Transportation Procedures and Expectations

School bus riders, while in transit, are under the jurisdiction of the school bus driver.  It is recommended that all riders, parents of riders, and teachers become thoroughly familiar with the following regulations governing school bus riders.

  • According to state regulations, student transportation is provided from home to school and school to home only for students who live more than 1½ miles from school.

  • Students must be picked up and dropped off at the same location, Monday through Friday.  Those requests to be transported to and/or from a daycare provider must be submitted to the Transportation Department for approval.  Requests will be honored only if both the daycare provider’s address and the student’s home address qualify for transportation.

  • Due to the large number of students eligible for transportation, it is not possible to allow guests to ride with the regular bus students to or from school. Transportation will not be provided for birthday parties, overnights, girl/boy scouts, music lessons, dance lessons, study groups, etc.  Bus drivers are not authorized to approve written or verbal requests.  If a student has a special transportation need, parents or guardians must contact the Transportation Office at 899-8106 twenty-four hours prior to transportation being provided.  Requests will be approved or denied on an individual basis.  The Transportation Office hours are 7:00 – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday when school is in session.

  • If a student moves and is eligible for transportation, it is imperative to contact not only the student’s school, but also the Transportation Department to make necessary arrangements prior to the student being transported to and from school.

  • Permanent bus routes, stops and approximate pick up/drop off times have been established.  Do not ask bus drivers to stop at places other than the regular bus stop; drivers are not permitted to do this except by proper authorization from the Director of Operations.

  • All students should be on time at their designated school bus stops to help keep the bus on schedule.  Riders should be outside and ready to board the school bus a minimum of 5 minutes prior to the designated time the bus is scheduled to arrive.

  • Students should step on and off the bus in a timely manner, quietly, without crowding, pushing, or shoving.

  • LOADING
    • Stay off the road at all times while waiting for the bus. Stand quietly.
    • Do not move toward the us until the bus has been brought to a complete stop.
    • When pupils must cross the road to be picked up, the driver, after looking for approaching cars, will give a hand signal to the pupils motioning them to cross. Pupils should wait for the driver’s hand signal and cross promptly. Students should NEVER cross behind the bus.
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    • Observe safety precautions at discharge points.  Where it is necessary to cross the roadway, proceed to a point at least 10 feet in front of the bus on the right shoulder of the roadway where the driver can observe the student. The student must wait for the hand signal from the bus driver before crossing in front of the bus.
    • Do not ask the bus driver to stop at places other than the regular bus stop; he/she is not permitted to do this except by proper authorization from a school official.
    • Students should NEVER cross behind the bus.
  • DO NOT linger around bus loading or unloading zones.
  • DO NOT leave the seat while the bus is in motion. Be alert to a danger signal from the bus driver.
  • Be alert to a danger signal from the bus driver.
  • Remain in the bus in the event of a road emergency until the bus driver gives instructions.
  • Keep hands and head inside the bus at all times.
  • Do not throw anything out of the bus windows.
  • Remember that loud talking, laughing, and active play, or unnecessary confusion diverts the driver’s attention and may result in a serious accident.
  • Be absolutely quiet when approaching a railroad-crossing stop.
  • Treat bus equipment as you would valuable furniture at home. Never tamper with the bus or any of its equipment. Any damage to the bus should be reported to the driver immediately.
  • Students have a responsibility to keep the bus clean and do their part to keep the floor clear of waste paper and dirt and to keep the upholstering interior finish of the bus in excellent condition.
  • No eating or drinking is allowed on the bus.
  • No animals, birds, fish, etc., skateboards, in-line skates, weapons, toys, (cap guns, water pistols, baseball bats, etc.), glass objects or anything that could cause a potential danger can be transported on the school bus.
  • Keep books, packages, coats, and all other objects out of the aisles.
  • Leave no lunches, books, or other articles on the bus.
  • Be courteous to fellow passengers and the bus driver.
  • Help look after the safety and comfort of younger students.
  • Fighting, the use of smoking materials and/or smoking on the bus, possession and/or consumption of alcohol, vandalism (destruction of property), use of profanity which is directed at fellow students and/or the bus driver.  Direct insubordination to the bus driver’s directions will not be tolerated.
  • Observe the same rules and regulations on other trips under school sponsorship as you observe at home and school.  On such trips, students are directly responsible to the chaperone and teachers appointed by the school.