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Bus Rules

Bus transportation shall be provided for students within the district in accordance with the law and Board policy. Such transportation will be extended as a privilege and right, however, only insofar as the individual student continually abides by and adheres to the appropriate standards of conduct while riding said vehicle. Conduct standards apply to all buses, whether buses are operated by the district directly, by the district under contract, or by other carriers authorized by the Board of Trustees

Serious Safety Violation

Safety violations of the bus student conduct rules carry a strong penalty. When a passenger's actions involve safety violations, or such actions are not covered by the bus rules, the Director of Transportation may make recommendations to the site administrator as to continued bus privileges.

Transportation Discipline Procedures

1. In every instance of student misconduct, the bus driver will complete a report of the misconduct on Transportation Services - SCHOOL BUS CITATION form and give said form to the assistant principal.

2. The assistant principal will call the student in to discuss the alleged misconduct.

3. If circumstances warrant a suspension of riding privileges, the parents/guardians will be notified of this penalty as soon as possible.

4. The length of the suspension will depend upon the seriousness of the misconduct.

Because passengers' behavior can directly affect their safety and the safety of others, the following regulations apply at all times when students are riding a school bus, including 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 the bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive and stand in a safe place to wait quietly for the bus.

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

4. Riders shall remain seated while the bus is in motion and shall not obstruct the aisle with their legs, feet, or other objects. When reaching their destination, riders shall remain seated until the bus stops and only then enter the aisle and go directly to the exit.

5. Riders should be courteous to the driver and to fellow passengers.

6. Because serious safety hazards can result from noise or behavior that distracts the driver, loud talking, laughing, yelling, singing, whistling, scuffling, throwing objects, smoking, eating, drinking, standing and changing seats are prohibited actions which may lead to suspension of riding privileges.

7. No part of the body, hands, arms or head should be put out of the window. Nothing should be thrown from the bus.

8. 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.

9. No animals shall be allowed on the bus without express permission from the principal or designee.

10. Riders should be alert for traffic when leaving the bus.

11. Rider may not save seats for other passengers.

The consequences for receiving a school bus citation are as follows:

* First and second citation - meet with the student and issue warning.

* Third citation - suspended from a.m. - p.m. bus ride for three days.

* Fourth citation - suspended from a.m. - p.m. bus ride for one week.

* Fifth citation - suspended from a.m. - p.m. bus ride for two weeks.

* Sixth citation - suspended from a.m. - p.m. bus ride for one month.

* Seventh citation - suspended from a.m. - p.m. bus ride for the rest of the school year.

For more information concerning the district Bus Rules please contact Transportation Services at 691-5527.

Riders who fail to comply with the above rules shall be reported to the school principal, who shall determine the severity of the misconduct and take action accordingly. In all instances of misconduct, the rider and his/her parent/guardian shall be given notice and warning. In the case of a severe violation or repeated offenses, the rider may be denied transportation for a period of time determined by the principal, up to the remainder of the school year.

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

Video Camera Surveillance

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall supervise the use and maintenance of video cameras.

Students and staff shall not tamper or interfere with video camera equipment on school buses.

Videotapes may be viewed by persons other than the Superintendent or his/her designee under the following conditions:

1. When student misconduct is revealed as a result of a school bus videotape or reported to the Superintendent or his/her designee by a student, staff member or parent/guardian, students involved in the incident and their parents/guardians may ask the Superintendent or his/her designee for an opportunity to view the videotape.

a. Requests for viewing must be made within five school days of receiving notification that misconduct occurred.

b. A viewing shall be provided or denied within five days of the request.

c. Viewing will be limited to those frames containing the incident of misconduct.

2. Bus drivers and school administrators may ask to view a videotape in order to observe a specific problem and work toward its solution.

3. Viewing shall occur only at a school-related site and in the presence of the Superintendent or his/her designee.

4. All persons who view a tape shall be identified in a written log.


approved: November 17, 2008 Chula Vista, California