8245 R1 - Rules and Regulations for Students Riding Buses

Adopted
6/19/78

Revised
8/25/92
10/1/96
8/20/13

These rules and regulations have been established for the safety of students riding school buses.

PRIOR TO LOADING

  1. Students are to be at their designated bus stop five minutes before pick-up time.
  2. At the bus stop, while waiting for the bus, students are to stay off the traveled portion of the roadway and respect private property.
  3. Students are to cross the street in front of the bus and not behind it.

WHILE ON THE BUS

  1. Upon entering the bus, students are to go directly to their seats, sit down facing forward, with their feet out of the aisle, and remain seated.
  2. Students are under the supervision of the bus driver and must obey the driver at all times.
  3. Students are to conduct themselves in a manner that will not distract the driver and not disturb other riders on the bus.
  4. Students are to ride only their regularly assigned bus and leave the bus at their regular stop. To ride another bus or get off at a different stop requires the written permission of a parent or guardian.
  5. Students should only open bus windows only if the driver gives permission. Hands, head, legs, etc. are to be kept inside the bus at all times. No objects are to be thrown or passed through open windows or doors.
  6. Items not allowed on the bus include all forms of animal life (except service animals), firearms, weapons (including, but not limited to, knives), breakable containers (glass bottles, aquariums, etc.), flammables, and all other articles which could adversely affect the safety of the bus and passengers.
  7. Standards for student conduct on buses shall be the same as standards for student conduct in all other school-sponsored activities.

FIELD AND ATHLETIC TRIP BUS RULES

It is important for the bus driver, teacher, or coach to communicate prior to the beginning of the trip. Any changes to these rules will be announced to the passengers before the trip begins.

  1. The bus driver has the responsibility for the safety of the students while they are on the bus.
  2. Students must stay seated and facing the front of the bus.
  3. Appropriate behavior and voice levels are to be used on the bus at all times and controlled by the teacher or coach. The driver will notify the teacher or coach when the students are too loud.
  4. The bus must be left clean and neat.
  5. Passengers may open windows, with the bus driver's permission only, but may not stick or throw anything out of the window.
  6. Loading and unloading of equipment only will be allowed through the emergency doors and with the driver's prior permission.
  7. All trips must have an adult representative of the school district accompanying the students on the buses.
  8. Lunches or other types of food are to be eaten off the bus, if possible, and weather permitting. This should be a joint decision between the driver and the teacher or coach.
  9. Radio/tape players will be allowed on the bus but the playing of a radio/tape player and the type of music played will be up to the driver and teacher or coach.

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