Bus Transportation

State Law: The state law requires that transportation be provided for elementary students residing one and a-half miles or more from the school.

General Information: Bus stops are located as conveniently as possible. Stops must be made at safe places and at a reasonable distance apart. Children are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly manner when riding the school buses. Bus drivers are responsible for managing student behavior while riding their buses. School administrators follow up on reported behavior problems and may discipline students according to established policies. Bus stops will be arranged in relation to the home of the children being transported and are subject to the safety considerations. Non-bus children are not permitted on the bus. Students are not permitted to ride any bus other than the one which they have been assigned without a note from their parents. This note should be taken to the office for a transfer slip which is then given to the bus driver.
Bus schedule postcards are sent to parents of all students who are bused.

Bus Rules and Regulations

Prior to/at Loading:

  • Be on time at your designated school bus stop. Help keep the bus on schedule.
  • Do not move toward the bus at the bus stop until the bus has been brought to a complete stop.
  • Stay off the road at all times while waiting for the school bus.
  • The school bus driver may assign each pupil to a seat and the student will be responsible for that seat’s condition. Pupils on crowded seats may move to an empty seat for added comfort after the load is lightened, with the permission of the bus driver.

While on the Bus:

  • Follow the bus driver’s directions at all times.
  • Remain in your seat while the bus is in motion.
  • Keep hands and head inside the bus at all times after entering and until leaving the bus. Keep your hands and your feet to yourself.
  • No pushing, shoving or fighting.
  • Assist in keeping the bus safe and sanitary at all times.
  • Remember that loud talking and laughing or unnecessary confusion diverts the driver’s attention.
  • Treat bus equipment as you would valuable furniture in your home. Repairs to seats, etc., must be paid for by the offender.
  • Leave no books, lunches or other articles on the bus.
  • Keep absolutely quiet when approaching a railroad crossing stop.
  • Avoid unnecessary conversation with the bus driver.
  • Never tamper with the bus or its equipment at any time.
  • Remain in the bus in case of an emergency, unless directed by the driver to do otherwise.
  • Anyone not fully dressed (shirt–shoes) will not be permitted on the bus.
  • Use waste baskets provided in the bus for all trash. Do not throw anything out of the bus window.
  • The use of profane language will not be tolerated.
  • Do not eat or drink on the bus at any time.
  • No smoking is permitted on the school bus.

School Bus Safety Tips for Parents and Children: 

  • Never walk behind the bus or close to the wheels or sides even if you have dropped or forgotten something.
  • When crossing the road, make sure the traffic has stopped. Look left, right, and again left before crossing.
  • Parents should teach their children and practice school bus safety.
  • Parents should reinforce courteous behavior, respect for the school bus drivers, and the personal property of others.

Transportation Video Monitoring: 
In accordance with the school district’s “Transportation Video Monitoring Policy”, all school buses may periodically be equipped with a video monitor at the request of the bus driver or principal. The sole purpose of the recorder is to monitor the activities of the students to assist the school district in maintaining discipline and safety on the buses. This procedure may be used on any of the buses at any time.

A request for viewing the videotape may be made by the student’s parents or guardians if the students have been videotaped and recommended for disciplinary action.

The videotape will be used to verify a disciplinary or safety problem that the driver has reported. Videotaped documentation of misbehavior will be preserved only until disciplinary action/disposition is reached. Thereafter, all recorded evidence of the misbehavior will be erased.

Consequences of Violating Bus Regulations:

  • Should any pupil violate any of the bus rules, it shall be the duty of the bus driver to notify the principal of the student’s school in writing about the misconduct using the bus misconduct form. The building principal will take the appropriate action necessary in dealing with the misconduct. The bus driver will be notified of the action taken.
  • Parents will be notified of continuous misconduct on the bus. The bus rider may be denied the privilege of riding the bus if the misconduct continues.

Questions Concerning Bus Transportation: 
Assignments and problems regarding bus transportation should be referred to Transportation Services, Inc., at 215-723-4613.