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South Washington County Schools

Ph: 651-425-5303
Fx: 651-425-5313
Office Hours:
5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Transportation Office Address:

8587 W. Point Douglas Rd. S.

Cottage Grove, MN 55016-3025

Summer School 2018 Routes

District Policy regarding Student Conduct on School Busses:

709 STUDENT TRANSPORTATION SAFETY POLICY

III. CONDUCT ON SCHOOL BUSES AND CONSEQUENCES FOR MISBEHAVIOR

A. Riding the school bus is a privilege, not a right. The school district’s general student behavior rules are in effect for all students on school buses, including nonpublic and charter school students.

B. Consequences for school bus/bus stop misconduct will be imposed by the school district under adopted administrative discipline procedures. In addition, all school bus/bus stop misconduct will be reported to the school district’s transportation safety director. Serious misconduct may be reported to local law enforcement.

1. School Bus and Bus Stop Rules. The school district school bus safety rules are to be posted on every bus. If these rules are broken, the school district’s discipline procedures are to be followed. Consequences are progressive and may include suspension of bus privileges. It is the school bus driver’s responsibility to report unacceptable behavior to the school district’s Transportation Office/School Office.

2. Rules at the Bus Stop

a. Be at your bus stop five minutes before your scheduled pick up time. The school bus driver will not wait for late students.

b. Respect the property of others while waiting at your bus stop.

c. Keep your arms, legs and belongings to yourself.

d. Use appropriate language.

e. Stay away from the street, road or highway when waiting for the bus. Policy 709 / Page 3 of 14

f. Wait until the bus stops before approaching the bus.

g. After getting off the bus, move away from the bus and out of the Danger Zone (within 10 feet)

h. If you must cross the street, always cross in front of the bus where the driver can see you. Wait for the driver to signal to you before crossing the street.

i. No fighting, harassment, intimidation, bullying or horseplay.

j. No use of alcohol, tobacco, electronic cigarettes or drugs.

3. Rules on the Bus

a. Always follow the directions of the driver.

b. Sit in your seat facing forward.

c. Talk quietly and use appropriate language.

d. Keep all parts of your body inside the bus.

e. Keep your arms, legs and belongings to yourself.

f. No fighting, harassment, intimidation, bullying or horseplay.

g. Do not throw any object.

h. No eating, drinking, or use of alcohol, tobacco, electronic cigarettes ordrugs.

i. Do not bring any weapons or dangerous objects on the school bus.

j. Do not damage the school bus.

k. No photos or recording with any device.

 

4. Consequences

a. Consequences for school bus/bus stop misconduct will apply to all regular and late routes. Decisions regarding a student’s ability to ride the bus inconnection with co curricular and extracurricular events (for example, field trips or competitions) will be in the sole discretion of the school district. Parents or guardians will be notified of any suspension of bus privileges.

(1) After a verbal warning, if the inappropriate behavior continues,

students may be assigned to a front seat.

• FIRST report of an incident of misbehavior will be

communicated to the parent/guardian.

• SECOND report of misbehavior, student may be denied

bus riding privilege for a period of five school days.

• THIRD report may cause the student loss of privileges for

a period of ten school days.

• FOURTH report during one school year may lead to

denial of bus riding privileges for the remainder of the

school year.

(2) Other Discipline

Based on the severity of a student’s conduct, more serious consequences may be imposed at any time. Depending on the nature of the offense, consequences such as suspension or expulsion from school also may result from school bus/bus stop misconduct.

(3) Records

Records of school bus/bus stop misconduct will be forwarded to the individual school building and will be retained in the same manner as other student discipline records. Reports of student misbehavior on a school bus or in a bus-loading or unloading area that causes an immediate and substantial danger to the student or surrounding persons or property will be provided by the school district to the Department of Public Safety in accordance with state and federal law.

(4) Vandalism/Bus Damage

Students damaging school buses will be responsible for the damages. Failure to pay such damages (or make arrangements to pay) within two weeks may result in the loss of bus privileges until damages are paid.

(5) Notice

School bus and bus stop rules and consequences for violations of these rules will be reviewed with students annually and copies of these rules will be made available to students. School bus rules are to be posted on each school bus.

(6) Criminal Conduct

In cases involving criminal conduct (for example, assault, weapons, possession or vandalism), the appropriate school district personnel and local law enforcement officials will be informed.

IV. PARENT AND GUARDIAN INVOLVEMENT

A. Parent and Guardian Notification

The school district school bus and bus stop rules will be provided to each family. Parents and guardians are asked to review the rules with their children as outlined in the district’s “Student Rights and Responsibilities” handbook.

B. Parents/Guardians Responsibilities for Transportation Safety Parents/Guardians are responsible to:

1. Become familiar with school district rules, policies, regulations, and the principles of school bus safety, and thoroughly review them with their children;

2. Support safe riding and walking practices, and recognize that students are responsible for their actions;

3. Communicate safety concerns to their school administrators;

4. Monitor bus stops, if possible;

5. Have their children to the bus stop five minutes before the bus arrives;

6. Have their children properly dressed for the weather; and

7. Have a plan in case the bus is late