SCHOOL BUS RULES Riding the school bus is a privilege – not a right. Improper behavior may result in a student being removed from riding the bus either on a temporary or permanent basis. 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. The bus is an extension of the classroom and misbehavior will not be tolerated. Two (2) digital cameras are on every bus to record the activity that occurs throughout the bus and at the bus door. 1) 2) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. The bus driver is in charge. Students must obey the driver. Students are to ride their assigned bus. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES Waiting to Board a Bus Arrive at the bus stop five (5) minutes ahead of your scheduled time. The bus must leave at the designated time. Wait until the bus stops. Stand well away from the street as the bus approaches. Form a quiet, uniform line to board. Littering or damaging property on or near the bus is prohibited. Keep sidewalks clear of books, clothing and other articles. Observe all rules of conduct governing student behavior (see the Student handbook and standard of conduct form). Report to the principal, parent/guardian any suspicious persons or activities. Remain with the group and do not talk to strangers or get into stranger’s car. Riding the Bus Be seated immediately and remain facing forward. Remain seated until the bus arrives at your stop and you receive instructions to unload. 2. Hold books and all personal items in your lap. Do not block the aisle. 3. Pets and animals of any kind are not permitted on the bus. 4. Extending arms, legs or head out of the bus is prohibited. 5. Throwing objects on the bus or out of the window is prohibited. 6. Refrain from distracting or talking to the bus driver except in an emergency. 7. Tampering with or damaging bus equipment is prohibited. Student and/or parent/guardians will be held liable. 8. Fighting, pushing, shoving or creating loud disturbances is prohibited. 9. Smoking, eating and drinking are not permitted. 10. Place trash in receptacle provided near front of the bus. 11. Use of profanity or obscene gestures is prohibited. 12. Bringing weapons or dangerous instruments of any kind is prohibited. 13. Be aware that the Blue Springs, Independence or Lee’s Summit Police may stop and search any school bus at any time for illegal items. Students found with weapons, liquor, drugs, etc. will be arrested. 14. Observe all rules of conduct governing student behavior. 1. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Responsibilities of Parents Read, discuss and review this Handout AND the Transportation Section of the Student handbook. Encourage your children to observe all established guidelines. Get to know your bus driver. Report to the Transportation Department (816-224-1385) any related traffic hazards or abuses of any school bus observed operating carelessly. Report all observed misconduct on school busses and at school bus stops to the principal. Place identification of your child where the bus driver can retrieve it, if necessary. Report to the police any strangers observed at or near bus pick up/drop off points. See that children are at the bus stop five (5) minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Refer to the Student Handbook and Board Policy for more specific information.
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