Safe and dependable pupil transportation requires constant team effort from all those involved in the process.  This letter is designed to describe for students and parents the behavior, which will result in a safe and satisfactory school bus trip.  It is of great concern to all of us that each child is safe every day.  Teachers are requested to spend sufficient time during the school day to see that all pupils are thoroughly familiar with the school bus safety rules listed below.  It is expected that students be at the bus stop prepared to catch the school bus ten (10) minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive and note that the child may get picked up ten (10) minutes after the buses normal scheduled pick up time.

  1. ON TIME -- In order that drivers may meet their schedules, students must be at the proper location for boarding the bus on time. Running to the bus presents added danger.

  2. WAITING -- All pupils must stay well clear of traffic lanes while waiting for the bus. Running, fighting, or shoving must not be allowed. The lives or safety of pupils depends upon good order at this time.

  3. COURTEOUS -- Each pupil who rides a school bus is expected to demonstrate a courteous and cooperative manner to all personnel.

  4. GOOD ORDER -- Students must maintain reasonable order so that the driver may be alert for any traffic hazards, signals, or emergency vehicles.

  5. REMAIN SEATED -- All students are to be seated, if there is enough room, remain seated for the total trip. The driver may assign any or all students to certain seats.

  6. PROPER DESTINATION -- Pupils must ride their proper destination. To get off elsewhere, the pupil will give the driver a dated note signed by the parent and the principal.

  7. NO SMOKING -- Smoking, eating, drinking, or profanity are prohibited on the bus.

  8. KEEP INSIDE -- No students is to put his head, hands, or arms outside the bus window.

  9. GETTING OFF --  If pupils must cross the road after getting off the bus; they shall walk across approximately twelve (12) feet in front of the bus. Make sure traffic has stopped in both directions and then cross upon a signal from the driver.

  10. STAY CLEAR -- Students must never play about the bus either when getting on or off. Marking, pushing, kicking, or slapping at or near the bus can be extremely dangerous.

  11. ELIGIBILITY -- A pupil shall become ineligible for pupil transportation when his behavior is such as to cause dissension on a school bus, or when he disobeys state or local rules and regulations pertaining to pupil transportation.

  12. RESPONSIBILITY -- It is the personal responsibility of the student and his parents to maintain eligibility to ride the bus.

  13. PAY FOR DAMAGE -- Pupils who are known to inflict damages to the bus will pay the cost of repairs. This may be part of the principal’s disciplinary action.

  14. PRINCIPAL IN CHARGE -- The principal of the school which the pupil attends is in charge of student’s behavior on the bus just as in the classroom. Drivers will report to the principal students who need correction.

  15. PUNISHMENT -- The principal of the school will administer punishment for bad behavior as required. This punishment may include suspension form school. When suspended from the bus, a student is suspended from all buses.

  16. RAILROAD CROSSING -- Students must reduce the noise level and assist the driver in listening and looking in order for a safe crossing.

  17. PRE-K BOARDING  --  Pre-K students always board and unload the bus first to facilitate sign-on/sign-off and ensure student safety.

  18. PARENT RESPONSIBILITY AT BUS STOPS: Although we are committed to the safety of students on the bus and at the bus stop, there are situations that require your assistance and participation in order to ensure the safety of your children when walking to and from the bus stop.  Sometimes, children can be exposed to a dangerous situation because of their own or others' behavior.  Students are under the control of their parents/guardians during the time they walk to and from the bus stop.  Robertson County Schools makes use of parent responsibility walk zones to ensure efficiency in operating routes.  As a general rule Elementary age students are typically not asked to walk more than one tenth of a mile to their designated bus stop, Middle school students not more than two tenths of a mile, and High school not more than three tenths of a mile.  Unsafe bus stops are evaluated by the Transportation Director before bus routes are modified.  Please note that students must be at the bus stop if they wish to ride the bus.  (Standing at the house, on the porch, or inside will result in your student not having a way to school).  Drivers are instructed not to blow horns for students not at the stop due to HOA rules and regulations around the District.

  19. Cell Phones- Only students in grades 6-12 may posses personal communication devices and personal electronic devices so long as such devices are turned off and stored in backpacks, purses, or personal carry-all.  At no time shall a student operate a cellular device with video or picture taking capabilities in a locker room, classroom, bathroom, school bus, or other location where such operation may violate the privacy rights of another person.  Students who violate this policy on the school bus will have their cellular phone confiscated by the school bus driver or bus attendant  and it shall be  reported to the school for disciplinary action.

  20. SEAT BELT SAFETY-  Students who ride buses equipped with seat-belt restraint systems are required to wear them at all times while on the bus.  Failure to adhere to this policy will result in disciplinary action.

NOTE:  This list is not all inclusive and parents are encouraged to review the student handbook for additional safety expectations and consequences associated with violation of expectations.

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Transportation Employee's May Reference the following Link for The District Handbook.Certified Handbook Revised 5-18-2020.pdf

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