Holden R-III School District

Bus Expectations and Guidelines


HOLDEN R-III BUS REGULATIONS
 
Safe bus transportation is important to the Holden School District. In order to make students feel safe on the bus, students and parents should familiarize themselves with the bus expectations and guidelines explained below.
  1. Students are to be at the bus stop, and ready to board the bus, five minutes before their scheduled pick up time.

  2. After school is dismissed each day, the student shall report directly to the bus and be seated as quickly as possible. Keep all objects and extremities inside the bus. Enter and leave the bus in an orderly fashion; do not run, push or crowd.

  3. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to leave or enter the bus. Walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus so the driver can see you at all times. Do not walk behind the bus. Before crossing the road, wait for the driver to signal.

  4. Students are expected to help keep the bus clean and not purposely or carelessly destroy transportation equipment. Any damage resulting from misbehavior shall be paid for by the student, plus disciplinary action may be taken by the building administrator. The following items are not allowed on the bus: glass, knives, sharp objects, guns, water pistols, pets, toys, stereos and any non- school items.

  5. Students should show consideration for other students and the bus driver by being courteous, well- mannered and following the driver's directions. The following behaviors are specifically prohibited: profanity or other abusive language; smoking or chewing tobacco; fighting, roughhousing, harassment or verbal abuse. The use or possession of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs will be disciplined in accordance with the district policy.

  6. All students must ride to school and home on their regular assigned bus. Any change in the point of pick-up or departure must be approved by the administration. Drivers will not transport any person not regularly assigned to the bus without a signed pass from school personnel and the parent. Students may be assigned seats by the driver and at no time are they to move from one seat to another.

  7. In the event of misconduct on the bus, the driver will fill out a bus conduct report. These reports will be delivered to the building administrator and in turn sent to the student's parent after administrative review. The building administrator will discipline students in accordance with the district policy.

 
POLICY: STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION
 
Board policy (JFCC) states students who fail to observe district rules or fail to contribute to a safe transportation environment will be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, suspension of the privilege of riding the bus. The following policies help ensure students arrive to and from school safely.

 

Level 1 Behaviors- Level one behaviors interfere with a positive and productive environment. These behaviors include, but are not limited to:
  1. Departing or entering at unauthorized stop

  2. Public display of affection

  3. Unauthorized possession of food, animals, or other restricted items.

  4. Distracting use of a cell phone

  5. Open defiance

Possible consequences for Level 1 behaviors may include, but are not limited to:

  1. First offense: Verbal correction, parent/guardian contact, think sheet, sentences, conference with an

    administrator

  2. Second offense: Verbal correction, parent/guardian contact, assigned seat, conference with

    administrator, other assigned consequence (see disciplinary action list starting on previous page)

  3. Third offense: Up to 3 days suspension of bus transportation

Level 2 Behaviors- Level two behaviors can include behaviors that are not intended to cause physical/mental harm to another, are not illegal, but do negatively affect the environment. These behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  1. Excessive level one violations

  2. Inappropriate speech or conduct

  3. Possession of tobacco products

  4. Destruction or defacement of property, vandalism

  5. Theft/extortion

  6. Sexual harassment

  7. Bullying

Possible consequences for Level 2 behaviors may include, but are not limited to:

  1. First offense: Verbal correction, parent/guardian contact, sentences, assigned seat, conference with

    an administrator, other assigned consequence (see disciplinary action list)

  2. Second offense: Up to 3 days suspension of bus transportation

  3. Third offense: Up to 5 days suspension of bus transportation

  4. Fourth offense: Up to 20 days suspension of bus transportation

  5. Fifth offense: Loss of bus transportation for the remainder of the year

Level 3 Safety Violation- Level three behaviors are behaviors that may cause physical or mental harm and/or illegal. These behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  1. Possession of drugs, alcohol, controlled substance and or paraphernalia

  2. Arson, fireworks, or explosive devices

  3. Indecent exposure

  4. Weapon, false weapons, dangerous items

  5. Refusing to stay in assigned seat, moving out of seat while bus is moving or failing to keep aisles clear

  6. Any form of violence

  7. False alarm

  8. Any behavior that compromises the safety of others

Possible consequences for Level 3 behaviors may include, but are not limited to:

  1. First offense: Up to 10 days suspension of bus transportation

  2. Second offense: Up to 20 days suspension of bus transportation

  3. Third offense: Up to 180 days suspension of bus transportation

 
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