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RULES AND EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS RIDING THE SCHOOL BUSES

A safe and appropriate environment for students and adults on our school buses is no accident. It takes the help of informed and effective bus drivers, school staff, parents, and students following the lead of adults helping to maintain a safe, orderly and harrassment free school bus. It is for this reason that twice each year our bus drivers review with the students the rules and expectations for students riding our school buses. Bus drivers also give new students this information, including the following expectation:

"Students riding this bus are expected to follow the bus driver's directions and practice the skill of courtesy."

(Note: FORMAL - Replace this paragraph and example formal rules with your state's posted bus rules. Delaware's are used in this example.)
Students are expected to know and must obey the Delaware State Board of Education Rules of Conduct For Bus Students and the student conduct policies established by the school board at all times while on or around the school buses. These rules are posted inside the school bus, the back of the registration card, reviewed with the students and are provided in parent/student school handbooks for easy reference. They are as follows:

OTHER BUS RULES AND EXPECTATIONS

(Note: INFORMAL - Answer in this section Frequently Asked Questions. Parents like to know upfront what's expected.)
Students must be registered to ride the bus within five school days of receiving the bus registration card, filled out and signed by the student's parent or legal guardian. The student must obtain a bus pass from the school office, good for upto five days, for use until the bus registration card is completed and returned to the bus driver or school office. Failure to provide the completed registration card within the five days allowed may result in loss of riding privileges until accomplished.

ACTIVITY TRIPS ON THE SCHOOL BUS

The rules and expectations for students riding the school buses on activity trips (such as field and athletic trips) are essentially the same as on the bus routes. Chaperons and bus drivers are expected to discuss any special needs (discipline, eating, rest stops, student counts, pick-up time at the destination, etc.) prior to departure. Eating on the bus during an activity trip includes the students responsibility to keep the bus free of litter both to and from the activity. Any damage to the bus, including littering, is reported to the main chaperon and to the transportation supervisor upon completion of the trip.

BUS DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES (INFORMAL)

(Note: Include here your primary student management/violence prevention program. "Kids In Charge" is presented here).
Kids In Charge is an informal program that often gives the child and the parents greater control over disciplinary action where that is welcomed. Kids in Charge lets the child choose an alternative to a formal bus ticket, when the driver and the child decide that's a reasonable option. Drivers receiving training for this program are recommended to offer this option where appropriate. Informal management of student discipline can include some or all of the following:

BUS DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES (FORMAL)

Bus Citations are issued to a student, usually after verbal warnings, when the student refuses to behave themselves. Citations will not be issued unless the student clearly refuses to comply with the rules and expectations pertaining to students riding our school buses. The bus drivers guidelines regarding the issuance of citations are as follows:

WHEN A STUDENT'S DECISION IS TO REFUSE THE BUS DRIVER'S DIRECTIONS

All students and staff are involved in helping to keep our school buses safe, beginning with information the students and parents need to help keep a safe, orderly and harrassment-free school bus environment. For the students that interfere with helping to maintain a safe bus environment, the driver usually gives a warning. If the misbehavior continues or escalates to other violations a warning may build to moving the student to another seat, returning the student to the school, parent contact, a bus citation and possible loss of school transportation privileges.

The severity of the infraction determines the level of *action taken by the school. The school principal, or designee, will access the misbehavior, consider requests, assign the appropriate level and may determine an in-school suspension is appropriate discipline for some infractions. Students in sports programs may be referred to their coach for disciplinary action.

A student receiving a second citation is also reported to the transportation supervisor for possible additional monitoring and intervention. A student receiving a third citation may be referred directly to the transportation department administration or other Superintendent's designee.

Level 1 - Results in student authored plan describing the problem and student's strategy to help correct the behavior, or parent conference and student plan, or student plan and one, two or three-day suspension of bus riding privileges.

Level 2 - Results in immediate removal from the bus that trip and may result in a five to ten-day suspension of bus riding privileges.

Level 3 - Results in immediate removal from the bus that trip and may result in immediate suspension of bus riding privileges and a hearing with the District Superintendent, or designee, to consider expulsion from bus riding privileges for the remainder of the school semester or school year. These types of infractions can include but are not limited to: persistent refusals to follow the bus driver's directions, bringing a weapon on the bus, harassing or bullying another student or the driver, physically assaulting another student or the driver, giving a false name or making a false report.

*Note: In the event the driver or school staff waives the right to take a specific action on one occurrence does not mean an action will be waived upon a reoccurrence.

(Safe Schools kic_tpol, Rev. 03/11/2004)

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