RIDING THE BUS

Document Sample
RIDING THE BUS Powered By Docstoc
					                                                  INTRODUCTION

Dear Parent/Guardian:

The Anderson School District Five Board of Trustees is pleased to provide bus transportation for our students and
consider it a vital part of the educational process. The following rules are for your child’s safety and protection and to
assist the bus driver in transporting your child safely to and from school. Infractions of the following rules will be
reported to the school principal and bus-riding privileges may be withdrawn as deemed appropriate.

The following State Laws give the District the authority to operate school buses and discipline those students who
violate the rule(s):

State Laws                       59-67-240
                                 59-67-245
                                 59-67-250
                                 59-67-470

Federal Law Regulations 34C.F.R. Section 104.37 (a) (2) identifies transportation as a non-academic service which the
District is required to provide to handicapped students in a manner which will afford them an equal opportunity for
participation as that provided to non-handicapped students.

Board Policies                   EEAEC-R – ADMINISTRATIVE RULE
                                 JICDA
                                 JICC

These Board Policies are available online at www.Anderson5.net.

Your assistance in reviewing the rules contained in this handbook with your child/children will greatly assist us in the
safe transportation of our students. Thank you for your help!

Sincerely,

Anderson School District Five Board of Trustees
                                             SCHOOL BUS CONDUCT

The school bus is an extension of school activities; therefore, the Board expects students to conduct themselves on the
bus in a manner consistent with the established standards for safety and classroom behavior. All bus riders must
cooperate fully with the bus driver and observe the bus rules.

The bus driver is responsible for supervision of students on the bus. THE DRIVER MAY STOP THE BUS AT ANY
TIME THAT MISBEHAVIOR OR THREATENED MISBEHAVIOR OFFERS A HAZARD TO SAFE
DRIVING.

The driver will report students who are involved in an infraction of the rules on school buses. The principal or his
designee as authorized by STATE LAW and REGULATION AND BOARD POLICIES may suspend or deny bus
transportation to a student whose conduct is persistently and/or flagrantly detrimental to safety and order on the bus.

                               STUDENT ID BADGE POLICY (SCHOOL BUS)

Purpose: To establish a policy that will reduce the ability of unauthorized riders to board a school bus; thereby creating
a safer environment for our students that ride a school bus.

                        STUDENT ID BADGE PROCEDURE FOR RIDING A SCHOOL BUS

Students are required to have and display a valid ID badge when boarding the school bus.

                        Student ID badges must be worn in a manner that allows them to be visible to the driver when
                         boarding the bus; whether it is at the morning stop or at school for the return trip home. (This
                         will eliminate delays during the boarding process.)

                         If a student does not have an ID badge visible when boarding the bus then the driver will ask to
                         see one.

                        Any student unable to produce a valid ID badge will be issued an “ID Badge Violation”.

                         There will be only one violation issued per student per day. Student referrals must be issued on
                         the day of the 5th violation.

                         The dates of the previous violations must be listed on the student referral that is issued for the
                         5th violation.

                         Fill out a form for each student. (One form can be used five (5) times.)

                        Any student attempting to board the bus at school without an ID badge or a “Permission to
                         Ride” form will be sent back into the school to obtain one.

Students will be allowed to have four (4) violations prior to receiving a “Student Referral” on the 5th violation. An “ID
Badge” violation is a Level One (1) infraction. Transportation will not be refused to a student that does not have
and ID badge (AM route). When boarding at school every student will need to have a valid ID badge or “Permission
to Ride” form filled out completely and signed by a school official. All buses will wait for the student to get a
“PTR” form or a “Temporary ID” if they are sent back to the office.

                                                MEETING THE BUS

 1. Students must be on time.
 2. Students must not run alongside the bus when the bus is moving; rather, students must wait until the bus stops and
    then walk to the door.
 3. Students should check carefully before crossing the road. Unfortunately, not all drivers stop for school buses.
 4. As the bus approaches, students should stand ten (10) feet from the point where the bus will stop.
                                                   RIDING THE BUS

 1. Students should go to their assigned seats without crowding or pushing and remain seated while the bus is in
    motion.
 2. Students should not throw paper or any other objects out the window or on the bus.
 3. Students should keep their arms, legs and head inside of the bus.
 4. Students should not talk to the driver while the bus is in motion unless there is an emergency.
 5. Students should never tamper with the emergency exits or any other bus equipment.
 6. Students should not stand up, change seats or move about while the bus is in motion.
 7. Students should always obey a command given by the driver.
 8. Students must not fight or scuffle on the bus. Unusual activity diverts the driver’s attention and could cause
    an accident of a serious nature.
 9. Students may be required to sit three to a seat when necessary.
10. Students must not place objects such as books, band instruments, lunch boxes or other items in the aisle of the
    bus.
11. Students should use no profane language, threats, obscenities or gestures at any time.
12. Students must not deface or cause damage to a bus in any way. When damage is caused, such as cutting,
    tearing, punching holes in seats or writing on the school bus, the cost of repair or clean-up will be paid for
    by the student performing the act or his/her parent or guardian.
13. Students must depart from the bus in an orderly manner.
14. Students shall not have in their possession any type of weapon or dangerous article which might be used as a
    weapon.
15. No students or other authorized passengers may stand in the stepwell at any time.
16. Students are not allowed to have electronic devices while on the bus. (Examples: Pagers, Cell Phones, Radios,
    CD Players, Game Boy, Etc.)

