BUS RIDERS' RESPONSIBILITIES
Change of address/Phone Numbers
Any change of address or telephone number should be reported immediately to the Principal’s Office. Address and phone numbers are needed in order to maintain appropriate Education Management Information System (EMIS) records.
Bus Riders' ResponsibilitiesPupils have duties and obligations which contribute to their safe and orderly transportation. The following are rules which are to be observed by pupils riding school buses:
National Trail Local Schools furnishes transportation in compliance with State law. This fact does not relieve parents of students from the responsibility of supervision until such times as the student boards the bus in the morning and after the student leaves the bus at the end of the school day. Once a student boards the bus he/she becomes the responsibility of the school authorities. Such responsibility will end when the student is delivered to the regular bus stop at the close of the school day. Students on a bus are under the authority of, and directly responsible to, the bus driver. The driver has the authority to enforce the established regulations for bus conduct. Disorderly conduct or refusal to submit to the authority of the driver will be sufficient reason for refusing transportation service to any student, once proper due process procedures have been followed.
Regulations regarding conduct on school buses, as well as general information about the school transportation program, will be approved by the Board and made available to all parents and students.
In order to assure the safety and welfare of the pupils it transports, the Board has adopted the following policy:
1. The school bus driver has the authority and responsibility to maintain control of the students riding his or her bus.
2. Pupils riding National Trail School buses must meet the following standards of behavior:
A. Pupils shall arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
B. Pupils must wait in a location clear of traffic and away from the bus stops.
C. Behavior at school bus stops must not threaten life, limb or property of any individual.
D. Pupils must go directly to their assigned seat.
E. Pupils must remain seated, keeping aisles and exits clear.
F. Pupils must observe classroom conduct and obey the driver promptly and respectfully.
G. Pupils must not use profane language.
H. Pupils must refrain from eating or drinking on the bus, except as required for medical necessities on file with the school nurse and the transportation office.
I. Pupils must not use tobacco on the bus.
J. Pupils must not have alcohol or drugs in their possession on the bus, except for prescription medication required for a student.
K. Pupils must not throw or pass objects on, from or into the bus.
L. Pupils may carry on the bus only objects that can be held in their laps.
M. Pupils must leave or board the bus at locations to which they have been assigned unless they have parental and administrative authorization to do otherwise.
N. Pupils must not put head or arms out of the bus windows.
3. In cases where it is determined by the Director of Transportation that a pupil’s presence on a bus poses a danger to persons or property or a threat to the safe operation of the school bus, that pupil may be removed immediately by the Director of Transportation for a period not to exceed 10 days. The pupil will be given notice as soon as practical and the pupil has the right to a hearing within 72 hours of the action.
4. Suspension of a pupil for misconduct that is not considered a danger to persons or property, or a threat to the safe operation of the school bus can take place only after the pupil has been notified of the intended action, and has had the opportunity to appeal the action to the superintendent. Expulsion of pupils from riding privileges may be done only by the superintendent. The pupil has the right to a hearing.
5. Permission to Ride Other Buses: Students must ride the bus to which they are assigned. Any exceptions to this policy are subject to approval by the transportation director.
6. No bus passes will be issued to High School students. High School students are expected to ride only to and from their assigned bus stop.
(Elementary/MS Students Only)
7. Requests for alternate pick up or drop off locations must be made in writing by parents or legal guardian. For student safety, phone calls cannot be verified and will not be acceptable for alternate drop off requests. Signed written notes delivered in advance are the only acceptable documents for alternate drop off locations. Emergency situations may be considered by the building principal.