5128-R - Rules and Regulations for Students Transported in School Buses

  • Campbell County School District (CCSD) shall establish and maintain standards for school busing as follows:

    Busing Handbook (Updated July, 2016)

    The transportation department of Campbell County School District takes this mission very seriously. The personnel of the department know what part they play in this role. We look forward to working with each of you in providing a service of which we are proud and trust.

    Campbell County School District is committed to the safe and timely transporting of all Campbell County students eligible to ride a bus.  The policies and procedures for the Transportation Department are set by the Board of Trustees.  Busing is not a required service and is the decision of the local Board as to the extent it will be provided, walking and bus rider areas have been established, including discipline procedures to maintain order on the bus.  Certain high traffic student crossing areas will have safety patrol personnel to help students cross, or busing available.

    Written copies of Board policies for busing are available upon request or available online from the CCSD website.  The policies establish busing services as part of the Campbell County School District.  Department operating procedures more directly affect day to day operations.  Transportation department staff works very closely with each school.  The State of Wyoming Department of Education does have a direct involvement in local busing and does establish minimum standards for buses and rules of operation, including types of roads traveled and walking distances.

    School busing necessitates with a large number of students in a short period of time. The community benefits from this form of mass transit which transports students in a timely and safe manner. In order to meet the challenge of providing this essential service, rules are necessary to keep the system running efficiently and keep all aspects under control. Every attempt is made to keep rules to a minimum while maintaining student and staff safety as well as encouraging parental involvement. The department will communicate with parents to insure you have the means and opportunity to address concerns and have knowledge of changes that affect you and your students.

    Please remember that communication is necessary to provide the best service possible.  If you have concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to call us.  The sooner we are aware of a problem, the more timely we can be working on it.  Transportation personnel take their job very seriously and realize that we have been entrusted with transporting your children.  We give you our commitment to do the best job possible.

    Drivers must maintain a C.D.L. (Commercial Driver’s License), D.O.T. physical, driving record documentation, participate in a drug & alcohol testing program, and continued training and education in driving and student discipline as part of the District’s commitment.

    PARENT INFORMATION

    Buses, as an extension of school district property, are subject to district policies and procedures. We will utilize video on the buses as necessary to help in student discipline.  Parents may request to view a video. Please contact the transportation department to schedule a time.

    ALTERNATE BUS REQUESTS

    A note signed by a parent is required if a student is not to get off at the assigned stop.  This is to ensure that your child is where you expect them to be.  We are committed to being at assigned stops, both a.m. and p.m., on time.  Prohibiting abductions and traffic-related accidents, which might occur should students walk home from the wrong stop, all enter into this request for notes from parents.  Students are assigned to the bus stop closest to their address.

    Friends of students riding home with bus students will need a note from each child’s parent giving permission.

    Guest on the Bus Program is available for parents to ride the bus.  Please contact the Transportation Department for more information.

    CANCELLING A BUS RIDE

    Transportation does not require parents to notify dispatch if your student will not be riding the bus. Generally buses pick up multiple students at each stop or need to make all of the stops to stay on schedule.

    However if you live in a rural area and your student is the only child at the stop and you are able to notify dispatch or your driver that your student will not be riding it is appreciated.

    BUS STOPS

    Students are expected to be at the bus stops on time and this expectation must be enforced.  If they are late and the bus must wait, a bus discipline form will be sent home so parents are aware of the concern.  We request that students be at the stops five (5) minutes before the bus arrival, but we will also take into consideration the extreme weather conditions in the winter months.

                           

    The problems for everyone begins when a bus driver waits an additional minute or two for each student to get to the bus and after 15 or more stops, the students up at the end of the routes consequently, have to wait 15 to 30 minutes for the bus.  Also, most in-town buses run two runs, a secondary and an elementary.  Please help us to stay on schedule by having your student at the bus stop on time.  Generally, elementary will have more stops than secondary

    Student behavior and situations that occur at the bus stops will be the responsibility of parents unless the event occurs while the driver is pulling up and actually sees the occurrence.  If the driver observes a problem, appropriate actions can be taken including loss of bus privileges.  Vandalism at bus stops will result in the loss of bus privileges and possible criminal charges.

