Student Conduct on Buses
Students shall obey the driver and any paraeducator assigned to the bus by the district. If a paraeducator is assigned to the bus by the district, he/she shall be responsible for the behavior and safety of the assigned students. When transporting classes for field trips, the teacher or coach shall be primarily responsible for the students' behavior. Students shall obey the driver, teacher, coach, or other staff member. Any misconduct by a student, which, in the opinion of the bus driver, is detrimental to the safe operation of the bus, is subject to the student receiving a “bus ticket”--a disciplinary document provided to the parent, building principal and Director of Transportation. After receiving three (3) bus tickets, the student may be subject to suspension from bus privileges. Any exceptional misconduct on the bus that would cause a student to be suspended from school, may constitute suspension from bus privileges immediately, regardless of how many tickets the student has received.
Rules/Expectations at the Bus Stop and On the School Bus
- Arrive five minutes before their scheduled pick-up/drop-off time.
- Stay away from the street, road, or highway when waiting for the bus. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and doors open before approaching the bus.
- If you must cross the street, always cross in front of the bus where the driver can see you. Wait for the driver to signal to you before crossing the street.
- Students will only be dropped off at a bus stop other than their assigned stop if they have a note signed by a parent/guardian and a school official.
- No disruptive behavior, horseplay, bullying, teasing, harassment, intimidation, fighting, physical action against another person, or action that would distract the driver.
- No use of alcohol, tobacco, vape, or controlled substances.
- Keep prohibited items off the bus (i.e. weapons, glass items, balloons, large recreational/sport items, and musical instruments that are too large to be held on the lap or put in a student’s own seat area). Drivers have the authority to confiscate prohibited items and turn them over to administrators.
- Follow the directions of the driver, assistant, or any supervising adult.
- Go directly to a seat or your assigned seat and sit down facing forward. Remain seated at all times while the bus is moving.
- Use appropriate language and talk quietly using your “inside voice.” No profanity or obscene gestures.
- Respect other students and their personal belongings. Keep your arms, legs, and belongings to yourself and keep all parts of your body and belongings inside the bus. Do not throw any object.
- No eating or drinking on the bus, including gum.
- Aisles must be kept clear of all items at all times.
- Respect the bus and equipment. Students will be responsible for the cost of damages. Bus riding privileges may be suspended until a plan of restitution is made.
- No electronic devices are allowed on the bus, including but not limited to, cell phones, smartwatches, tablets, laptops, electronic games.
Please review the bus rules with your child to help him/her stay safe while riding the bus. We appreciate your assistance.