Transportation Guidelines


All students who live more than one and one-half miles from the school they attend are eligible for bus transportation. Bus transportation is available ONLY between the school and the child’s designated bus stop.

Only in special pre-approved situations may a student ride a bus other than his/her assigned bus or leave the bus at any stop other than the assigned one. In emergency situations the bus company must be notified by the parent/guardian or school administrator of any change in a student’s regular bus assignment. Questions concerning bus regulations should be directed to First Student at 656-0125.

Students are expected to exhibit the same good behavior on the school bus as they do in the classroom. The discipline guidelines explained on pages 23-29 are also enforced: 1) on the school bus, 2) at bus stops, 3) to athletic/extracurricular activities, 4) on field trips, and 5) on bus routes between student’s home and the school.

There are some situations unique to the school bus. Some examples of those are listed below:

  • Students should arrive promptly at their designated bus stop.
  • Students should stand away from the road while waiting for the bus.
  • Caution should be observed when approaching the bus. Students must wait for the bus to come to a complete stop.
  • Students must remain seated while the bus is in motion.
  • Students should be alert to a danger signal from the driver.
  • In the event of an emergency, students should remain in the bus and wait for instructions from the driver.
  • Hands and head must be kept inside the bus. Litter and other objects should not be thrown inside the bus or out bus windows.
  • Excessive talking, laughter, or unnecessary confusion will not be permitted since it may divert the driver’s attention and result in an accident.
  • Absolute quiet must be maintained when approaching a railroad crossing.
  • Vandalism is strictly prohibited. Any costs to repair damage to the bus must be paid by those responsible before transportation can be resumed.
  • Students should not touch or tamper with bus equipment.
  • Students should help keep the bus clean and safe at all times. The consumption of food or beverages is not permitted on the bus.
  • No live animals including insects or reptiles are permitted on the bus.
  • Books, coats, and instruments should be kept out of the aisles.
  • No article may be left on the bus.
  • Courtesy and consideration must be shown to the bus driver and other students on the bus.
  • Older students should help provide for the comfort and safety of younger children on the bus.
  • The driver can only stop at the regular assigned stop.
  • Safety procedures should be carefully observed when unloading the bus. If crossing the roadway, students proceed to a point at least ten feet in front of the bus where traffic can clearly be seen from both directions and wait for a signal from the driver.
  • No tobacco products or controlled substances are allowed on the bus.
  • Any electronic device (i.e. radios, tape players) that is not permitted at school will not be permitted on the school bus. Students may use cellular telephones, pagers, text messaging devices and other digital devices (i.e. PDAs) while on the school bus. If, however, the use of cellular telephones or similar devices disrupts the safe operation of the school bus, the bus driver may direct that such device can no longer be used on the school bus.

We expect students to follow the direction of the bus driver as they would the teacher. Drivers may address student misbehavior through a conference with the student, a change in seating assignment, a parent conference or phone call, or the driver may refer the matter to the building principal via a conduct notice. Following are procedures for conduct notices:

1. A conduct notice will be issued in quadruplicate by the bus driver.

2. The original of the conduct notice is given to the student, who must have it signed by the parent or guardian, and then show it to the bus driver upon boarding the bus the following day.

3. The transportation manager will retain a copy of the conduct notice on file and forward the remaining two copies to the building principal for action.

4. The principal or his/her designee will take the appropriate disciplinary action as described in this handbook in Section III. In addition students are subject to a suspension or expulsion from the bus for serious or repeated misconduct. The length of the bus suspension will be determined at the building level by the principal/assistant principal. If a bus suspension conference or hearing is requested, the principal, bus driver, and a representative of the bus company may be present.

5. The final copy of the conduct notice will be mailed to the parent by the principal after action has been taken.

If the problem remains unresolved to the satisfaction of the parent after the parental conference, the parents may submit a written appeal to the Superintendent. Upon receipt of the written appeal, the Superintendent will either hear the matter or appoint the hearing officer to conduct a hearing.

All unresolved suspensions shall continue for the duration of the suspension until reviewed in accordance with the written appeal procedure stated above, unless the parent or guardian has signed a waiver of his right to a review of said suspension action by the Superintendent or the hearing officer appointed for the school district.

A copy of all correspondence sent to the parents relative to transportation problems and the disciplinary action taken will be sent to the Director of Transportation.

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