The driver is responsible for safety and discipline on the bus. Misconduct and safety violations are reported to the principal, who assumes the responsibility for taking proper action.
All students and drivers are subject to audio and video monitoring. The recorded videos will be reviewed by the Transportation Supervisor, and if necessary, given to the appropriate principal for disciplinary action. The video recordings will be strictly controlled by the Office of Transportation and by the respective principal in order to protect the rights of individuals.
Students who do not conduct themselves properly and safely may lose the privilege of riding the bus. The district has the right to deny transportation to those students whose behavior jeopardizes the safety of others.
Disciplinary action resulting from misconduct will be consistent with the established policies and administrative regulations, rules and procedures adopted to govern students.
The staff of the Office of Transportation will be happy to answer all questions. Call 694-9704 or 694-9702.
If school is in session, buses will run. School will be dismissed only upon instruction from the Superintendent of Schools. Local radio and television stations will be advised to announce instructions before classes start. In case of local flooding or hazardous weather conditions, students will not be dismissed from school unless the principal determines that it is safe for children to travel to their homes.
The driver will turn in articles left on the bus to the school or the Transportation Office; however, drivers are not responsible for property left on the bus.
Note: the above pick-up times are for the FIRST STOP on each route. Times will vary depending upon the sequence of stops.
To be eligible for transportation, a student must:
The fleet of 56 buses travels more than 2,230 miles daily over 108 routes to transport more than 1950 students to home from school. The buses are part of a well-organized, safety-oriented transportation system, with each bus inspected and repaired regularly.
The school bus driver has sometimes been referred to as the “silent teacher.” Because of the precious cargo transported by these drivers, great care is given to their qualifications, certification, training, and operational requirements. Drivers must pass physical and medical exams as prescribed by the state, a pre-employment prohibitive substance test, and a criminal records check. Drivers are also subject to random drug testing.
The school district staff and bus drivers share your concern about the safety of your child. You can assist in providing a safe bus ride by instructing your child in the following rules: