Safe Bus Riding Rules
(1) Pupils shall arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
(2) Pupils must wait in a location clear of traffic and away from the bus stop at the driver designated place of safety.
(3) Behavior at the school bus stop must not threaten life, limb or property of any individual.
(4) Pupils must go directly to an available or assigned seat so the bus may safely resume motion.
(5) Pupils must remain seated keeping aisles and exits clear.
(6) Pupils must observe classroom conduct and obey the driver promptly and respectfully.
(7) Pupils must not use profane language.
(8) Pupils must refrain from chewing gum, eating and drinking on the bus except as required for medical reasons.
(9) Pupils must not use and/or possess tobacco products on the bus or at the bus stop.
(10) Pupils must not use and/or possess alcohol or drugs on the bus or at the bus stop.
(11) Pupils must not throw or pass objects on, from or into the bus.
(12) Pupils may carry on the bus only objects that can be held in their laps (see paragraph (J) of Rule 3301-83-20 of the Administrative Code)
(13) Pupils must leave or board the bus at locations to which they have been assigned unless they have parental and administrative authorization to do otherwise. This must be in the form of an alternate transportation form or daily bus pass.
(14) Pupils must not put body parts or belongings out of the bus windows.
(15) Firearms, weapons, explosives, or other dangerous materials or objects are prohibited on school buses. Animals are also prohibited, with the exception of those intended for special needs assistance. Glass and balloons are also prohibited on school buses.
(16) Guidelines will be formulated for the use and storage of equipment and other means of assistance required by preschool and special needs children.
(17) Drivers and bus aides must have access to appropriate information about the child to the degree that such information might affect safe transportation and medical well-being. This information must be available in the vehicle or readily accessible in the transportation office. All such information is strictly confidential.
(18) No electronic devices (cell phones, battery operated games, cameras, laser pointers, etc) are allowed on buses during regular routes. The only exception to this will be MP3 players for grades 5-12. Any device with a flash is considered an electronic device. These items will be removed and held by the driver. If taken away on the morning route, the device will be given to the building principal and discipline action will follow. If removed and held on the afternoon route, the device will be given back to the student before the student departs the bus and discipline action will follow.
Safety is important when riding or driving a school bus. If a student’s behavior becomes a problem by not following the above rules, riding privileges may be revoked.