School bus safety guidelines for students
Students need a note from their parent
to obtain a bus pass to ride on a bus other than their own. This
note should be brought to the main office before noon and the space availability will determine if
permission can be given. While on the bus, students are expected to follow the rules listed below:
1. Observe classroom conduct.
2. Seatbelts are recommended for student safety.
3. Be courteous (do not use foul or abusive language).
4. Do not eat or drink on the bus.
5. Keep the bus clean.
6. Cooperate with the driver.
7. Do not smoke.
8. Do not damage bus or equipment.
9. Stay in your seat.
10. Keep head, hands and feet inside bus and out of the aisle.
11. Do not fight, push or shove.
12. Do not tamper with bus equipment.
13. Do not bring pets on the bus.
14. Do not bring flammable material on the bus.
15. The bus driver is authorized to assign seats and require students to wear seatbelts.
16. No glass containers allowed.
17. Use of cell phones is NOT allowed. (Why?)
18. Students riding the late bus need a note from the staff member with whom they remained after
19. Electronic devices including, but not limited to, video games, CD, iPods, radios will be allowed by bus
drivers as long as:
No sound on video games
Musical/MP3 players and game devices are used with headsets;
No conflicts or talk beyond quiet voices will be tolerated over these items;
These items are put away before getting on/off the bus;
Music/games with inappropriate language are not allowed;
Only “E for everyone” games are
allowed on game devices. Students bring these items on
the bus at their own risk as school is not responsible for lost or broken video games, iPods,
radios or other electronic devices.
Reasons for not talking on, texting with, or otherwise using cell phones while on the school bus
1. Cell phone use--ringtones and loud
conversations--can be a major distraction to a bus driver.
2. Cell phone use may interfere with bus radios or on-board computers.
3. Many cell phones now have the ability to take pictures and videos, which can inadvertently put the safety and privacy of our guarded students at risk if these pictures are made public via social networking outlets (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Blogs, etc.).
4. Cell phones can now also play downloaded music, which is prohibited on school buses unless the student is using headphones. Bus drivers need to concentrate when they are driving. Music being played aloud can interfere with the driver hearing sirens from police, ambulance and fire safety vehicles.
5. Consistency is key when it comes to cell phone rules. The school bus is viewed as an extension of the classroom--when on a bus students are asked to abide by all rules governing the classroom. Since cell phones are not allowed in the classroom, they are not allowed on the school bus.
6. If an accident does occur, premature phone calls or texts from students' cell phones to parents can create unnecessary havoc (i.e., parents rushing to the scene of a fender bender, parents vehicles blocking traffic, parents vehicles interfering with emergency and police vehicles on the scene or getting to the scene, etc.). Our bus drivers are trained every year to deal with on- and off-road accidents.
Parents/child care providers of Kindergarten through grade 3 students
Drivers must see or be assured that an adult is present when a kindergarten through grade 3 student is dropped off. We request that an adult/older student acknowledge the bus by standing in a doorway or waving from a window. If your home is not visible from the road, please make provisions for the student by communicating with the driver or the bus garage. If the driver does not see an adult, the student will return to the Elementary School.
Students riding school buses other than their regular routes
From time to time, students ask to have friends ride with them on their school bus. Generally, a student is allowed to bring up to two friends on his or her bus if those friends have permission and a bus pass issued by the elementary or high school main office.
For safety reasons, if there are more than two extra students, they need to ride the late bus. Standing is not allowed on school buses, and more than two extra students per rider could create an overloaded bus.
To get a bus pass to ride on a bus that's not their usual bus, students must bring a note from their parent/guardian to their school's main office before noon. The note must contain the student's name, whose house he or she going to, and the route number of the bus that the student usually rides.
The office cannot issue a bus pass for notes turned in later than 12 p.m.