Student Information/Bus Rules

  • The following is taken from Campbell County School District's Transportation policy, view the full policy here.

    BASIC BUS RULES

    STUDENT AND PARENT INFORMATION

    Follow the driver’s/aide’s instructions. 

    1. Stay seated, face forward, and keep the aisle
    2. Keep hands and feet to yourself.
    3. Talk Foul language and unruly behavior is not permitted.
    4. Students will be required to maintain silence at all railroad

     

    EATING AND DRINKING ON THE BUS

    Food and beverages may not be allowed on daily local busing for safety reasons. Exceptions may be allowed for confirmed medical health conditions. (CCSD Policy 5128-R)

    BUS STOP SAFETY (refer to page 10)

    1. Arrive at the bus stop five minutes
    2. Stand at least 10 feet away from the edge of the
    3. Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says it’s ok before stepping onto the
    4. Be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps or dangling objects do not get caught in the handrail or door when exiting the
    5. Walk in front of the bus; never walk behind the bus
    6. Walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least 10 feet ahead
    7. Be sure the driver can see you and you can see the
    8. Stop at the edge of the bus and look left-right-left before
    9. Tell the bus driver if you drop something beside the Should you try to pick it up, the bus driver may not see you and drive away.
    10. Students should only get on and off at assigned

     

    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 their seat and be seated so all students may get onto the bus in a timely manner. Assigned seating is recommended/supported on all school buses. If the student leaves the bus after entering it, they may be left behind as the bus will not wait for them to return.

    Students are allowed 5-10 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 may occur 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.

    Inappropriate use of cell phones/electronics is prohibited.

    STUDENT BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT

    Good student behavior management  requires  the  cooperation  of  the  school

    principal, Transportation Office, bus driver, bus assistant, parent, and student. The driver is responsible for maintaining student behavior management on the school bus.

    There are four basic bus rules that are posted on every bus, if students can follow these four rules there shouldn’t be any issues.

     

    1. Follow the driver’s/aide’s
    2. Stay seated, face forward, and keep the aisle
    3. Keep hands and feet to
    4. Talk Foul language and unruly behavior is not permitted.

     Bus drivers have a very important job to perform and for the safety of our students. Sometimes there may be a need for drivers to have a few additional rules or assigned seating to manage their route.

    CCSD utilizes a progressive step system for student misbehavior that has occurred on the bus:

    1. Verbal warning(s)
    2. Written Warning(s)
    3. Loss of bus privileges (1 day to multiple days)

     Bus discipline reports may be sent home for you to review and sign. Please contact transportation with any questions. These steps generally will be used in order but can be adjusted or skipped depending on the severity and context of infraction. If we have transported a student to school every effort will be made to transport the student home and consequences will start the following day.

    Drivers are to report all disciplinary problems to the Transportation office and/or parents using the Bus Discipline Report as soon as possible. If the problem persists, additional reports should be filed and the driver should discuss the matter with a supervisor.

    Any time a bus conduct report is filled out there should also be a call to the parent from the driver, this is very important if a student has lost bus riding privileges.

    A driver may refuse to allow a student on the bus if there is evidence that the student will endanger the other students or the driver. Possession of a dangerous weapon would be an example of grounds for denying a student access. If a student is denied entrance onto a bus, the driver will report this immediately to the office and complete a Bus Conduct Report.

    A school bus is an extension of the class room. Transportation will collaborate with school personnel with student behavior management. A student who creates a serious behavior infraction/safety violation may be taken off the bus by personnel in a school or in route by a supervisor or law enforcement official.

    Fighting will generally result in both parties involved losing bus privileges. Hitting or tripping is unacceptable behavior.

    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.

    ITEMS NOT ALLOWED ON THE BUS:

    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 and/or legal action. (District Policy 5260)

    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 and/or legal action. (District Policy 5260)

     

    LARGE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS & 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.