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Bus Conduct Rules & Safety Tips
Related Documents:
Ride Guide
Safety Tips Brochure
Things to Remember with Bus Safety

School bus transportation is a privilege afforded pupils by the Board of Education. It is not a right. To protect the safety and well-being of all involved, pupils must adhere to established bus conduct rules. Bus transportation privilege may be revoked if the pupil does not observe bus conduct expectations.

 

  1. Students must always conduct themselves in an orderly manner and obey all bus safety rules.
  2. All students are under the jurisdiction of the driver while aboard each bus. Students should respect others at all times.
  3. The driver is responsible for seating arrangements on each bus.
  4. Students are to remain seated while bus is in motion.
  5. Students must refrain from loud talking, horseplay, throwing objects on or from the bus, or doing anything that will detract from the driver’s attention. Students must also refrain from fighting, threats of violence, or verbal conflicts.
  6. Anyone damaging a bus will be responsible for restitution.
  7. All parts of the body must be kept inside the bus at all times.
  8. Smoking, chewing gum, eating, or drinking on the bus is not permitted.
  9. It is the responsibility of the driver and each rider to help keep the bus clean.
  10. The use of profanity on the bus will not be allowed.
  11. Students will be picked up and delivered at their regular designated site each day. Written requests from the parent or guardian will be filed with the principal if it becomes necessary for a student to depart a bus other than at his/her regular stop. The principal will authorize the driver to make such a stop. Exceptions may be made if a safety hazard is involved.
  12. Buses are provided for transporting students: therefore, large objects such as boxes, recreation equipment, large band instruments, etc. should not be on a bus.
  13. Students must refrain from inappropriate display of affection.
  14. School authorities make assignments to specific buses.
  15. Students are expected to abide by the Douglas County School System Student Conduct Behavior and Discipline Code.
  16. Students shall not possess or use objects such as mirrors, lasers, flash cameras, or any other lights or reflective devices in a manner that might interfere with the school bus driver’s operation of the school bus. This also includes the usage of any electronic devices during the operation of a school bus in a manner that might interfere with the school bus communications’ equipment or the school bus driver’s operation of the bus.
  17. Parents should not have conversations with the drivers during loading and unloading of students.  The driver needs to be focused on the students following safety procedures during this time, cannot hold traffic, and need to stay on time during their route.  If you need to speak with the driver, contact local school administration to set up a meeting the driver.

 

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