Students who ride school buses expect safe conduct. Several infractions of bus rules may result in
a student losing his or her privileges. The importance of proper conduct while waiting for, boarding,
riding or disembarking from a bus cannot be overemphasized. Any behavior that distracts the bus
driver instantly endangers all. The driver, sponsor or chaperones are to follow the school bus
discipline procedure for student violations of this procedure, and students who violate these rules
may be denied access to school transportation for a specified period of time in relation to the severity
of the violation. In the interests of safety, all students should understand, and all parents are urged
to impress upon their children, the necessity for strict compliance with the following rules:
1. Students are to remain well out of the roadway while waiting for the bus.
2. Getting on and off the bus should be done in an orderly manner.
3. Students are to remain seated while the bus is in motion.
4. No part of the body should ever be extended outside the bus.
5. Aisles should be kept clear at all times.
6. Conversations should take place in a normal tone of voice. A sudden scream or yell is
7. Nothing should be thrown either in or from the bus.
8. Smoking on the school bus is strictly forbidden.
9. Crowding, pushing, shoving, etc. are not only unnecessary, but dangerous as well.
10. Attitudes of helpfulness and cooperation will do much to ensure safe and comfortable bus
transportation for all.
11. Students are dropped off only at their own bus stops. Parents can request for their child to
be dropped off at another stop through a written note that must be signed by a principal or
person in charge.
12. The student discipline code will apply to students using school transportation services. This
includes conduct occurring at or in the close vicinity of a bus stop while students are waiting
for the bus, or immediately after the students have disembarked.
A student who knowingly vandalizes, defaces or otherwise damages a school bus may be referred
to legal authorities for “institutional vandalism” and prosecuted accordingly. Riders who damage
seats or other equipment will reimburse the district for the cost of the repair or replacement.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to review policies and/or forms for related information in this
Revised: 11/20/2000; 11/19/2007
Dunklin R-5 School District, Herculaneum, Missouri
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