Because school bus passengers' behavior can directly affect their safety and the safety of others, the following regulations apply at all times when students are riding a school bus, including field trips and other special trips. School personnel, parents/guardians and the students themselves all must see that these regulations are followed.
- Riders shall follow the instructions and directions of the bus driver promptly and courteously at all times.
- Riders should arrive at the bus stop on time and stand in a safe place to wait quietly for the bus.
- Riders shall enter the bus in an orderly manner and go directly to their seats.
- Riders shall remain seated while the bus is in motion and shall not obstruct the aisle with their legs, feet, or other objects. When reaching their destination, riders shall remain seated until the bus stops and only then enter the aisle and go directly to the exit.
- Each student may be assigned a seat in which she/he will remain at all times unless permission is given by the Principal or driver to change.
- Serious safety hazards can result from noise or behavior that distracts the driver. Loud talking, laughing, yelling, singing, whistling, scuffling, throwing objects, smoking, eating, drinking, standing, swearing, rude gestures, cruel teasing or “put downs”, and changing seats are prohibited actions which may lead to suspension of riding privileges.
- No part of the body, hands, arms or head should be put out of the window. Nothing should be thrown from the bus.
- Riders shall help keep the bus and the area around the bus stop clean. Riders shall not damage or deface the bus or tamper with bus equipment.
- No animals or insects shall be allowed on the bus unless qualified as service animals.
- Riders should be alert for traffic when leaving the bus.
Riders who fail to comply with the above rules shall be reported to the school Principal, who shall determine the severity of the misconduct and take action accordingly. In all instances of misconduct, the rider and his/her parent/guardian shall be given notice and warning. In the case of a severe violation or repeated offenses, the rider may be denied transportation for a period of time determined by the Principal, up to the remainder of the school year.
Bus drivers shall not deny transportation except as directed by the Principal.