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Safety and Responsibilites

kids in windowListed here are the parent, student, school bus driver responsibilities and school bus safety rules that will help to ensure safe transportation for our students.

 

Parent Responsibilities


What are the parent's responsibilities?

  • View "Play It Safe" video with elementary and/or new students to district that will be bus riders. Click here to view the "Play It Safe" Video
  • Have your child ready for school and ready at the bus stop five minutes before pick-up time.

  • Teach your child their full name, home address, and telephone number where an adult family member may be contacted in an emergency.

  • Review the Rules for Riding the Bus.

  • If necessary, accompany your child to the curb at the bus stop.

 

What are the parent's responsibilities at drop-off time?

  • In the event you are unable to be home when your child arrives, arrange an alternate plan with your child: where to go, a hidden key, talk to a neighbor, etc. This is especially critical during periods of inclement weather when late starts, early releases or school cancellations are possible. Careful planning for the unexpected can greatly reduce your child's anxieties!

  • It is recommended to be at the bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to drop off your child.

  • Kindergarteners must be received by parent or designee. If neither are present, student will be returned to school.

 

How can a parent help to make the school bus safe?

  • Teach your child the school bus safety rules and appropriate bus riding behavior.

 

What if my child needs to get off at a stop other than the assigned stop?

  • Your child must have a note signed and dated by yourself. Your child’s homeroom teacher will need to see the note before he gives it to the bus driver. This is a protection for your child.

  • Be aware that each child has only one bus stop. Any change to the stop must be made in writing by the parent, and for each occurrence.

  • Please do not request that your child's Cub Scout group, or other group ride home with your child. Transportation is not able to accommodate groups, as it is likely to cause overcrowding on buses.

 

Student Responsibilities


What behavior is expected of a student while riding the school bus?

We expect all students to follow the rules for riding the bus to ensure their safety as well as others who ride the bus.

 

How will safety infractions be handled?

When a report is filed with the principal, a conference will be held with the student to determine the disciplinary action. The parents may be required to reimburse the district for any monetary damages sustained by misconduct of the pupil. For more information visit Bus Discipline Procedures.

 

School Bus Driver Authority and Responsibilities


What authority does the bus driver have?

  • Pupils transported in a school bus shall be under the authority and responsibility of the bus driver.

  • Misconduct by a student shall be dealt with in accordance with Board policy, administrative regulations and rules, and may result in suspension of bus riding privileges.

 

What are the school bus driver’s responsibilities?

They are responsible for driving the bus safely, transporting the students, and keeping to the route time schedule. School bus drivers are professional, commercially licensed drivers with special training. They are employees of the school district.

 

Special Transportation Safety & Responsibilities

If your child receives special transportation, please read the parent, student, school bus driver, bus monitor responsibilities, and safety rules. Services for special school buses begin in three to five days as outlined in the IEP. Please review your copy of the ARD committee proceedings for your information. If further information is required, please call the transportation department at 732-9050 and press option 1 to speak with Dispatcher.

 

Parent Responsibilities

 

What are the parent's responsibilities?

  • Have your child fully clothed, toileted, and ready at the bus stop five minutes before pick-up time.

  • Accompany your child to the curb.

  • Notify the transportation department, on a daily basis, when your child will not be transported.

  • Notify the school in advance if your address, phone number, or child care arrangements change...

  • If wait time exceeds 3 minutes, driver is instructed to proceed.

 

What is the parent's responsibility at drop-off time?

  • If your child receives special transportation follow these additional guidelines:

  • Meet your child at the curb so that the driver can make custodial transfer of your child to you or another responsible person.

  • Students who are not met will be returned to the school unless other arrangements have been made with the Transportation office.   

 

How can a parent help to make the school bus safe?

  • Teach your child the school bus safety rules and appropriate bus riding behavior. Student Behavior (Special Transportation)

 

What behavior is expected of a student while riding the school bus?

  • We expect all students to follow the bus safety rules for the safety of your child and others who ride the bus.

 

How will discipline problems be handled?

  • Bus behavior problems are reported to the school by the bus driver or the bus monitor.

  • The principal's office decides what the disciplinary action will be such as: detention, suspension from school, suspension of bus riding privileges, and parent conferences to enforce safe behavior on the bus.

    

School Bus Driver Responsibilities

 

What are the school bus driver's responsibilities?

  • School bus drivers are professional drivers, commercially licensed with special training.

  • They are employees of the school district.

  • They are responsible for driving the bus safely, transporting the students, and staying on time.

  • If there is not a bus monitor, the bus driver performs the bus monitor's duties.

   

 

Bus Monitor Responsibilities

 

 

What are school bus monitor’s responsibilities?

  • School bus monitors assist the drivers by ensuring that all students are safe on the bus.

  • They secure seat belts, wheelchairs, necessary supports, etc.

  • They maintain discipline on the bus.  They see that students stay in their seats, and report problems to the schools.

  • They seek emergency medical help when needed.

  • Bus monitors are provided where they are most needed.