STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL BUSES
The Board of Education believes it is crucial for students to behave appropriately while riding on district buses, to ensure their safety, that of other passengers, and the fewest possible distractions for bus drivers.
Some students are eligible for district transportation. While the law requires the district to furnish transportation for such students, it does not relieve parents of the responsibility for supervision until such time as the child boards the bus in the morning and after the child leaves the bus at the end of the school day. Only after a child boards the bus does he/she become the responsibility of the district. Such responsibility shall end when the child is delivered to the regular bus stop at the close of the school day.
Since the school bus may be regarded as an extension of the classroom, children are required to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior. Excessive noise, pushing, shoving and fighting will not be tolerated. It is important that those waiting for buses conduct themselves properly in respect to the rights and property of others.
If a child does not conduct himself/herself properly on a bus, such instances shall be brought to the attention of the Building Administrator through routine bus referral or contact by the Transportation Supervisor.
Children who become a serious disciplinary problem may have their riding privileges suspended by the Superintendent of Schools. In such cases, the parents of the children involved become responsible for seeing that their children get to and from school safely. Any such suspension shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Education Law.
Cross-ref: 8410, Student Transportation
Ref: Education Law §§ 3214 & 3635
Adoption date: January 1, 1993
Reviewed on: July 14, 2008