The privilege of riding a school bus will depend upon students obeying the following rules and procedures in accordance with the Gallatin County School District and under 702 KAR 5:030 Section 19-20. These behavioral expectations apply to students, drivers, and others, whether going to and from home, at the bus stop, on the buses, on our school grounds or in our school buildings. Per Board Policy 06.33 every child in grades K, 1,and 2, must have an adult in sight of bus driver while being discharged from the bus unless the appropriate waiver allowing discharge in another manner is signed and approved by the Principal. Grades below K must have hand-to-hand loading and discharge. Children not having appropriate supervision at the time of discharge will be returned to school for safety purposes.
CONDUCT ON BUS
1. Students must arrive at the bus stop on time (this is before the bus arrives, ideally-3-5 minutes early).
2. Students who must cross the roadway should cross in front of the bus after the driver signals them that it is safe to do so.
3. Students are to obey the driver promptly.
4. Students are to help the driver keep the bus clean by cleaning their feet before entering the bus and keeping wastepaper and rubbish off the floor and seats.
5. Students are to sit in the seat assigned by the bus driver and stay seated while on the bus.
6. Students are not to have matches, lighters or any open flame on the bus. Students with open flames while riding the bus will be reported to the appropriate authorities and are subject to removal from the bus.
7. Students should avoid unnecessary conversations with the bus driver (to avoid unnecessary distraction).
8. Students are not to fight, use loud, abusive or profane language while on the bus.
9. Students are not to lean out the bus windows. They must keep their arms, legs, head, and property inside the bus.
10. Students are to enter and leave the bus only after it has come to a complete stop.
11. Students are to leave the bus only at their regular bus stop or at the school, unless they have written permission of a school administrator.
12. Students are to respect the people they pass while on the bus. They are not to yell or make signs to those the bus passes along the road.
13. Students are not to damage the bus and should report any damage to the bus driver. If they do cause damage, their parents or guardians may be held responsible for restitution.
14. Students are not to interfere with the vision of the driver.
15. Students are not to block the aisle of the bus or transport animals on the bus. The driver shall not permit the transport of any object that would block the bus aisle or exit in case of collision under 702 KAR 5:080 section 14.
16. At no time shall students be permitted to eat, drink, or use tobacco products while riding the bus.
17. Use of electronic communication devices on a bus in any manner shall be prohibited if they cause undo panic or stress or involve inappropriate activity. Phones and other electronic devices shall be used quietly. The ride to and from school are considered school hours and the applicable board policy will apply.
18. Students are not to be involved in any type of conduct on the bus which makes for any unsafe condition for students, driver, other motorists, or pedestrians.
The bus driver will assist the principal or school administrator in seeing that the above rules and procedures are carried out. If any pupil persists in violating these procedures, the bus driver shall notify the principal. In addition, the principal/school administrator may suspend bus-riding privileges if the pupil continues to disobey the rules and procedures. If this action becomes necessary, the principal shall notify the parents in writing and send a copy of the notice to the superintendent and director of transportation. The principal has the responsibility of maintaining discipline on all school buses servicing his or her school.
The principal is authorized to suspend immediately, as a disciplinary and/or safety measure, bus riding privileges for any student who is reported to him by the bus driver.
NOTE: These directives reflect minimum standards. When a student is found to be in violation of the School Bus Policy as outlined in The Gallatin County Code of Acceptable Behavior, additional disciplinary consequences may be levied at the principal’s discretion as the situation warrants.
Drivers will report unusual or repeated behavior problems to the principal and parents by using a Bus Conduct Report. For permanent suspension of bus riding privileges, the parents must first be notified and given the reasons why this action is necessary. Parents should be encouraged to solve the problem before this privilege is revoked. If, after consultation with the parents, the problem persists, then parents should be notified in writing of the suspension of bus riding privileges with proper documentation justifying this action.
Drivers shall be aware that the principals are responsible for discipline and drivers shall refrain from publicly offering critical comments regarding disciplinary actions. Students who lose their riding privileges shall not be eligible to transfer to another bus while privileges are suspended. Parents are responsible to arrange transportation for their children to and from school. (In cases which involve students with disabilities, the procedures mandated by federal and state law for students with disabilities shall be followed.) After complying with the above procedures, the superintendent or principal is authorized to exclude a student from transportation services.
Bus Seating, Passes, and Issues - Similar to classrooms, bus drivers have the right to assign students to seats and limit items brought on the bus. No students will be transported on a bus other than his/her own without a pass or list that has been signed by the school official. Depending on bus route size, passes may be limited by the school or the transportation department. If there are problems on the bus, please first contact the building Principal where your son/daughter attends, then, if necessary, contact the transportation department for the District.