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SCHOOL BUS PROCEDURES

PHILOSOPHY: Shawnee Heights U.S.D. #450 is committed to excellence in its transportation program and considers appropriate bus conduct essential to the safe transportation of students to and from school.

The district believes that all students can behave on the bus, and have a responsibility to behave in a manner which allows the driver to concentrate on operating the bus in the safest possible manner.

The district believes pupil conduct should be maintained with procedures which will advance the purposes of safety while remaining consistent with applicable state law and established Board of Education school policy.

Parents can assist a great deal in maintaining proper discipline on the school bus by insisting that their children seat themselves promptly on the bus, stay seated while the bus is moving and conduct themselves in such a manner that the school bus driver can devote his or her time to the task of driving a bus.

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY REGULATIONS:

  • No balloons or flower arrangements.
  • Book bags need to be no larger than your student can carry up and down the bus steps and hold while on the bus.
  • If musical instruments or sports equipment are too large for your student to hold, they need to be transported by the parent.
  • Parents, please check your students’ clothes and book bags and remove drawstrings and straps that could get tangled around legs or get caught on items on the bus.
  • All loaded buses leaving the High School and Middle School have the right of way.
  • While on site, all vehicles must obey bus stop arms.

PRIOR TO LOADING:

  • Pupils must be on time! The bus cannot wait beyond its regular schedule for those who are tardy. If a regular rider is not at the stop, the driver will honk, then proceed on the route according to schedule.
  • Bus riders should conduct themselves in a safe manner while waiting for the bus.
  • Riders should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to enter the school bus. If crossing the street, riders should observe the direction of the driver.
  • Authorization must be obtained from the building principal before students can change buses or ride home with another student.
  • Changes in your child’s daily bus schedule should be reported to the school office.

WHILE ON THE BUS:

  • The driver is in charge of the pupils on the bus. Pupils must obey the driver promptly.
  • Classroom conduct is to be observed by the pupils while on the bus. In the interest of safety, only low conversation is acceptable. Unnecessary conversation with the driver is prohibited.
  • Riders should go quickly and quietly to assigned seats.
  • Riders should keep arms and head inside bus at all times.
  • Riders should assist in keeping the bus clean and free from trash.
  • Damage to the bus must be paid for by the offender.
  • Riders should never tamper with the controls or the equipment on the bus.
  • Riders should not throw anything out of the bus windows.
  • Riders should keep books, packages, coats, feet and all other objects out of the aisle.
  • Riders are to remain seated while the bus is in motion.
  • Quiet is necessary when approaching a railroad crossing.
  • Food and beverages shall not be consumed on route buses.
  • No glass containers, animals or pets are allowed on the bus.
  • Pupil conduct endangering the safety of others, committing acts of vandalism, swearing or using obscene language, unacceptable signs or gestures toward the driver, or committing moral offenses, may result in suspension from transportation.

WHEN TRANSPORTING ASSIGNED SCHOOL PROJECTS:

  • Glass containers and all weapons are dangerous, therefore, they are not permitted on school buses.
  • Students shall make prior arrangements with the principal before bringing projects to school.
  • Every project or article shall be transported in a suitable container or package, and small enough the student can hold on his/her lap. Anything larger should be transported by the parent.

AFTER LEAVING THE BUS:

  • Riders should cross the road at least ten feet in front of the bus.
  • They should observe directions of the driver, then look to be sure no traffic is approaching from either direction.
  • The driver will not discharge riders at places other than the regular bus stop unless the proper authorization is given from school officials.
  • Riders should not go to mailboxes until the bus has left the area.

WHILE ON EXTRA-CURRICULAR TRIPS:

The above rules and regulations apply on any trip under school sponsorship.

To assist bus drivers, please have your address posted in a visible location.