• Ridership Rules: 

    Following the rules listed below will ensure students are able to ride to school in a healthy safe environment.  
     
    Rules and Regulations for Bus Riders
    1. Do not run after, or chase a bus that is moving.
    2. Arrive at pick up point 5 minutes before pick up time, ready to board bus.
    3. Do not push or shove when boarding, or when unloading from the bus.
    4. Follow direction from the driver. Driver has the right to assign seats as deemed necessary.
    5. Go straight to assigned seat, and remain there. Do not stand or move about the bus while it is in motion.
    6. Talk in a normal tone of voice. Yelling, loud, or profane language is not permitted.
    7. Do not distract the driver while he is driving unless it is an emergency.
    8. Do not open or close windows without driver permission.
    9. Do not hang out the window. Keep your head and arms in the bus.
    10. Do not put anything outside the bus window.
    11. Keep arms, feet, books, etc., out of the aisle.
    12. Carry-on bags should not infringe on the space of others. Book bags with wheels should be carried.
    13. All toys, games, balls etc., should be inside a contained bag, and are not for use on a bus.
    14. Any use of a tobacco product, electronic cigarettes, drugs, or alcohol is not permitted.
    15. Eating, drinking or chewing gum is not permitted.
    16. Firearms, weapons, scents, matches, or lighters are not permitted.
    17. Do not tamper with equipment on the bus.
    18. Do not litter, trash, deface, or damage the bus in anyway.
    19. Physical, or verbal abuse of another student will not be tolerated.
    20. Rude, discourteous, or annoying behavior is not permitted.
    21. Any behavior that is deemed to be a danger in relation to safety, will-being, or respect for others will be disciplined.
    22. If bus is equipped with seat belts, students are required to wear them.

     In case of emergency and when the driver must leave the bus:

    1. Stay seated
    2. Do not touch emergency equipment
    3. Depend on the driver’s training to take care of the situation.

    NOTE: In accordance with Indiana Law, it is a privilege to ride a school bus. Violation of the above rules and regulations may result in suspension of transportation privileges.

     

     

    Assigned Seats:

    All drivers are strongly encouraged to assign seats to students using the form and magnets provided by the Transportation Department.  Drivers may use their own seat identification magnets if approved by the Transportation Manager.  All students are to abide by the seat assignment; failure to sit in an assigned seat may result in a discipline form being issued by the driver/monitor.

     

    It is recommended that seat assignments be done at the beginning of the school year.  The seat assignment is suggested for Emergency Responders as well as student accountability.

     

     

    Student Management/Discipline:

    When students are being transported on a school bus, the students are under the supervision, direction, and control of the school bus driver/monitor and are subject to disciplinary measures by the school bus driver and the governing body of the school corporation (monitor).  IC 20-27-10-1           
     

    The driver shall inform the students of procedures and bus conduct by providing them a yellow card containing this information.

     

    The driver shall be consistent in following the procedures for proper student behavior and control.

     

    Be sure that all students understand what you expect of them.

     


     

    Behavior Management/Student Discipline Form 

    Drivers are expected to follow the Behavior Management plan that is outlined below, however the severity of the offense may over rule the following disciplinary action. 

     

    Written Warning:

    Driver requesting parent/guardian involvement to assist driver before further discipline action is taken.

    The student’s parent/guardian will be provided a copy of the School Bus Incident Report.

    The student will not be allowed to ride the bus until the driver receives a signed copy (yellow) by the student’s parent/guardian of the bus incident report.

     

    First Offense:

    The driver may reassign seating, speak to the student regarding their behavior and, if necessary, suspend the student’s riding privileges for one day.

    Suspensions will take effect the following school day.

    Parent/guardian will be notified with a copy of the School Bus Incident Report.

    The student will not be allowed to ride the bus until the driver receives a signed copy (yellow) by the student’s parent/guardian of the bus incident report.

     

    Second Offense:

    The bus driver may take action to suspend the pupil from riding the bus up to 10 days.

    This suspension will take effect the following school day.

    The parent/guardian will be notified with a copy of the School Bus Incident Report.

    Notification to school officials of this action will be communicated by the bus driver or transportation designee.

    The student will not be allowed to ride any BCSC bus until the driver receives a signed copy (yellow) by the student’s parent/guardian of the bus incident report.

    At this point, a bus contract (documentation the student, school officials and guardian understand should the student receive another bus discipline report they will lose bus privileges for the remainder of the school year) will be completed.

     

    Third Offense:

    The student is suspended from riding any BCSC school bus for the remainder of the

    school year. 

    The parent/guardian will receive the white copy of the School Bus Incident Report noting violation of contract.

    Notification to school officials of this action will be communicated by the bus driver or transportation designee.

     
    Note:  In accordance with Indiana Law, it is a privilege to ride a bus school bus.  Violation of the above rules and regulations may result in suspension of transportation privileges.
     
     

    Student Discipline Contracts: 

    Once a student has violated all above offenses and proper procedures were followed a discipline contract will now be implemented.  A meeting will be set between the student, parent/guardian, school representative, and a transportation official.  The transportation official will explain the expectations set forth from this day forward, going over bus rules and responsibilities explaining this is their last opportunity to make better choices on the bus.  Should the student occur another bus discipline form (action) they will lose bus priviledges for the remainder of the school year.  At this point the student, along with everyone present signs the contract to confirm everyone understands the contract terms.
     
     
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