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Bus Conduct and Discipline Guidelines

The district makes school bus transportation available to all students living two or more miles from their home campus. This service is provided at no cost to students.

Bus routes and stops will be designated annually, and any subsequent changes will be posted on the website and shared with the school. For the safety of the operator of the vehicle and all passengers, students must board buses only at authorized stops, and drivers must unload passengers only at authorized stops.

A parent may also designate a child-care facility or grandparent’s residence as the regular pickup and drop-off location for his or her child. The designated facility or residence must be on an approved stop on an approved route. For information on bus routes and approved stops or to designate an alternate pickup or drop-off location, you may contact GoldStar Transit at 817-367-1298.

Students are expected to assist district staff in ensuring buses remain in good condition and transportation is provided safely. GoldStar Transit is authorized by White Settlement ISD to handle any disciplinary issues which may occur while students are using this service.

When riding in school buses, students are held to the dress code and behavioral standards established in the WSISD Student Handbook.

Students must comply with the following:

Students are required to be outside at their stop at least ten (10) minutes prior to scheduled time.

Wait for the driver’s signal upon entering or leaving the bus and before crossing in front of the vehicle. Stay out of the bus’ “Danger Zone” – anywhere within 10 feet of the bus. If you can touch the bus as you walk by you are too close.

Students will have an assigned seat to and from school. The bus driver has the right to change, if necessary.

Fasten their seat belts, if available.

Stay in his/her seat and facing front at all times.

Follow the driver’s directions at all times.

Items not allowed on the bus include, but are not limited to: Weapons of any type, knives or any sharp object, skateboards, scooters, balloons, glass, lighters, large band instruments, live animals, reptiles or insects (dead or alive). Pencils and pens should not be displayed. Remember, if it is not allowed at school, it is not allowed on the bus.

Must not possess or use any form of tobacco including e-cigarettes on school buses.

Must not bring aerosols, perfumes, lotions or sprays of any kind on the bus.

Must not eat or drink on the bus, except for water.

Must not deface or destroy the bus or its equipment. Students and parents will be held responsible for all charges related to repair caused by vandalism or destruction.

Keep the noise level down to a minimum.

No horse-playing on the bus or around the outside of the bus.

Must not put head, hands, arms, or legs out of the window, hold any object out of the window, or throw objects within or out of the bus.

Keep his/her feet, books, backpacks, instrument cases, and other objects out of the aisle. If possible, items must be held in your lap.

Observe all usual classroom rules.

Always cross the street in front of the bus. Make eye contact with your driver before crossing in front of the bus and the street. Be alert to the traffic around you.

Never try to get anything left on the bus after exiting and NEVER reach for anything you drop that goes under the bus.

No cell-phone use (unless directed by a driver in an emergency situation).

 

Bus Discipline Procedures

 

On any problem that might arise, an attempt will be made to resolve it between the driver, and or the transportation personnel, and the student. If such an action fails, the student will be written up by the driver on a BUS SAFETY REPORT. The Report will be forwarded to the appropriate campus administrator for disciplinary action. The campus administrator, and or the director of transportation, has the authority to accelerate consequences for severe infractions up to and including suspension from bus service privileges.

 

Step 1: Campus Administrator Conference/Parent Contact

The campus administrator will enforce the bus safety rules. Transportation personnel or the   campus administer will notify the parent/guardian of the violation, answer questions and enlist assistance. The campus administrator will issue a warning to the parent /guardian regarding the 5-day suspension consequence detailed in Step 2. School detention or In School Suspension can be applied at the discretion of the campus administrator.

 

Step 2:  Five Day Bus Suspension The campus administrator will notify the parent/guardian of the 5-day bus suspension 

The campus administrator will immediately notify transportation by fax or e-mail the following information: the start and end date of the suspension and the date the student will return to riding the bus.

 

Step 3: Ten Day Bus Suspension/Parent Conference

The campus administrator will notify the parent/guardian and transportation of the 10- day

Suspension. A parent conference is required to determine a behavior pan for the student

To return to riding the bus .This conference usually takes place during the 10-day

Suspension, at home campus and will include the parent/guardian, campus

Administrator, transportation representative, driver and student.

 

Step 4: Suspension for the Year

The campus administrator will suspend and remove the student from the bus for the remainder of the school year and notify transportation and the parent/guardian the start date of the suspension.

 

The following severe and accelerated consequences are recommended:

  • Weapons or drugs.
  • Exiting the back emergency door unless directed by school personnel or in the event of an emergency.
  • Lighting matches, smoking , smoking paraphernalia, spraying of aerosol cans.
  • Student insubordination that results in the disruption of the bus service. This includes the removal of a student from the bus by campus or transportation personnel and the deliberate giving of false information by a student.
  • Fighting or the physical contact appearing to be an act of fighting.
  • Bullying in any form of another student or adult.
  • The deliberate crossing of a four–lane roadway or divided highway.