Transportation/Bus Rules and Procedures

School Bus Transportation is a privilege that may be withdrawn for inappropriate behavior. The normal rules of conduct are applicable to our students while on our buses. School buses are considered district property and therefore, the rules concerning actions or behavior must also be obeyed.

Ridership on a school bus is a privilege, any conduct that endangers the safety of other students, the school bus driver, or other motorists will be considered a severe violation and could result in the immediate suspension of school bus riding privileges.

All students must abide by the following rules:

1. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before approaching it. Students are required to arrive at the stop location five (5) minutes before the scheduled pick-up time.

2. Conduct themselves in the same manner as when in the classroom, except for normal conversation. The bus driver has the same authority as a teacher in the classroom. Disrespect for the driver will be considered a serious violation.

3. Remain seated while the bus is in motion, and wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting on or off the bus.

4. Food, drink and chewing gum are not permitted on the bus.

5. Not damage or tamper with any parts of the bus or equipment, or use the emergency door, except in the case of an emergency. Parents will be held financially responsible for any willful acts of destruction. 

6. Not extend hands, arms, legs or any body parts out of the bus windows.

7. Refrain from using profane language or obscene gestures. In the event this occurs, charges may be filed for disorderly conduct.

8. Refrain from throwing items inside or outside of the bus.

9. Refrain from distracting the driver by loud talking or disorderly behavior.

10. Not bring or use any of the following items on the school bus: live animals, weapons, (or items which may inflict bodily harm) controlled substances (drugs), alcohol, tobacco, water pistols, or items used to shoot liquids. 

11. Refrain from horseplay, fighting, use of vulgarity or profanity, throwing articles or trash in or out of the school bus, or other behavior which distracts the driver is considered improper conduct and is not permitted. Fighting on the bus or at a bus stop may result in an immediate one (1) week suspension and possible charges.

12. Keep aisles free at all times. Items which are too large for the student to hold on their lap, including musical instruments or projects are not permitted. Students may not block the aisle with their feet or possessions.

13. Not leave the bus for any reason, or get off at a location other than their assigned stop without a school bus pass. Students may not change buses without a bus pass.

The bus is seen as an extension of the classroom and the bus driver should be listened to and treated with the same respect as expected in the classroom. The bus driver submits misconduct notices to make administrators and parents aware of problems. All school buses in the district are equipped for the use of video cameras, which are used to monitor student behavior. In the event misconduct occurs, disciplinary actions may take effect. Certain offenses (fighting, refusing to obey driver) may result in immediate and indefinite suspension of riding privilege.

All students are required to ride their assigned bus to and from their assigned stop. Bus drivers will require a SCHOOL BUS PASS for students to change buses or stop locations. Changes are made for emergency reasons only, and will not be honored for sleepovers, get togethers, sports events, etc. Parents of students requiring an emergency change should send a note to the school principal/secretary. If students need to ride another student’s bus, a note from both student’s parents must be presented to the school principal.