    Wyoming Department of Education establishes walking distances for students depending on age. WDOE also regulates the type and conditions of roads school buses travel on.

    SEAT BELTS

    The larger buses may have seat belts. Safety in these buses is based on the concept of “compartmentalization”. Under this theory, students are better protected by the strength of the bus, distance between the seats, and padding in the seats and surrounding area rather than belted in the seat.  To further understand the principle of compartmentalization information is available at the Transportation Department

    Smaller buses are equipped with seat belts.  The main difference is the lighter bus chassis which makes it more vulnerable to damage.


    CCSD is in the process of replacing all buses to be equipped with seat belts. Per Wyoming state bus replacement rules, a limited amount of buses are eligible for replacement each year.


    Students are required to wear seat belts on a bus so equipped and loss of bus privileges may result if students refuse to do so.  Booster seats are not required by publicly owned transportation.

     

    SNOW DAY PROCEDURES

    Special snow day procedures will be implemented when necessary.  This is a five (5) step system:

    1. Selected route delayed busing-Schools open as scheduled, but selected routes delayed by either one or two hours, depending on route and severity of weather.

    2. Selected route cancellations-Schools open as scheduled, but selected routes canceled.  Parents may transport students but are encouraged not to.

    3. Delayed school start or early release-School start delayed by two hours or released two hours early.

    4. Selected School Closures.

    5. County wide school closure.

    ** In all situations, inclement weather routing may be implemented**

    The decision will be announced on local radio and television stations as near to 6:00 a.m. as possible.  Parents will also be contacted directly from CCSD Administration via an automated telephone calling system used by the district for parent notification.  In order for the system to work efficiently, please make sure your student’s contact information is updated as needed.

    The parent/guardian always has the right to make the decision to not send his/her child to school.

    INCLEMENT WEATHER ROUTING

    Inclement weather or unimproved roads may result in buses not being able to meet the normal schedule which will necessitate that some buses may run inclement weather routes.  Your bus driver will send home an inclement weather route procedure for your area.  Inclement weather information is also posted on the school district’s web site (campbellcountyschools.net).  It is the parent’s responsibility to get the students to the adjusted stop.

    STUDENT AND PARENT INFORMATION

    BASIC BUS RULES

    1. Follow the driver’s/aide’s instructions.

    2. Stay seated, face forward, and keep the aisle clear.

    3. Keep hands and feet to yourself.

    4. Talk quietly. Foul language and unruly behavior is not permitted.

     

    EATING AND DRINKING ON THE BUS

     

    Food and beverages will not be allowed on daily local buses for safety reasons. Exceptions may be allowed for confirmed medical health conditions. (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.

    DISCIPLINE

    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

    DISCIPLINARY REINSTATEMENT

    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:

    1. Articles commonly used or designed to inflict bodily harm or to intimidate other persons. Examples are firearms, knuckles, knives, chains, clubs, etc.

    2. 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.

    FIELD TRIPS

    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.

    ACTIVITIES

    Weekend and late arrival activity information will be handled by calling 686-2877 (686-BUSS). Activity bus drivers are at the buses one (1) hour before departure time and at the school 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time.  Drivers call information into this number one (1) hour before return and upon arrival. The North Campus activity Office phone number is 687-0369.

    Trips that are not set up through the Transportation Department will not be listed with Transportation trips and all information from that trip will be the responsibility of the individual taking the trip (such as a teacher, or a coach taking the school suburban on a trip or community groups).


    ADOPTION DATE: January 14, 2003; Revised December 9, 2008; Revised and renumbered from 5131.3-R October 27, 2015; Revised July 20, 2016; Revised October 20, 2017
    LEGAL REFERENCE(S):
    CROSS REFERENCE(S):
    ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION: 5131.3