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School Bus Regulations

SCHOOL BUS REGULATIONS
Behavior while riding the school bus is part of the overall learning process and student’s and drivers’ safety is of utmost importance. All East St. John High and West St. John High students must wear school IDs when riding the school bus.

A bus is considered an extension of the school; all disciplinary codes will apply.

Students must:
  1. Enter and leave the bus in an orderly fashion and in accordance with instructions.
  2. Remain quiet enough not to distract the driver.
  3. Be seated and remain seated while the bus is in motion.
  4. Obey and respect the directions of the regular or substitute bus driver.
  5. Be on time; the bus cannot wait for those who are not on time.
  6. Depart the bus and pass in front of the bus while the bus remains parked and not behind it. The driver shall see that the way is clear before the student is permitted to cross the road.
  7. Not throw objects in the bus or out of windows.
  8. Not extend arms or other parts of the body out of the windows.
  9. Not be permitted to eat or drink while aboard a bus.
  10. Be required to have written permission from their parents to get off at a different stop. The written permission must be given to the principal for approval using the Special Request Form. Each request must be given to the school Principal for approval one (1) day before service is to begin. When reviewing the request the Principal shall contact Transportation to determine if space is available and confirm the correct bus assignment.  Special transportation requests will be considered on a "space available basis." Students may only reserve space on one bus each morning and one bus each afternoon. Attendance zones rules must be followed.
STUDENTS SHALL OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING:
  1. Be courteous to and follow the instructions of the bus driver at all times.
  2. Be at their bus stop on time, dressed for the weather, to wait for the bus (coats or rain coats, etc).
  3. Exercise extreme caution in getting to and from their assigned bus stop.
  4. Look in both directions before stepping from their assigned bus stop.
  5. Look in both directions before crossing any highway or street.
  6. Do not play on or near the street while waiting for the bus to arrive.
  7. Stay well off the roadway until the bus comes to a complete stop and the bus driver indicates that it is safe to board the bus.
  8. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before trying to load or unload.
  9. Use the handrail while getting on or off the bus.
  10. Do not bring unauthorized articles on the bus.
  11. No spitting on the floor of the bus.
  12. Do not throw waste paper or other rubbish on the floor of the bus.
  13. Do not mark, cut, tear or otherwise deface the bus.
  14. Avoid unnecessary conversation with the driver.
  15. Refrain from the use of profane language and/or obscene gestures.
  16. Talk in normal tone. Do not shout.
  17. Keep arms, head and legs inside the bus at all times.
  18. Do not horseplay or fight on the bus.
  19. Do not leave the bus without the driver’s consent, except at your regular bus stop or at school and through the front door only, except in an emergency.
  20. Report any damages to the bus driver at once.
Should any student violate any of these regulations, it shall be the duty of the bus driver to notify the principal. Violation of bus regulations may also result in in-school suspension or regular suspension from school. Written notice of the action of the principal shall be furnished to the parent and the transportation supervisor.

Violations of bus policy shall result in any of the following depending on the severity of the offense:
  1. Parental Conference with loss of bus privilege.
  2. Parental Conference with In-School-Suspension or Suspension and loss of bus privileges.
  3. Regular suspension from school and loss of bus privileges.
  4. In-School-Suspension with a recommendation of expulsion and loss of bus privileges.
  5. Out-of-School Suspension with a recommendation of expulsion
Should someone other than the bus driver, such as school employees or other appointed persons, be responsible for students on the bus, the above rules will still be enforced and must be obeyed.

Any student(s) fighting while the school bus is in route, who when refusing to stop upon the bus drivers directive, causes the driver to pull off the road and make a 911 call, will be arrested at the scene. The bus driver will provide the student(s) with a written due process opportunity. This should be done only in extreme cases and as a last resort to protect the safety of other students.