When students arrive by bus, they must remain on campus and enter the building immediately. Students are to board buses in an orderly fashion. No students who leave campus and then come back will be permitted to board their bus. Students must remain in the bus boarding area. Once on the bus, students are to take seats immediately without excessive noise or horseplay.
The school bus is an extension of the school. Therefore, the same student controls apply here as in the classroom. If practical means for transportation are not possible, as determined by the principal, students may make up class work missed due to suspension from the bus. Students' and drivers' responsibilities are as follows:
1. Before getting on the bus (at the bus stop and at the school)
a. Be on time at the designated school bus stop; keep the bus on schedule.
b. Stand at least ten feet back of the roadway if possible. Remain in the driveway whenever possible. Orderly and safe conduct shall prevail at all bus stops.
c. Bus riders will not move toward the bus at the school-loading zone until the bus has been brought to a complete stop.
2. While on the bus
a. The driver is in charge of the students and the bus. Students must obey the driver promptly.
b. Good classroom conduct is to be observed by students while riding on the bus except for ordinary conversation.
c. The seats are designed for three students and no student shall stand. Students shall not save seats.
d. Keep heads and hands inside the bus at all times.
e. Be orderly and quiet while traveling in a bus. Scuffling, fighting, eating, drinking, spitting, using obscene language and smoking are forbidden. (Remember that loud talking and laughing and unnecessary confusion divert the driver's attention and may result in a serious accident.)
f. Assist in keeping the bus safe and sanitary at all times by not throwing paper and other rubbish on the floor of the bus.
g. Treat bus equipment as you would furniture in your own home. Damage to seats, etc., must be paid for by the offender.
h. Do not tamper with the bus or any of its equipment.
i. Keep books, packages, coats and all other objects out of the aisle. Be especially careful with any glass containers being taken to and from school.
j. Help look after the safety and comfort of small children.
k. Do not throw anything out the bus window.
l. Do not leave your seat while the bus is in motion.
m. Students are expected to be courteous to fellow students and to the bus driver.
n. Be absolutely quiet when approaching a railroad crossing.
o. In case of a road emergency, students must remain in the bus unless otherwise instructed by the driver.
p. Every bus rider must abide by these rules or be deprived of the right to ride on the bus.
q. Missouri law does not permit animals aboard a school bus.
3. After leaving the bus
a. If it is necessary to cross the road after getting off the bus, do so at least ten feet in front of the bus, and ONLY after looking to be sure that no traffic is approaching from either direction, and at the direction of the driver.
b. Help look after the safety and comfort of small children.
c. Be alert to the danger signal from the driver.
d. The driver will not discharge riders at places other than at the regular bus stops unless by proper authorization from the parent and school officials.
4. While on special trips
a. The above rules and regulations will apply to any trip under school sponsorship.
b. Students shall respect the wishes of a competent chaperone furnished by the school. The chaperone is to work with the bus driver who is in charge of the bus.
DISTRICT GUIDELINES FOR HANDLING DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS ON THE SCHOOL BUS
In the event of a discipline problem, the bus driver shall speak privately to the student. If a large group is involved, the driver shall speak to the group.
Problems that cannot be settled by the driver will be referred to the principal. All problems referred to the principal shall be submitted on the "Misconduct Report" form. Following are guidelines for handling discipline problems:
First Offense: On the first written misconduct report, the principal will confer with student and contact parent/guardian by phone or letter. It will be within the discretion of the principal to decide whether it is necessary to send a written report to the parent/guardian of the student.
Second Offense: On the second written misconduct report, the student is to be suspended from the transportation system until communication has been made between parent/guardian and principal attempting to resolve the problem.
Third Offense: On the third written misconduct report, the student shall be suspended automatically two (2) to ten (10) school days from the transportation system. The seriousness of the offense shall determine the exact length of the suspension.
Fourth Offense: On the fourth written misconduct report, the student may be suspended from the bus indefinitely. At this time, a conference will be held with the following people in attendance:
a. Building Principal/designee
b. Assistant Principal
c. Director of Transportation/designee
All other interested people may be included in this conference if it seems necessary. It will be the responsibility of this group, under the direction of the building principal/designee, to discuss and decide whether the student will be allowed to ride the bus for the remainder of the school year. Director of Transportation may review.
Unusually serious offenses, i.e., student threatening another student, smoking, or shooting fireworks, will be dealt with individually.
If a student is smoking or holding a lighted cigarette on the bus, he/she will be suspended from school for five (5) school days. A repeat of the offense may lead to permanent suspension from school transportation.
The parent/guardian must be notified when a student is denied transportation. Any student who is brought to school on the transportation system must be taken home on the transportation system or discharged to the supervision of a school authority. A driver must never put a student off the bus other than at the student’s regular stop; however, the driver may take the student back to school. If it is necessary to discharge the student at the school, the student must be discharged into the supervision of a school authority. With written parent permission and approval of the principal, the student may be let off at another stop, provided that it is a regular stop and that the student will not have to cross more than two lanes of traffic to get to his/her home.
Any offense committed by a student on a District-owned or contracted bus shall be punished in the same manner as if the offense had been committed at the student’s assigned school. In addition, bus riding privileges may be suspended or revoked.