Bus Expectations

To Parents of Bus Riders:

Our number one priority is student safety. In order to accomplish this goal, we need the cooperation of other drivers on the road and student bus riders. Good student behavior while entering, riding, and leaving the bus contribute in many ways to safe transportation. Such conduct makes it possible for the driver to give full attention to the roadway and other drivers.

Please take a few minutes to review with your child the information below concerning student conduct on the bus. The primary purpose of rules and procedures on the buses are for the safety of all students. Your child’s cooperation in following all rules and procedures is appreciated by the drivers.

Cameras have been installed in every school bus. This will aide in the safety of all students riding school buses.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding transportation at Northwest, please contact  817-698-1287; Dana Chandler, Outsourced Operations Manager, at 817-215-0190; or send an email to transportation@nisdtx.org.

STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL BUSES:

When riding school buses, students are held to behavioral standards established in the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. Riding a school bus is a privilege. Misconduct will be disciplined in accordance with the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct, and bus-riding privileges may be suspended as a disciplinary consequence.

The following safety guidelines and expectations shall be followed by students as related to boarding, riding, and exiting a bus:

  1. School buses are to be considered extensions of the school environment subject to the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.

  2. All cell phones are to be turned off and stored out of sight anytime a student is on the bus, unless permitted by the driver or school personnel for approved purposes. Students that do not adhere to this requirement are subject to disciplinary referral and/or confiscation of the cell phone in accordance with District Policies and procedures.

  3. Students will board and exit the bus in an orderly manner at the designated bus stop nearest his or her home.

  4. Arrive at the bus stop five (5) minutes before the scheduled stop-time and wait a safe distance from where the bus stops. Three giant steps away from the stop is a good rule.

  5. When the bus arrives, do not approach the bus until it has come to a complete stop. Form a single line and board the bus (no pushing or breaking in line). Students will go directly to their assigned seat and sit in a safe position.

  6. Students will keep books, band instruments, feet, and other objects out of the aisle of the bus. Objects carried on the bus must be small enough to be held in the lap of the owner.

  7. When it is time to exit the bus, students will wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting up from the seat.

  8. Upon exiting the bus, students needing to cross the street shall wait until directed by the bus driver before crossing immediately in front of the bus.

The following guidelines and expectations will apply to student conduct on District transportation:

  1. Observe the same conduct as in the classroom and follow the driver’s directions at all times.

  2. Enter the bus and immediately go to the assigned seat.

  3. Talk in a normal tone of voice.

  4. Remain seated and facing forward in the assigned seat until time to exit the bus.

  5. Keep head, hands, and feet inside the bus.

  6. Refrain from throwing objects within the bus or out of the windows.

  7. Use acceptable language; obscene, profane, unacceptable language, and/or gestures are prohibited.

  8. Refrain from eating and/or drinking on the bus.

  9. Keep the bus clean.

  10. Keep prohibited items [alcohol, drugs, weapons, tobacco products, paging devices (as applicable), radios, skateboards, etc.] off the bus.

  11. Refrain from tampering with the bus equipment.

  12. Students are required to be picked up and dropped off at their scheduled bus stop.

  13. Follow all guidelines and expectations outlined in the District’s Student Handbook and Code of Conduct, as well as safety guidelines and expectations established by the driver.

The following procedures will be adhered to when inappropriate behavior occurs on a bus serving a regular route or an activity trip:

  1. The driver or District employee will attempt to correct the misbehavior of the passengers.

  2. If the driver or District employee is unable to correct the misbehavior of a passenger, the driver or District employee will remove the student from the bus and will send the student to the principal’s office in order to maintain discipline on the bus.

  3. The principal or designee will investigate the incident and notify the driver of the action taken.

  4. If the misconduct is a violation of the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct, the principal will send written notice of the violation to the student’s parent.

  5. If determined necessary by the principal, a conference involving the principal, the student passenger(s), the driver, and parent(s) will be held.

  6. The principal may suspend the student’s bus riding privileges or other listed behavior interventions in accordance with the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.

  7. In the case of serious misconduct that endangers the safety of other passengers or the driver, the driver has the authority to call for law enforcement assistance; the principal and parent(s) will be notified of the situation as soon as possible. In such an instance, the student will not be provided bus service until a conference involving all persons listed above has been held in accordance with the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.

Disciplinary sanctions and changes in transportation for a student with a disability will be made in accordance with the provisions in the student’s Individual Education Plan or 504 Accommodation Plan.

RESTRICTION FOR VIOLATION OF SCHOOL BUS GUIDELINES AND EXPECTATIONS AND REGULATIONS

Bus drivers will report all violations to the school principal. The principal or designee will enforce the bus safety guidelines and expectations in the evaluation of the report to determine whether the violation should be considered an offense. The following guidelines will generally be followed; however, the guidelines do not constitute a hierarchy that must be followed for all violations.

First Offense: A principal will warn the student and send a letter of warning to the student’s parents. The warning should include a reminder that the student will lose his or her bus riding privileges for five school days on the third offense.

Second Offense: A principal will warn the student and send a letter of warning to the student’s parents. The warning should include a reminder that the student will lose his or her bus-riding privileges for five school days on the third offense.

Third Offense: The student will be removed from the bus for five school days. The school principal will attempt to notify the student’s parents by phone and/or letter within twenty-four (24) hours.

Fourth Offense: The student will lose his or her riding privileges for the remainder of the semester or ten school days, whichever is longer. The school principal will attempt to notify the student’s parents by phone and/or by letter within twenty-four (24) hours.

Fifth Offense: The student will lose his or her riding privileges for the remainder of the school year. The school principal will attempt to notify the student’s parents by phone and/or by letter within twenty-four (24) hours.

Major Offense: Any offense considered “major” by the school principal, including but not limited to, conduct that constitutes a discretionary or mandatory removal under the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct, will result in the immediate removal of bus privileges for whatever length of time deemed appropriate. The school principal will attempt to notify the student’s parents by phone and/or by letter within twenty-four (24) hours.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding transportation at Northwest, please contact Kris Sisk, Durham Routing Coordinator, or Charlotte Shanks, General Manager, at 940-242-3900 or 817-698-1287; Dana Chandler, Outsourced Operations Manager, at 817-215-0190; or send an email to transportation@nisdtx.org.

Northwest ISD understands that this policy could place a hardship on some families; however, we feel we must establish a procedure to insure the safety and security of our students. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

CUT ON DOTTED LINE AND RETURN BOTTOM PORTION TO YOUR TEACHER

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BUS DRIVER: ____________________ BUS #________

I have read and understand the above bus rules and regulations.

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Student Name (Print) Student Grade

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Physical Address Phone # Cell #

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Parent/Guardian Name (Print) Signature

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