                                    FOOD AND DRINK ON SCHOOL BUSES

Food and drink should not be consumed on a school bus. Bottles and cans are NOT ALLOWED on buses at any time.

                               HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ON SCHOOL BUSES

Glass articles, live animals, reptiles, insects, flowers, balloons, volatile substances or other articles that might be
hazardous are NEVER allowed on the school buses.

Large articles that students cannot hold or those that take needed seating space, obstruct the aisle of the bus, obstruct the
use/access of any emergency exits or obstruct the front service door will not be allowed on school buses. Unless such
items can be placed in an empty bus seat (only if space is available), in the student’s lap or between the student’s feet;
and only if this can be done so safely. No items are allowed on the back engine compartment of transit buses.

                                                  LEAVING THE BUS

 1. Students must remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
 2. Students should exit the bus in an orderly manner.
 3. Students should get off the bus at the school they attend; and the school only.
 4. Students must not loiter or play around stopped or parked buses.
 5. Students may leave the bus at their designated stop only. Any changes must be made with the parent’s/guardian’s
    request approved by a school official.
 6. Students should go around to the front of the bus and wait until the driver directs them to cross.

                                           IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY

  1.   Students must stay in their seat until the driver explains to them what to do.
  2.   Students must not touch emergency or safety equipment unless told to do so by the driver or bus assistant.
  3.   Students should not crowd; let those students closest to the exits go first.
  4.   Students should keep their hands free, leaving all books and other items on the bus.
  5.   Students should move away from the exits quickly so others can leave.
                                                    Policy


STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL BUSES

                                                                                 Code   JICC    Issued   6/10

Purpose: To establish the basic structure for student conduct on school buses.

The bus driver will be responsible for supervising students while on the bus. Student misconduct may result
in a loss of bus privileges. Acts of misconduct, and the associated disciplinary consequences, are defined as
follows:

Warning-Level Offenses

   refusal to obey
   failure to remain properly seated
   unusually loud talking, laughing, singing or noise-making
   horse playing
   depositing litter on floor of bus
   eating or drinking while on the bus
   wearing hoods, caps or other identity concealing apparel

Note: The principal or his/her designee may impose a suspension of 1-2 days on the third incident for an act
of misconduct that otherwise requires the issuance of a warning.

Minor Suspension-Level Offenses (1-2 day suspension)

   extreme disrespect to driver
   obscene language or obscene gestures
   standing or moving about the bus while bus is in motion
   throwing objects out of window
   sticking head or hands out of window

Major Suspension-Level Offenses (3-5 day suspension)

   scuffling or fighting
   tampering with bus or its equipment

Policy-Level Offenses

   smoking or use of tobacco products (subject to policy JICG)
   bullying, harassment or intimidation (subject to policy JICFAA)
   use of cell phones and/or other noise-making electronic devices (device(s) confiscated (subject to policy
    JICDA)
   failure to wear and display the school-issued identification badge, where applicable (subject to policy
    JICDA)
Other Suspension-Level Offenses

   any other action which interferes with the safe and orderly operation of the school bus (1 – 5 day
    suspension, depending upon circumstances)

Disciplinary action will be taken by the principal or his/her designee as noted above. Suspension of bus
riding privileges within the range of days prescribed above will be determined by the principal or his/her
designee based upon the nature and severity of the act of misconduct and upon the student’s history of acts of
misconduct committed during the current school year. If during the course of a school year a student is
suspended from riding the bus in excess of 19 days (including the act of misconduct that would result in the
19 day limit being exceeded), the student’s bus riding privileges will be revoked for the remainder of the
school year. In cases where a student’s bus riding privileges are suspended or revoked, the principal or the
principal’s designee will send written notification of such to a student’s parents/guardians. In the event that a
student’s bus riding privileges are suspended for the remainder of the school year, the principal or the
principal’s designee may arrange for and attend a conference with the student’s parents/guardians and a
member of the transportation staff to address the act(s) of misconduct and the disciplinary consequences
taken.

