Creating an Effective School Bus Policy, Rules, and Regulations

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Driving a school bus can be a difficult endeavor. School bus drivers are undervalued for their contributions to the school . It is taxing to maintain focus on the road while ensuring that students are following all school bus policy, rules, and regulations.  Many districts have begun to place another adult in a supervisory position on the school bus freeing up drivers to focus solely on driving. Schools must make every effort to ensure that the school bus driver can transport kids to and from school safely.

The following policy, rules, and regulations are intended to help the school bus driver accomplish this goal.

Policy, Rules, and Regulations

All students are under direct supervision and authority of the school bus driver while on the bus. As such, all students must follow the driver's instructions as well as the following policy, rules, and regulations adopted by the school district.

  1. Students are required to be at the designated pickup location on time.
  2. Students will observe all safety practices (check traffic both ways before boarding or departing the bus).
  3. Students will go directly to their seats upon entering the bus, immediately report to their seating assignment, and remain there until it is time to exit the bus.
  4. Students will keep all parts of the body inside the bus.
  5. Students will keep their feet on the floor and off any parts of any seat or persons.
  6. Students must remain in their seats at all times while the bus is in motion.
  1. Students will place trash in the proper place as they exit the bus.
  2. Students will not engage in loud, disruptive behavior including offensive/vulgar language or fighting.
  3. Students will not take, deface, or destroy any property that belongs to other students or that belongs to the school district.
  4. Students will not throw objects on or out of the bus. This including the act of spitting.
  1. Students should not leave personal items on the bus.
  2. Unless the driver instructs you otherwise, students should remain on the bus in an emergency.

Consequences:

1st Offense: The bus driver has a conference with the student that includes a verbal or written warning.

2nd Offense: The bus driver has a conference with student's parent that includes a verbal or written warning. The bus driver reports the incident to the appropriate school administrator.

3rd Offense: The bus driver reports the incident to the appropriate school administrator. The administrator has a conference with the student's parent and suspends the student's bus riding privileges for no more than five days.

4th Offense: The bus driver reports the incident to the appropriate school administrator. The administrator has a conference with the student's parent and suspends the student's bus riding privileges for no more than fifteen days while adhering to the district's due process procedures.

Any Subsequent Offense: The bus driver reports the incident to the appropriate school administrator. The administrator has a conference with the student's parent and may suspend the student's bus riding privileges for the remainder of the current school year while adhering to the district's due process procedures.