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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 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 can not get off the bus alone. The person receiving the student must be listed in the students file at school. A 2nd grade or older sibling can get a Pre-k, Kinder or 1st grader off the bus. 
  • 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 or 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, remain seated for the total trip. The driver may assign any or all students to certain seats.
  • PROPER DESTINATION -- Pupils must ride their proper destination, This is defined as the registered physical address on file with the school.
  • EMERGENCY SITUATIONS -- In the event of a emergency a student is permitted to ride another bus to a existing stop if they have a 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 a emergency and a bus pass will not be issued. 
  • NO SMOKING -- Smoking, eating, drinking, or profanity are prohibited on the bus.
  • KEEP INSIDE -- No students is to put his head, hands, or arms outside 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. Make sure traffic has stopped in both directions and then cross upon a signal from the driver.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • RESPONSIBILITY -- It is the personal responsibility of the student and his 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 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.
  • 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.
  • RAILROAD CROSSING -- Students must reduce the noise level and assist the driver in listening and looking in order for a safe crossing.
  • PRE-K BOARIND --  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 closest area accessible by a commercial vehicle.
  • BUS STOP LOCATION --  The transportation department asses all bus stops yearly. A bus stop will be in a location that is safe for the pupils being picked up or dropped off. This does not mean door to door or curb to curb service. In the event there is a safe walk path for multiple pupils to access and wait for the bus in a group location for efficiency we will utilize this group stop.

 

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. 

Highest Regards, 

Cody Cox 

Director of Transportation


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Updated 8/25/2017