seats on buses range from 7” to 12” and that instruments must either fit
on the student’s lap or within the leg space between each seat.
Careful attention to these procedures will assure safe transportation
for students and their musical instruments. Students are cautioned that
failure to abide by these procedures may cause the forfeiture of the
privilege to transport their music instruments on a school bus.