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El Dorado Union HSD |  AR  5131.1  Students

Bus Conduct   

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Bus Rider Rules

The following rules apply at all times when students are riding a school bus, including when on school activity trips:

1. Riders shall follow the instructions and directions of the bus driver at all times.

(cf. 3542 - School Bus Drivers)

2. Riders should arrive at their designated bus stop on time and stand in a safe place at the stop to wait quietly for the bus.

(cf. 3541 - Transportation Routes and Services)

3. Riders shall enter the bus in an orderly manner and go directly to their seats.

4. Riders shall sit down and fasten any passenger restraint systems. Riders shall remain seated while the bus is in motion.

5. Riders shall not block the aisle or emergency exit with their body or personal belongings. Riders may bring large or bulky items, such as class projects or musical instruments, on the bus only if the item does not displace any other rider or obstruct the driver's vision.

6. Riders should be courteous to the driver and to fellow passengers. Vulgarity, rude, or abusive behavior is prohibited.

7. Any noise or behavior that could distract the driver, such as loud talking, scuffling or fighting, throwing objects, or standing or change seats, is prohibited and may lead to suspension of riding privileges.

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

8. Riders shall not use tobacco products, eat, or drink while riding the bus.

(cf. 5131.62 - Tobacco)

9. Riders may bring electronic devices onto the bus only if such devices are permitted at school. If the use of cellular telephones or similar devices disrupts the safe operation of the school bus, the bus driver may direct the student to no longer use the device on the bus.

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

10. Riders shall not put any part of the body out of the window nor throw any item from the bus.

11. Riders shall help keep the bus and the area around the bus stop clean. Riders shall not damage or deface the bus or tamper with bus equipment.

12. Service animals are permitted on school transportation services; all other animals are prohibited. (Education Code 39839; 13 CCR 1216)

(cf. 6163.2 - Animals at School)

13. Upon reaching their destination, riders shall remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop and upon the signal from the driver, unfasten any restraint system, enter the aisle, and go directly to the exit.

14. Riders should be alert for traffic when leaving the bus and shall follow the district's transportation safety plan when crossing the road and exiting the bus.

(cf. 3543 - Transportation Safety and Emergencies)

The driver or any passenger shall report any violation of the district's bus rules to the principal or designee. The principal or designee shall notify the student's parent/guardian of the misbehavior, determine the severity of the misconduct, and take action accordingly. In instances of a severe violation or repeated offenses, the rider may be denied transportation for a period of time determined appropriate by the principal or designee.

Bus drivers shall not deny transportation services except as directed by the principal or designee.


Students transported in a school bus shall be under the authority of, and responsible directly to, the driver of the bus, and the driver shall be held responsible for the orderly conduct of the students while they are on the bus or being escorted across a street, highway, or road. Continued disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the authority of the driver shall be sufficient reasons for a student to be denied transportation. A bus driver shall not require any student to leave the bus en route between home and school or other destinations.

Hazardous Articles

The driver of the bus will supervise students to ensure the safe loading and securement of bulky items or articles which might become hazardous to passengers in the event of sudden stops or accidents.

Any hazardous article shall not be transported on a school bus at any time.

Any item is considered a hazardous article that may interfere with the safe operation of the bus or interferes with any student's right to a safe ride on the bus.

Guidelines for Discipline of Inappropriate Conduct

The student discipline for infractions will be reported to the administrator of the school where the student attends. The school administrator will work closely with the Director of Transportation in finding a solution to the problems. Guidelines are listed below:

1. Verbal Warning: Optional at bus driver's discretion. Driver will counsel student about appropriate behavior.

2. Written Warning: Written warning by driver. Drivers will contact by telephone or in person the parent/guardian of the student about the inappropriate behavior. A copy of the written warning will be sent to the school. An administrator at the school will counsel the student on appropriate behavior. A copy of the warning will be provided to the parent/guardian after the meeting with the student. It is strongly recommended at this level that the student be assigned to a specific seat or area of the bus for a period of time.

3. 1st Citation: Disciplinary action for offenses will follow the recommendation of the District Discipline Guidelines. Parents/guardians will be contacted by telephone or in person by the principal or his/her designee. A written notice and a copy of the citation and Administrative Regulations 5119.1 Bus Safety will be provided to the parents/guardians by the principal or his/her designee. The school administration may determine that additional school punishment is needed.

4. 2nd Citation: Disciplinary action for offenses will follow the recommendation of the District Discipline Guidelines. Parents/guardians will be contacted by telephone or in person by the principal or his/her designee. A meeting with the driver, student, parent, if requested, and the principal or his designee will be held to discuss the in appropriate behavior. A written notice of action taken in this meeting will be provided to the parents/guardians.

5. 3rd Citation: A meeting including the parent/guardian, the student, the principal or his designee, the bus driver and the Director of Transportation will be held to discuss the inappropriate behavior of the student. A recommendation for denial of transportation will be made. A written notice of action will be provided to the parents/guardians.

6. 4th Citation : There will be a loss of transportation for the rest of the semester or at least a minimum of 30 school days. Parents/guardians will be contacted by telephone or in person by the principal or his/her designee. A written notice of action will be provided to the parent/guardians.

Any behavior that is deemed hazardous to the safety of students on the bus by the Director of Transportation or Administration will be grounds for immediate suspension from the bus.

No eating or drinking on the bus, unless authorized by the bus driver.

Bus Surveillance Systems

The Superintendent or designee shall monitor the use and maintenance of the district's bus surveillance system. Students are prohibited from tampering with the bus surveillance system. Any student found tampering with the system shall be subject to discipline and shall be responsible for the costs of any necessary repairs or replacement.

(cf. 3515.4 - Recovery for Property Loss or Damage)

(cf. 5131.5 - Vandalism, Theft, and Graffiti)

Camera supports may be installed in all buses. Cameras may be rotated among the buses and activated at the discretion of the Superintendent or designee.

The content of any recording is a student record and may only be accessed in accordance with the district's policy and administrative regulation concerning student records.

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

(cf. 5125.1 - Release of Directory Information)


approved: February 5, 1974 Placerville, California

revised: October 14, 2008