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Bus Safety Rules

School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation in the nation today. They are 2000 times safer than riding in your family car. At Jefferson County North we are concerned about every one of our students who travel in our school buses. Most of us do not realize the constant behind-the-scene efforts to make the ride a safe, positive experience for our students. Our drivers take great pride in their training, drills and discipline that it takes to deliver your child safely each and every day.

Parents, grandparents and other adults must do their part so we can make it even safer to ride to and from school. Please encourage your children to follow the safety rules both on and off the bus. Remember to be prepared to stop when you see the flashing red lights and the stop arm displayed. There is nothing more important to us than your child's safety.

If you are not going to ride your normal bus route, please call your driver. If it is after 7:00 a.m. call the E/MS office at 913-886-3870. It is important to note that riding the bus is a privilege, and that privilege can be revoked at any time. The Principal and Transportation Director reserve the right to review each case individually and assign alternate consequences. General bus safety rules are as follows:  
 

1)The bus driver is expected to be in charge of bus safety and rules.

2)Buses must run on schedule so students should be waiting 5 minutes before the bus arrives, 10 feet off the roadway.

3)All school rules and consequences apply on regular bus routes, activity trips and at the bus stops.

4)The bus driver may assign seats.

5)Be courteous and respectful to others and their property. Profanity and violence are prohibited.

6) Remain seated until instructed to exit the bus. Do not block the exits.

7) Keep hands, feet and head inside the bus and everything, including yourself, out of the aisle.

8) No food, candy or drinks will be allowed on the bus for regular routes.

9) No tobacco products, alcohol, drugs, animals, or weapons on the bus.

10) Students will stay out of the driver's seat and will not tamper with equipment.

11) Students will not be permitted to change buses or stops without parental permission in the form of a note or telephone call to the school office.

12) Do not throw anything inside the bus or out of the bus windows.

13) Electronics (phones, music/head phones, etc.) are permitted on buses but will be taken away if they interfere with safety.

14) Windows are to be halfway up before the bus pulls away and will remain there for the entire ride.

15) Students are not to carryon unnecessary conversations with the driver while the bus is in motion.

Disciplinary Actions for Violations of Bus Safety Rules
Bus conduct offenses will result in the following:

First Offense: Will result in a conference with the student and contact with parent will be made.

Second Offense: Will result in a conference with the student and contact with the parent with a one day suspension from the bus.

Third Offense: Will result in a conference with the student and contact with the parent with a three day suspension from the bus.

Fourth Offense: Will result in a conference with the student and the parent with a five day suspension from the bus.

Fifth Offense: Will result in a conference with the student and the parent and a suspension from the bus up to 30 days or the rest of the semester, whichever is longer.

A major offense such as a Level One or Level Two Conduct will result in a conference with the student and parent and may result in a suspension from the bus for up to the remainder of the school year as determined by the principal.

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