SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION IS A PRIVILEGE.
This privilege may be temporarily denied or permanently revoked if
misconduct of your child jeopardizes the safe operation of the school bus or
the safety of pupils riding the bus.
Parents are responsible to see that their children attend school despite
loss of riding privileges. Parents or
legal guardians are responsible for the behavior and safety of their children
until the time of boarding the bus in the morning, and from departing the bus
at the end of the school day. Once
the child enters the school bus, the authority to manage student conduct lies
with the bus driver and the school administration.
Behavior or activity jeopardizing
safe operation of the school bus or interfering with the welfare of other
vehicle occupants is prohibited. All
existing county policies are in effect while students are on the bus.
For any misconduct occurring on a
school bus, the school administrative staff will take appropriate action, which
may include, but is not limited to, a parent conference, seat change, loss of
privilege, restitution, and a bus and/or school suspension. Without limiting other available actions
the school administrative staff is authorized to secure restitution for
vandalism caused by students to school buses, using the same procedures
available for recovery of damages to school property.
The school bus operator will
report in writing within 24 hours to a principal, assistant principal, or other
designee any conduct appearing to require disciplinary action. After administrative staff evaluation, appropriate
disciplinary action will follow. A copy
of the misconduct report will be returned to the school bus operator. School bus operators may
temporarily suspend student’s riding privileges for one day.
Parents are urged to play a role in
their responsibility when the child leaves home to walk to the bus stop and the
child’s behavior at the bus stop. Parents should see to it that their child
arrives at the bus stop at least five minutes before the regularly scheduled
arrival time. Bus drivers will not wait for tardy students since any wait will
adversely affect the established time schedules for many other students.
One AM and one PM stop location
shall be allowed for each transported student. Exceptions will be made only in
case of an emergency or when extenuating circumstances exist. This shall be approved by the school principal.
Pupils must board their bus and be
discharged from their bus at the assigned stops. Permission to use a different
bus stop may be granted on a temporary basis if
approved by the school principal and
provided that the request does not involve a bus assignment/route change. Bus
drivers must be notified by the school principal.
Parents are reminded that students
must ride their assigned bus. Any deviation must be approved in advance by the principal or designee. Vacations, temporary work assignments, social events, riding to a
friend’s home, or other foreseen events will not be approved for change in bus
assignment. Under short-term emergency situations, only the principal may approve a different bus assignment.