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Safe and dependable pupil transportation requires a 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 five to ten (5-10) minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

·         PRE-K, KINDER & 1ST GRADE -- All Pre-K, Kinder and 1st grade students must be received by a guardian or emergency contact. These students cannot get off the bus alone. The person receiving the student must be listed in the student’s file at school. A 2nd grade or older sibling can get a Pre-k, Kinder or 1st grader off the bus. 

·         WRONG DESTINATION -- A pupil shall no be allowed to be dropped off at any location other than the stop they are assigned. Friends can not ride home with friends nor can they get off at a friends stop. In the event a pupil is on a bus they are not assigned without a bus pass they will be returned to the campus to call for a ride. Students will not be dropped off at places of business, a family members house or a guardians place of employment. Students will only be transported to the physical address on file at the school. All address changes are taken care of at the campus, transportation does not handle address changes. 

·       Where Will my Child Be Taken? -- In the event there is not a legal guardian or emergency contact available to receive a Pre-K, Kinder or 1st grader, we will return them to the campus they go to if it is before 4:45 p.m. If it is after 4:46 p.m., they will be taken back to transportation. We will continue to attempt to contact the numbers in the student’s profile. If we cannot get in contact with anyone by 5:30 p.m., the local authorities will be contacted to help contact the parent.

·       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.

·       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 and safety of pupils depends upon good order at this time.

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

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

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

·       PROPER DESTINATION -- Pupils must ride to their proper destination. This is defined as the registered physical address on file with the school.

·       EMERGENCY SITUATIONS -- In the event of an emergency, a student is permitted to ride another bus to an existing stop if they have an official Bellville ISD bus pass signed by the campus administrator only. No other bus passes will be accepted. Emergency situations are defined as situations that cannot be planned for. A play date or going home with a friend is not an emergency and a bus pass will not be issued. 

·       NO SMOKING -- Smoking, eating, drinking, and/or profanity are prohibited on the bus.

·       KEEP INSIDE -- No students is to place his head, hands, or arms outside of the bus window.

·       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. The driver will make sure traffic has stopped in both directions and then signal for the pupil to cross.

·       STAY CLEAR -- Students must never play about the bus either when getting on or off. Pushing, kicking, slapping, or any inappropriate behavior at or near the bus can be extremely dangerous.

·       ELIGIBILITY -- A pupil shall become ineligible for pupil transportation when his/her 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.

·       RESPONSIBILITY -- It is the personal responsibility of the student and his/her parents to maintain eligibility to ride the bus and proper address on file.

·       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.

·       PRINCIPAL IN CHARGE -- The principal of the school in which the pupil attends is in charge of student behavior on the bus just as in the classroom. Drivers will report to the principal of any student who needs correction.

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

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

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

·       PRIVATE PROPERTY – As a common best practice, we do not travel on private property.

·       NON – DRIVEABLE ROADS – In the event a road becomes unsafe for a bus to travel we will move the stop to the closest area accessible by a commercial vehicle.

·       BUS STOP LOCATION --  The transportation department will assess all bus stops yearly. A bus stop will be in a location that is safe for pupils being picked up or dropped off. This does not mean door to door or curb to curb service. For efficiency, in the event there is a safe walking path for multiple pupils to access and wait for the bus in a group location, we will utilize a group stop.

 

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