Bus Rules and Discipline
- Students are expected to be at their bus stop 5 minutes before their scheduled pick up time. School bus drivers are not able to wait for late students.
- Students are expected to respect the property of others while waiting at their bus stop.
- Use of profanity is not permitted at bus stops.
- Students must stay away from the street, road or highway when waiting for the bus.
- Students should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before approaching the bus to board.
- Student departing the bus must move away from the bus. If students must cross the street, they are to always cross 10 feet in front of the bus where the driver can clearly monitor the student's location. Students are to wait for the bus driver to signal students to cross the street.
- No fighting, harassment, intimidation, or horseplay.
- No use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs at bus stops.
- Students are to immediately follow the directions of the driver.
- Students are to sit in their seat facing forward.
- Use of profanity is not permitted on the bus and students are to talk quietly.
- Students are to keep all parts of their body inside the bus.
- Students are to keep arms, legs, and belongings to themselves.
- Fighting, harassment, intimidation, and horseplay are forbidden on the bus.
- Students are not to throw any object on the bus.
- Students are not to damage the school bus.
- Bus drivers have the right to assign seats to students.
Consequences for school bus/bus stop misconduct will apply to all regular and late routes. Decisions regarding a student’s ability to ride the bus in connection with co-curricular and extracurricular events (for example, field trips or competitions) will be in the sole discretion of the school district. Parents or guardians will be notified of any suspension of bus privileges.
1st offense – The bus driver will use regular processes to correct the behavior such as verbal reprimand, assign the student to a different seat, and/or talk to the parents/guardians about the situation. (Please note! All written referrals will be signed by the Transportation Director.)
2nd offense – If the same situation persists or more develop, the bus driver will fill out a warning slip noting the problem. Give one copy to the student, transportation director and the school office, call the parent/guardian as soon as possible to verify that the student took the warning slip home and call the transportation director be sure to warn the student and the parent/guardian that continued problems will result in the student losing his bus riding privileges. Drivers must follow these set guidelines to suspend riding privileges.
3rd offense – One school-day suspension from riding the bus. If the problem behavior continues, the bus driver notifies the student that he/she may not ride the bus the following day. This is done by written notice also. The bus driver must contact the parent, the transportation director, and a school building administrator, as soon as possible. If the parent cannot be contacted, the student shall be allowed to ride the bus for a maximum of 1 additional route or day, while the parent is contacted. Sometimes this means that you may have to make a trip to the student’s home after your route. You may not let any child off from the bus at any other spot but their own home unless you have had directions from their parent/guardian or the transportation director to do so. If you brought them to school in the morning, you must deliver them home at night, unless instructed to do otherwise.
4th offense – three to five school-day suspension from riding the bus, depending on the severity of the infraction. Working collaboratively, the transportation director and a building administrator, the bus driver will meet with the student and the parent/guardian, in an effort to resolve the problem and administrate the bus suspension. A written notice is given to the parent/guardian, the transportation director and the school administrator. The student will not be allowed to ride a bus again until after the parent/guardian meeting.
5th offense – two-week suspension from riding the bus. Working collaboratively, the transportation director and a building administrator will meet with the student and the parent/guardian, in an effort to resolve the problem and administrate the two-week bus suspension. A written notice is given to the parent/guardian, the transportation director and the school administrator. The student will not be allowed to ride a bus again until after the parent/guardian meeting. The building administrator will notify the Superintendent if a two-week bus suspension is being imposed.
6th offense – Off the bus for a minimum of three weeks up to the remainder of the school year. The bus driver, the transportation director, and a building administrator will conduct a meeting with the student and the parent/guardian, to discuss the loss of riding privileges and the duration of the suspension. The student will not be allowed to ride a bus again until after a parent/guardian meeting has been held following the suspension by a building administrator if a bus suspension is being imposed.
Severe Clause: Students will be suspended immediately off the bus for behavior deemed severe by the bus driver and the transportation director or a building administrator.