Safety is very important when riding and driving a school bus. We'd like you to follow these guidelines to ensure a safe transporation environment for your children.
1. Students shall arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
2. Students must wait at the driver designated place of safety or a safe place well off roadway while waiting to board the bus. When departing the bus, students must stand in the driver designated place of safety until the bus had departed.
3. Behavior at the bus stop is the same rules that apply at school. Behavior at the school bus stop must not threaten life, limb or property of any individual.
4. Students must go directly to their assigned seat so the bus may safely resume motion. If no seat is assigned, the driver will assign a seat.
5. Students must remain seated keeping aisles and exits clear.
6. Students must observe classroom conduct and obey the driver promptly and respectfully.
7. Students must not use profane language.
8. Students must refrain from eating, chewing gum and drinking on the bus except as required for medical reasons.
9. Students must not use and/or possess tobacco products on the bus or at the bus stop.
10. Students must not use and/or have alcohol or drugs in their possession on the bus or at the bus stop except for prescription medication required for a student.
11. Students must not throw or pass objects on, from or into the bus.
12. Students 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). Firearms, explosives, or other dangerous materials, balloons, animals (except for service animals) and glass containers are not permitted on school buses.
13. Students must leave or board the bus at locations to which they have been assigned unless they have parental and school authorization to do otherwise.
14. Students must not put any body parts or belongings out of the bus windows.
15. Guidelines will be formulated for the use and storage of equipment and other means of assistance required by preschool and special needs children.
16. 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.
17. Some electronic devices; cameras, laser pointers, etc. are not allowed on buses. The exception to this will be MP3 players, I-Pads, games and cell phones with headphones only for grades 5th through 12th. Texting is allowable, but no talking on cell phones will be permitted. Any device that includes a flash; this function is prohibited. These items will be removed and held by the driver. On the morning route, the device will be given to the building principal and discipline will follow. On the afternoon route, the device will be given to the student before departing the bus and discipline will follow. The driver and school district are not responsible for lost or stolen devices.
If a student's behavior becomes a problem by not following the above rules, bus riding privileges may be revoked.