Rules of Conduct for Students Riding School Buses
The general rules of proper bus conduct are:
- Respect and obey the driver
- Sit in your seat facing the front
- Keep aisles clear
- Keep your hands and feet to yourself
- Be respectful toward others
- Talk quietly
- No talking at railroad crossings
- Keep the bus clean
- Do not damage the bus
1. The driver is in full charge of the bus and pupils. Pupils must obey the driver and any other supervisor assigned by the District to assist the driver.
2. When a teacher, coach or other certified staff member is assigned to accompany students on a bus, such person shall be primarily responsible for the behavior of the pupils in his/her charge. However, the bus driver shall have final authority and responsibility.
3. Pupils shall ride in their regularly assigned bus at all times unless the appropriate authority has granted permission.
4. No pupil shall be permitted to leave the bus except at his/her regular stop without written permission from school authorities.
5. Each pupil may be assigned a seat in which he/she will be seated at all times unless permission to change is given by the school principal and/or driver.
6. Outside of ordinary conversation, classroom conduct must be observed.
7. Pupils are to assist in keeping the bus clean by keeping their waste paper off the floor. Pupils must also refrain from throwing refuse out of the windows. Eating or drinking is not allowed except when specifically authorized and supervised by an accompanying teacher, coach or other assigned staff member.
8. No pupil will light matches or any other item on the school bus.
9. Pupils shall not use tobacco, alcohol, drugs or any controlled substances on a bus.
10. Pupils shall not use profanity, obscene language or obscene gestures on a bus.
11. Pupils shall respect the rights and safety of others on the bus.
12. No pupil shall open a window on the school bus without first getting permission from the driver.
13. No pupil shall at any time extend any part of his/her body out of a bus window, whether the bus is in motion or standing still.
14. Pupils must have nothing in their possession that may cause injury to another. Such items include, but are not limited to, sticks, breakable containers, firearms, straps or pins extending from their clothing.
15. Any type of animal is not permitted on the bus, except for “seeing eye” dogs.
16. Each pupil must keep his/her books and personal belongings out of the aisle. Special permission must be granted to transport any large items.
17. No pupil will be allowed to talk to the driver more than is necessary.
18. No pupil shall sit in the driver’s seat, nor shall any pupil be to the immediate left or right of the driver.
19. Pupils are to remain seated while the bus is in motion and are not to get on or off the bus until it has come to a full stop.
20. Pupils must leave the bus in an orderly manner and must obey the orders of the school safety patrolman on bus duty. They must not cross the highway until given consent by the driver. When boarding or leaving the bus, pupils should be in view of the driver at all times.
21. Pupils must cross the highway only in front of the school bus and never behind it.
22. Pupils must not stand or play in the roadway while waiting for the bus. Pupils should leave home early enough to arrive at the bus stop before the bus is due.
23. Self-discipline should be exercised by pupils at the bus loading area. Students should refrain from pushing and shoving other students.
24. Pupils who have to walk some distance along the highway to the bus-loading zone, where practicable, must walk on the left side facing the oncoming traffic. This will also apply to pupils leaving the bus-loading zone in the evening.
25. Students’ misconduct on a bus will be sufficient reason to discontinue providing bus transportation to those students involved.
26. In the event of an actual emergency, emergency exit procedures, as established by the emergency exit drills, will be followed.
27. Parents or guardians of students damaging school buses will be responsible for reimbursing the District for the cost of repair or replacement of the damaged item(s).
28. Pupils are not to run errands between the bus stop and their home.
Note: Violations of any of the above rules may result in suspension of a pupil’s bus riding privileges.
Definition: Behavior that is determined by the driver to be in violation of Cheney School District policy.
· First Offense:
Bus suspension (1 day). Conference with student.
· Second Offense:
Bus suspension (3 days). Conference with
student. Parent notification.
· Third Offense:
Bus suspension (5 days). Conference with
student. Parent notification.
· Fourth Offense:
Bus suspension (10 days). Conference with
student. Parent notification.
· Fifth Offense:
Long term bus suspension. Removal for remainder
of school year.
For security and safety precautions, parking has been assigned to staff and students in order to regulate movement of personnel entering the building. For that reason, only the front doors of the school will be unlocked before, during, and after school. All other doors, unless monitored and supervised, will remain closed and locked. There may be periodic exceptions to this but only with the approval of the administration and/or safety and security.
1. All vehicles must be registered at the front office or security office.
2. No Student is to drive or ride in an automobile or other motor-driven vehicle during his/her scheduled school day (exception: lunch period) without the permission of the school administration. Students must check out with main office personnel prior to leaving the building.
3. Students are not to be in a motor vehicle in a designated school parking lot unless arriving or departing from school. No one is to be loitering in the parking lot.
4. Your vehicle is to be parked during the school day in the south lot and in appropriate slots. Slots are designated by parking blocks and lines.
5. Visitor parking will be the horseshoe parking lot.
6. There should be no parking on the east side of north 6th street across from the horseshoe parking lot.
7. Parking is available on the west side of north 6th street along the baseball field fence area.
8. Failure to comply with the above parking regulations shall constitute sufficient cause for discipline, suspension and/or expulsion.
Recommendation of discipline:
· First Violation: Warning
· Second Violation:
Restriction from parking (5 days). Parent contact.
· Third Violation:
Restriction from parking (10 days)
· Forth Violation:
Restriction from parking (30 days)
· Fifth Violation:
Vehicle towed at owners expense - Restriction for
sixty days or to end of school year.
Notices will be accumulative on an annual basis starting with the first of the school year.
Driving On School Property (and Adjacent Streets)
Driving is a privilege and not a right. Drivers are encouraged to be cautious and safe in driving motor vehicles at all times and especially on school property. Drivers observed driving in an unsafe manner will be given a verbal warning and a call will be made to the parents. The third (or more) offense will be reported to the police as well as appropriate disciplinary action taken by the school, up to and including restriction of driving on school property.