II. STUDENT CONDUCT ON BUSES AND IN LOADING ZONES
Students are expected to follow the same standards of behavior on the school bus as in school. The school bus is school property and the school bus ride is part of the school day. With regard to the well-being of our students, the bus driver has the same responsibility and authority as any other school staff member.
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY GUIDELINES
- Follow the directions of the bus driver.
- Stay out of the danger zones outside of the bus.
- Remain seated, facing forward in the seat.
- Keep hands, feet and all objects to yourself.
- Keep all parts of your body in the bus.
- No fighting, harassing, loud behavior or inappropriate language.
- The possession of alcohol/controlled substances, including tobacco products, is prohibited.
(SBR 700-40-4, Consequences for Misbehavior, Applies to all policies of the District)
- Verbal warning - seat reassignment.
- First Referral: Conduct report issued and sent home to parent as a warning.
- Second Referral: Conduct report issued, parent notified, possible detention and/or one to three (1-3) day suspension from the bus.
- Third Referral: Conduct report issued, parent notified, detention and/or three to five (3- 5) day suspension of riding privileges. Conference scheduled with parent and transportation representative.
- Additional Referrals: Conduct report issued, parent notified, suspension of riding privileges for up to the full school year. Conference scheduled with parent, transportation representative and/or building principal.
Offenses that are dangerous or destructive will result in immediate suspension of riding privileges and may include notification of law enforcement officials. The length of suspension and further disciplinary measures will be determined by the degree of the offense. Students damaging school buses will be responsible for the damages. Failure to initiate payment for such damages within three (3) days will result in loss of riding privileges until damages are paid.
Any incident of racism, violence and/or harassment will be investigated and resolved at the district level by the building principal(s) and a transportation representative.
The following are examples of serious behaviors which may result in an automatic suspension of riding privileges for up to the full school year:
- Use of tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs.
- Threat, harm or harassment of any person(s) on the school bus. Transportation supervisor will notify the Human Rights Officer, building principal and may involve law enforcement.
- Possession or use of any dangerous objects (knives, guns, lighters, etc.). Law enforcement will also be notified. (ISD No. 31 has zero tolerance to weapons possessions on any school property.)
- Defying the bus driver.
- Unauthorized exit from any emergency exit.
- Throwing articles in and out of the school bus or throwing articles at the driver.
Records of the school bus/bus stop violations will be forwarded to the individual school building and will be retained in the same manner as other discipline records.
ITEMS NOT ALLOWED ON SCHOOL BUSES
The following items will not be allowed to be transported on school buses. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the driver.
- Animals or insects, (unless necessary to assist a person with a disability, i.e., seeing eye dog).
- Hazardous Materials
- School projects such as hammers or fishing spears.
- Non Roll-up Sleds*
- Golf Clubs*
- Baseball Bats*
*Items may be transported if approved as a school district sport or activity.
Perfumed items such as hair spray (including pumps and/or aerosols), fingernail polish, etc., may be carried but not used inside the bus.
LOADING ZONE SAFETY GUIDELINES
Boarding the Bus:
- Arrive at the bus stop five minutes before the scheduled stop, dressed appropriately for the weather.
- Respect other’s rights at the bus stop.
- Respect private property while waiting for the bus.
- Never play in the street or on snow banks.
- Use appropriate language.
- The use of alcohol, tobacco or any controlled substance is prohibited.
- As the bus approaches, stand at least five feet away until the bus stops. If you can touch the bus, you are too close.
- When crossing the street, always cross at least ten feet in front of the bus, after receiving a signal from the driver that it is safe to do so.
- Board the bus one at a time, avoid crowding or pushing.
Exiting the Bus:
- Remain seated until the bus has made a complete stop, avoid crowding or pushing.
- After exiting the bus, move at least ten feet away, out of the danger zone.
- When crossing the street, cross only after the driver signals it is safe to do so. Cross at least ten feet in front of the bus. NEVER CROSS BEHIND THE BUS.
Parking Lots and Loading Zones
- Students are allowed to access the transportation system (High School/Middle School transfer buses) at all elementary locations in the morning.
- Students that access the transportation at their designated pickup location shall remain on a bus until arrival at their school of attendance.
- Students must access the transportation system at their school of attendance in the afternoon.
- Students with a need to be at another school parking lot or loading zone must obtain written permission from the Transportation Department.
- Violation of this section may result in loss of bus riding privileges or loss of driving privileges on school property.
- Unauthorized persons in loading zones or parking lots may be charged with trespassing in accordance with Minnesota law.