PARENT GUIDELINES

 

 PARENT POLICIES & PROCEDURES 

  • The bus operator will transport students each school day, to and from school, along the approved route, roads and weather permitting. 
  • The bus operator is in full charge of the school bus at all times. The students must obey the bus operator, and the student’s failure to do so shall lead to disciplinary procedures.
  • The bus operator shall allot a seat to each student and no student shall use a seat other than the one that has been allotted without permission.
  • All students must be seated while the bus is in motion and must not rise from their seats until the bus has come to a complete stop. 
  • Outside of ordinary conversation, classroom conduct is to be observed, and the operator may separate students who do not cooperate.
  • For safety purposes, student conversation with the bus operator is prohibited while the bus is in motion.
  • No person other than students and the bus operator, with the exception of Board members, assigned staff, or supervisors, may ride on the bus on its regular route.
  • No parents or guardians of students are permitted to get onto the bus under any circumstances without the permission of the bus operator. No parents or guardians of the students are permitted to scold, willfully attack, or otherwise molest any student on the bus. In the event that a parent or guardian boards the bus without the permission of the bus operator, student transportation service to that particular household will be suspended. 
  • Bus operators are not permitted to make stops other than those designated by the Board. A stop to pick up groceries, deliver messages, or other such stops are not permitted. 
  • The use of tobacco and alcohol on the bus is prohibited. 
  • Students must not throw paper or other garbage on the floor of the bus. 
  • Students must not throw any object or item from the bus.
  • Students must not extend arms, head, or other parts of their body out of the windows of the bus.
  • Students must not eat or drink on the bus without authorization of the bus operator. In the event that the bus operator allows students to eat or drink on the bus, the bus operator will ensure that the student has properly cleaned up any food or beverage.
  • No student shall maliciously or willfully attack or otherwise molest another on the bus.
  • Students must not take with them on the bus such items as firearms, blowguns, water pistols, elastic flippers, or any other items that through its use may damage the bus, inflict injury on another person, or cause unnecessary disturbances. 
  • Any willful or negligent damage to the bus by any student must be paid for by the student. The student will be suspended from riding the bus until the bus owner is fully paid for the incurred damage.
  • In the event that the bus operator is required to leave the bus, the bus operator must depart the bus with the bus keys.

​ Student Discipline and Suspension 

  • Any parent or guardian with complaints regarding incidents that may have occurred on the bus involving their child should report the situation to the bus operator and/or the school immediately.
  • In the event of student misconduct or misbehavior while attending the school bus, the bus operator will calmly provide the student with a verbal reprimand and at the end of the bus route will fill out a student misconduct/misbehavior report form in triplicate which includes the following information:
    • The name of the student misbehaving on the bus;
    • School the offending student attends;
    • Date and time;
    • Type of misconduct;
    • Action taken; and
    • Number of offences.
  • One copy of the report will be forwarded to the school counselor, one copy will be mailed to the parent or guardian, and one copy will be retained in the operator’s records. The bus operator will then telephone the student’s parent or guardian regarding the behavior of the student on the bus, explaining the safety hazard that the child is creating.
  • At no time will a student be discharged from the school bus on the road either en route to school or home.
  • On the second offence, the same process will take place, only this time the parent or guardian will be notified that the next offence will warrant a meeting with the Area Supervisor, bus operator, school counselor and/or principal and parent or guardian.
  • If a third offence takes place, the meeting will be called, and action to be taken will be decided by those that are present. 
  • The following infractions will warrant immediate riding suspension privileges in consultation with the school principal and Area Supervisor:
    • Intentionally injuring another student;
    • Vandalizing the school bus; and
    • Carrying or using contraband – firearms, explosives, alcohol, tobacco, etc.
  • Before the student has his or her riding privileges reinstated, a meeting must take place with the parent or guardian, school principal or counselor, student, bus operator, and the Area Supervisor.
  • If an offence occurs en route to home, the parents must be immediately notified of a suspension before the next day’s operation.
  • If there is a dispute between students, parents or guardians, and an operator, a meeting will be held to discuss the dispute with the school officials, the Board, the Area Supervisor, the operator, parents or guardians, and students. The school officials, according to their policies or the School Act, will determine the final outcome of the dispute.