Student Information/Bus Rules
The following is taken from Campbell County School District's Transportation policy, view the full policy here.
STUDENT & PARENT INFORMATION
BASIC BUS RULES
Follow the driver’s/aide’s instructions.
Stay seated, face forward, and keep the aisle clear.
Keep hands and feet to yourself.
Talk quietly. Foul language and unruly behavior is not permitted.
EATING AND DRINKING ON THE BUS
Food and beverages may be allowed on daily local buses for safety reasons (i.e., extremely hot weather) or medical health conditions listed in CCSD Policy 5202-R.
BUS STOP SAFETY
Stay 15 feet away from the bus.
Stay on the sidewalk until the bus comes to a complete stop.
When approaching or going away from the bus, students must cross only in front of the bus.
Students are to form a line as the bus pulls up and are not to push or shove each other for the obvious reason that pushing and shoving can result in injury or a student getting pushed under the wheels of the bus.
Please ask your students never to chase after a bus to get on it. We are extremely concerned that a student may fall, or in some manner, not be seen and be injured by the moving bus. The student has missed the bus once the doors are shut, and the bus is moving away from the parked position. When this occurs at a school, the student should return inside the school and make the appropriate calls. Parents/guardians should have in place appropriate remedies should the student miss the bus at their stop and discuss these with the student.
Once inside the bus, the student is to proceed directly to his/her seat and be seated so all students may get onto the bus in a timely manner. If the student leaves the bus after entering it, they may be left behind as the bus will not wait for them to return. The students will not be allowed on at other schools or stops without prior approval or, if allowed on, will receive a bus discipline form.
Students are allowed ten minutes to load onto the bus after school. This short loading period is necessary to maintain schedules between secondary and elementary routes in the afternoon. Students who are late will be left behind and will have to go back into the school and arrange for a ride.
Windows will be up on the sidewalk side of the bus during loading after school. This is to prevent the negative interaction (spitting and grabbing) that occurs as other students pass along the outside of the bus. Violation of this rule can result in loss of riding privileges. Street-side windows may be open as needed. After the bus pulls away from the stop, the other windows may be open. Students will not be allowed to hang any part of their body out of a bus window or throw anything out of a window.
Harassment issues, especially student-to student will be dealt with and monitored on the bus. Student rights dictate a respectable and safe ride home. These can be difficult issues to address and require good communication between district personnel and parents and students. Seat assignments of elementary buses are made with a maximum of three to a seat. Secondary buses seat assignments are made with a maximum of two to a seat. Students are not allowed to stand while the bus is in motion.
Students who fail to follow the rules or to obey the driver will lose bus privileges. The bus discipline report is a progressive step procedure structured by the Board of Trustees, and over which the drivers has discretion, are: a warning: one (1) day suspension; three (3) day suspension; ten (10) day suspension; and full loss of bus privileges. Any step may be skipped or repeated if behavior dictates. Riding the bus is a privilege. Students may lose the privilege if they do not follow the rules. The driver’s primary job is to watch the road and drive the bus. When distracted by student behavior, drivers will apply the discipline rules for the safety of all involved.
A student who creates a serious behavior infraction/safety violation may be taken off the bus by a principal at a school or in route by a supervisor or law enforcement official. All other dismissals will occur at the assigned stop of the student.
Fighting will generally result in both parties involved losing bus privileges. Hitting or tripping is unacceptable behavior.
Students who intentionally damage the bus (including seats, seat belts, windows, etc.) will be required to pay for this damage and may lose busing privileges.
Students loading and unloading must have clear access to the aisle. Sitting students will keep feet and knees out of the aisle. Blocking the aisle creates a safety hazard and may result in the loss of bus privileges.
Some alternate discipline steps that a driver may impose are:
Loss of AM/FM radio privileges
Assigned seats for one or all
Discipline arrangements with the school at the principal’s discretion
Students will be required to present the misconduct paper, signed by the parent and returned to the bus driver on the return date, to regain busing privileges. A phone call by the parent guardian to Transportation Department is acceptable in place of the signed paper. This process is established to hold students accountable for their actions and to insure that parents are aware of the concerns/behavior.
ITEMS NOT ALLOWED ON THE BUS
WEAPONS IDENTIFIED IN TWO CATEGORIES:
Articles commonly used or designed to inflict bodily harm or to intimidate other persons. Examples are firearms, knuckles, knives, chains, clubs, etc.
Articles designed for other purposes but which are being used or threatened to be used to inflict bodily harm or intimidate. Examples are belts, combs, pencils, files, scissors, spray aerosol etc.
A Student who has caused injury to another person with a weapon, intended or unintended, will be subjective to disciplinary action.
Possession of a weapon on school property, on a school bus, or at any school-sponsored activity is prohibited. A student found to be in possession of a weapon on school premises before, during or after school, or at any school-sponsored activity, will be subject to disciplinary action.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS/ANIMALS/BIG PROJECTS
Instruments will be accommodated wherever possible, but it may depend on the bus. Large instruments such as bass fiddles, tubas, or large drums are too big for the bus unless special circumstances exist.
Students are expected to follow the same rules as regular bus rides, generally the teacher or sponsor will be in charge of students while on field trips.