Behavioral Expectations for Riding the Bus

 

Availability

Although Golf District 67 is not required to provide transportation services, a fee-based transportation option is available to all students in grades K-8.  District 67 provides this as a convenience to our families. Bus transportation is provided by North Shore Transit.

 

Student Conduct, Discipline, and Due Process (Parent Student Handbook, pages 13-14)

While on school premises, riding in school buses or at school-sponsored activities, students are expected and required to behave in an orderly and appropriate manner with due regard and respect for the rights of others, the rules and regulations of the school district, the directives of school personnel, and all existing laws.

All children who ride the bus daily or on a field trip must abide by the following rules:

  • Children are to remain in seats.

  • There is to be no wrestling, pushing, or shoving on the bus, at the bus stop, or on the schoolyard where the children board buses.

  • No food or drink of any kind is to be consumed on the bus.

  • Nothing is to be thrown out of the bus windows.

  • Nothing is to be thrown in the bus or at the bus stops, including snow.

  • Windows are not to be opened by the children. The bus driver will see to it that the bus is adequately ventilated.

  • No child is to put his/her hands, arms, or head out the windows.

  • Talking to the person next to you is permitted but shouting on the bus is forbidden.  No one is to shout out the windows.  Singing is allowed only with the approval of the driver and/or teacher.

  • District 67 will only transport a child who rides his/her assigned bus, and {who} boards and disembarks at his/her regular stop. Transportation to and from the homes of friends is a parent responsibility. The school will not take educational time to make busing arrangements. If a child is to visit a friend either before or after school, it is the parent who must take the responsibility for transporting the child. Bus stop changes will be considered only in cases of extreme emergency.

  • Rude, discourteous and annoying conduct, and other behavior negatively affecting the safety, well-being and the rights of others will not be tolerated.

  • The driver is in full charge of the bus and must be obeyed.

 

These rules are a necessity for the safety of all children who ride the bus. In general, the following consequences will be assigned for students who violate the rules; however, since each incident will be reviewed separately, it is within the principal’s discretion to assign consequences other than those listed below.

 

More serious misbehavior may result in further disciplinary action. The first time a child violates any of these rules, he/she will be issued a school bus incident report that must be signed by a parent and returned to the principal.

 

At the discretion of the building principal, the student may be given an assigned seat for one week. The second time that a child violates any of these rules, the parent will be notified by the principal or designee that the student will not be permitted to ride the bus for one day. A detention may be assigned at the discretion of the principal. If there is a third violation, the parent will be notified by the principal or designee that the offending student will not be permitted to ride the bus for one week. A fourth violation may result in the loss of bus riding privileges.

 

For the safety and security of students and maintenance of appropriate discipline, security cameras may be utilized on the school buses. In unforeseen or extenuating circumstances, the principal reserves the right to, at his discretion, remove a child from the bus for extended periods beyond those identified above.

 

Bus routes and pick-up times are published in late August.  Students must be at their assigned bus stops prior to the bus arrival.  Drivers will not wait for students who are not standing at their designated stops.  The drivers are instructed to pick up and discharge children at their designated stops only. This is mandated by state law.

 

The bus routes will be reviewed for efficiency each year. This reduction in stops will provide a decrease in running time and costs enabling the School District to provide efficient, low cost transportation to the students.

 

Safety (Parent Student Handbook, page 12)

Each year District 67 students review and are taught basic safety practices. The major areas of concentration include home, school, street, bicycle, Internet, and school bus safety. The Morton Grove Fire and Police Departments and the Illinois Department of Education all cooperate with the schools in teaching safety to the children.

 

Bus Evacuation Drill (Parent Student Handbook page 12)

Bus drills are conducted at least one time a year. All students, whether they ride the bus regularly or only on field trips, participate in the drills. Students practice exiting from the front exit, the rear exit, and both exits simultaneously.

 

Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Abuse (Parent Student Handbook, page 12)

Non-medical use of drugs is hazardous to the health of students.  The illicit use, possession or distribution of alcohol, tobacco, drugs or look-alike drugs and drug paraphernalia is not permitted on school buses, in school buildings, or on school grounds at any time.  This policy also extends to all school-sponsored and related activities including, but not limited to, field trips, athletic and music trips, whether held before or after school, evenings, or weekends.

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