SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS:
There will be no food, candy, or drinks allowed to be consumed by students on the bus. Cold lunches must be kept in lunch boxes or backpacks at all times children are on the bus.
Absolutely no pets or animals of any kind are allowed on the bus at any time.
If your child needs to ride home with another student on the same bus or on a different bus, prior approval will be given provided you call the bus barn at 789-6216 or send a note with your child to give to the driver. No note or no call means no ride change will be permitted.
If you want your child to celebrate his/her birthday in the classroom please transport treats to the school yourselves. Numerous problems arise when children carry cupcakes and cookies on the bus to and from school. We have also requested that the schools not send treats on the bus.
NOTE:Balloons are not allowed on the bus.
STUDENT CONDUCT ON THE BUSES
The bus driver shall be responsible for the operation of the bus and will establish specific rules of conduct necessary to operate the bus in a safe manner. On regular daily trips to and from school, the following shall apply:
Parents and students must understand that riding the school bus is a privilege, which may be temporarily denied or suspended if their child’s misconduct jeopardizes the safe operation of the school bus or the safety of the other passengers. When a child enters the school bus, authority lies with the bus driver and the school district. District drivers will make every attempt to work with students and parents to resolve infractions on a one-to-one informal basis.
When a student is unable or unwilling to abide by established standards, or their personal actions jeopardize the safety of the passengers or him/herself, the student shall be formally disciplined.
For Elementary grade level students only (grades K through 5) the disciplinary process begins with a phone call. The bus driver will document the call and let the parent/guardian know that this is the start of the disciplinary process. If your child is still unable or unwilling to abide by established standards the three step write-up process begins. This is the same process and the same form used for all grades K through 12.
Step #1:Student will receive a written warning, with a copy to the principal. If possible, the parents will be called by the Transportation Director or the bus driver. The warning must be signed by the parent and returned with the student before he/she is allowed back on the bus.
Step #2: On the second incident or a second stage offense, the student will receive a written suspension. Parents, student and school authorities will meet and a plan of action will be established to control student action before the student will be allowed back on the bus. Parents need to call to make an appointment for this meeting at 789-6216.
Step #3: On the third incident OR first offense/gross violation of conduct, the student will be suspended from all riding privileges for the remainder of the year.
If an elementary student (K-5 only) has received a third stage offense their parent or guardian may meet with the principal of their school at least seven days prior to an event to attain permission to ride on a field trip or activity trip. The student may ride on a specific trip, only with a signed form from the principal.
(DEFINITION): GROSS VIOLATION
A. Student willfully endangers welfare of other student(s) or him/herself.
B. Student is disrespectful or threatening in language, gestures, or writing to a driver, monitor, or other student.
C. Smoking, lighting matches, carrying weapons, fighting, etc.