Bus Rules


The following rules are quoted directly from the Edwardsville District #7 Handbook for the 2006-2007 school year. Comments not found in the Handbook appear in parenthesis:

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/extra-curricular 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:

  1. Students should arrive promptly at their designated bus stop. (students should be at their designated stop five minutes before the scheduled pickup time.)
  2. Students should stand away from the road while waiting for the bus.
  3. Caution should be observed when approaching the bus. Students must wait for the bus to come to a complete stop. (Do not approach the bus until the driver opens the door.)
  4. Students must remain seated while the bus is in motion.
  5. Students should be alert to a danger signal from the driver.
  6. In the event of an emergency, students should remain in the bus and wait for instructions from the driver.
  7. Hands and head must be kept inside the bus. (Students should not use an open window to invite outside students over to the side of the bus.) Litter and other objects should not be thrown inside the bus or out the bus windows.
  8. Excessive talking, laughter, or unnecessary confusion will not be permitted since it may divert the driver's attention and result in an accident.
  9. Absolute quiet must be maintained when approaching a railroad crossing.
  10. Vandalism is strictly prohibited. Any costs to repair damage to the bus must by paid by those responsible before transportation can be resumed.
  11. Students should not touch or tamper with bus equipment.
  12. Students should help keep the bus clean and safe at all times. The consumption of food or beverages is not permitted on the bus.
  13. No live animals including insects or reptiles are permitted on the bus.
  14. Books, coats, and instruments should be kept out of the aisles.
  15. No article may be left on the bus.
  16. Courtesy and consideration must be shown to the bus driver and other students on the bus.
  17. Older students should help provide for the comfort and safety of younger children on the bus.
  18. The driver can only stop at the regular assigned stop.
  19. Safety procedures should be carefully observed when unloading the bus. If crossing the roadway, students proceed to a point at least 10 feet in front of the bus where the traffic can clearly be seen from both directions and wait for a signal from the driver. (Students should not cross the road behind the bus. If the student has any reason to come within 10 feet of any side of the bus after unloading, they should alert and receive permission from the driver before proceeding.)
  20. No tobacco products or controlled substances are allowed on the bus.
  21. 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. PDA's) 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.


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