Bus Rider Rules and Expectations

  • Appropriate student behavior is as important on a school bus as in the classroom. Unlike a teacher, however, the bus driver is occupied primarily with driving the bus through traffic in all kinds of weather. When appropriate student behavior is maintained on the bus, passengers will have a safe, pleasant trip.

    Riding to and from school each day is a privilege, not a right. This privilege may be taken away if a student does not adhere to bus safety rules and cooperate with the driver and other school personnel at all times.

    A student being transported in school-owned vehicles is required to comply with the DSISD Student Code of Conduct. Failure to comply with the SCOC or established safety rules while on school transportation may result in restrictions or forfeiture of transportation services as well as disciplinary action.

    Expectations

    • Cooperate with the driver and other school personnel at all times.
    • Be at the designated stop 10 minutes prior to the scheduled bus arrival time and be ready to board.
    • As the bus approaches, form a single line at least six feet away from where the bus stops.
    • Board the bus carefully and courteously.
    • Take your assigned seat and remain seated until the bus has come to a complete stop at your authorized stop.
    • Leave the bus carefully and courteously.
    • All Pre-K - 2nd grade students shall be met at bus door by parent or designee in the afternoon.
    • Driver is authorized to assign seats.
    • Be courteous to other riders; do not try to save seats for your friends.
    • Report any problems on the bus to the bus driver, Director of Transportation, or school personnel.
    • All loose items, including band instruments, should be secured.
    • All students who use District transportation must board buses at authorized stops only. Authorized stops will be designated annually by the Superintendent or designee. Bus drivers will load and unload passengers only at authorized stops.
    • Except for water in a plastic or non-breakable bottle, no eating or drinking is allowed.
    • The following items are prohibited:
      • Glass objects
      • Live animals and/or insects
      • Aerosol containers
      • Open flame of any kind
      • Explosives or fireworks
      • Tobacco products of any type
      • Objects too large to fit in a student's lap or seat
      • Any item that may present a risk to the safety of passengers
    • Cell phones and all electronic devices should remain in the possession of the owner in order to prevent loss or damage. The district will not be responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen telecommunications devices.
    • Parents should be aware that drivers are unable to monitor appropriate use of electronic devices while on the school bus.


    Conduct Resulting in the Loss of Bus Privileges

    • Fighting, physical abuse or threat of physical abuse.
    • Throwing objects within the bus or out the window.
    • Possession of any controlled substance.
    • Possession or use of any object used to inflict bodily injury to a person including, but not limited to, guns, knives, chains, explosives or fireworks. Anything that resembles a weapon shall be considered as a weapon.
    • Extending body parts from the bus.
    • Boarding or leaving the bus through the emergency door unless there is an emergency.
    • Vandalism of any part of the inside or outside of the bus. In addition to being charged for the damages, further bus privileges may be denied.
    • Flagrant disrespect or disobedience to the driver.
    • Repeated infractions of bus safety rules.