Students involved in criminal conduct while on the bus may be suspended from riding the school bus for the
duration of the current school year on the first offense (in addition to any other disciplinary measures taken in
accordance with policy JICDA). Acts of criminal conduct may include, but are not limited to the following:

   assault and battery
   extortion
   possession, use or transfer of dangerous weapons
   sexual offenses
   vandalism (major)
   theft, possession or sale of stolen property
   furnishing or selling unauthorized substances, as defined by board policy
   distribution, sale, purchase, manufacture or unlawful possession of a controlled substance

Permanent Suspension Appeal: Permanent bus suspension occurs when a student’s bus riding privileges are
revoked for the remainder of the school year. If, after a conference with a school administrator, the
parent/legal guardian believes the student's suspension was unjustified, an appeal of the suspension may be
taken to the district hearing officer. To request an appeal, the parent/legal guardian must write a letter to the
hearing officer, advising the hearing officer why it is believed the suspension was unfair. The letter to the
hearing officer must be received by the District within five days after the conference with the school
administrator.

The appeal will be conducted as an informal hearing. The administrator, parent/legal guardian and student
may be present. If the hearing officer and the parent/legal guardian agree, the student may be dismissed
during portions of the hearing. The parent/legal guardian, student and administrator will be allowed to
address the hearing officer.

Within 5 school days of the hearing, the hearing officer will render a decision as to whether the suspension
was proper. The hearing officer will report his/her decision in writing to the parent/legal guardian, the
superintendent and the school. If the hearing officer decides that the suspension was not proper, the student’s
bus riding privileges will be reinstated.

Adopted 1/17/89; Revised 11/15/94, 4/20/04, 12/12/06, 6/29/10

Legal references:
A. S. C. Code, 1976, as amended:
  1. Section 59-67-240 - Disciplinary powers of bus driver.
  2. Section 59-67-470 - Superintendent to supervise conduct of pupils riding buses.
                                      Hanna-Westside Extension Campus

                                    Regulations for driving TO and FROM

CONSEQUENCES FOR TICKETED AND OBSERVED DRIVING VIOLATIONS BETWEEN TL HANNA
or WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL AND THE HANNA-WESTSIDE EXTENSION CAMPUS

Students and public safety on the road is of utmost concern and importance to Anderson School District Five.
Driving to the Hanna-Westside Extension Campus is a privilege given to students who continually demonstrate
that they drive in a lawful and safe manner. Any student reported being ticketed by city, county or state police
officers for a moving violation taking place between their home school and HWEC during the school day will
receive the following consequences:

FIRST OFFENSE:

The student will lose all driving privileges to and from HWEC for a period of 180 SCHOOL DAYS. In
addition the student will be required to ride the bus during this period of time. The student may NOT ride
with other students during this time. If a parent does not wish their student to ride the bus, a parent may
transport the student.

SECOND OFFENSE:

The student will lose all driving privileges to and from the HWEC for the remainder of their high school
enrollment. In addition the student will be required to ride the bus to any classes taken at HWEC during this
period of time. The student may NOT ride with other students. If a parent does not wish their student to ride
the bus to HWEC, a parent may transport the student.

FACULTY/STAFF REPORTING OF UNSAFE STUDENT DRIVING

Home school principals and/or the HWEC director may take student driving privileges away from a student
between the home school and HWEC when they witness reckless or unsafe student driving or if it is reported
by another faculty or staff member. The principal or director will determine how long the student will not be
allowed to drive in these instances.

THESE CONSEQUENCES ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED FOR THE PURPOSE OF KEEPING OUR
STUDENTS AND THE PUBLIC SAFE.
Dear Parent,

Your child rides a school bus in Anderson School District Five. Please find below the numbers to call if you
have any questions pertaining to routing or late buses.

                                       Dispatch: 260-5070: Available from 6:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

You may also call the number to the school that your child attends:

T.L. Hanna High School.....................................................................................................................................260-5110

Westside High School.........................................................................................................................................260-5230

Hanna/Westside Extension Campus.................................................................................................................260-5160

Lakeside Middle School.....................................................................................................................................260-5135

McCants Middle School.....................................................................................................................................260-5145

Southwood Middle School.................................................................................................................................260-5205

Calhoun Academy of the Arts...........................................................................................................................260-5090

Centerville Elementary School..........................................................................................................................260-5100

Concord Elementary School..............................................................................................................................260-5105

Homeland Park Elementary School..................................................................................................................260-5125

McLees Elementary School...............................................................................................................................716-3600

Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering...............................................................................716-3800

Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation..............................................................................................260-5190

New Prospect Elementary School......................................................................................................................260-5195

South Fant Early Childhood and Education Center.......................................................................................260-5225

Varennes Academy of Communication and Technology................................................................................260-5215

West Market Early Childhood and Education Center....................................................................................260-5200

Whitehall Elementary School............................................................................................................................260-5255

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:0
posted:10/1/2012
language:English
pages:8