School & Parent Responsibilities

School Responsibilities

The school principal is responsible for the discipline of his/her students who ride the school buses. Students who cannot comply with the school bus regulations may be denied the privilege of riding school buses. When this happens, school attendance is still required and parents must make other arrangements for their children to get to school. Students may be suspended and/or recommended for expulsion by the principal due to violations of bus policies.

Parent Responsibilities

  • Parents are responsible for reviewing the “School Bus Rules and Regulations” with their children.
  • Parents are responsible for instructing their children to cross in front of the bus after being discharged, if the locations of their residences require them to cross the road at bus stops.
  • Parents are responsible for the safety and supervision of their children from the time the children leave home in the morning until they board the bus, and at the end of the day from the time the school bus departs the unloading area until the children reach their home.
  • Parents are liable for damage caused by their children to the property of others, including the school bus. When children walk to and from the bus stop or school, while they wait at the school bus stop, and when they walk home from the school bus stop at the end of the school day, they must show consideration and respect for the property of citizens whose homes and places of business are located along their routes.
  • Parents should have their children ready to board the bus ten (10) minutes before the scheduled arrival time of the bus.
  • Parents of children who walk to bus stops should develop specific routes which minimize the exposure of their children to vehicular traffic when walking to and from the bus stops.
  • Parents should talk to their children about obeying school crossing guards and traffic control signals.
  • Parents should walk to and from the bus stops with their younger children, using this opportunity to teach their children proper pedestrian practices. If parents cannot accompany their children, arrangements should be made, if possible, for older children (sister, brother, or neighbor) to do so.
  • Parents with special needs children should be home to receive their children from the school bus at the end of the school day. If parents cannot be home to receive their children from the school bus, arrangements should be made, if possible, for older children (sister, brother, or neighbor) to receive the children from the school bus.
  • Parents are responsible for completing the “Student School Bus Information” form. The bus personnel or transportation staff may need to contact parents about emergencies or discipline matters.
  • Parents should notify their children’s schools a week before they move to another residence.

Riding the school bus is a privilege. This privilege may be temporarily denied or permanently revoked if the misconduct of the child jeopardizes the safe operation of the school bus or the safety of the children riding the bus.