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Bus Disruption

Appropriate behavior is expected whenever a student is on the bus. Suspension from riding the bus does not mean suspension from school. Instead, the parent/guardian will be responsible for transporting the student to and from school. Driver, bus assistant or administrator may select a different consequence in handling an incident, depending on the seriousness of the infraction. Bus disruption occurs anytime a student deliberately or inadvertently interferes with the safe operation of a school bus, which is stopped, or moving; behaves in a manner adversely affecting an individual or property on or near the bus itself, at bus stops or at pick-up areas.

Table 1: Consequences For Bus Disruption
Type of Bus DistruptionConsequences –
Elementary/Middle/High
Asterisk (*) Indicates Required action
1st Offense
  • Verbal warning to student
  • Report to the parent/guardian*
  • It is expected that the parent/guardian will discuss the incident with the student to help prevent a recurrence.
2nd Offense
  • Depending on the seriousness of the behavior, disciplinary action will be taken at the discretion of the school administrator.
  • It is recommended that the student be placed on probation and receive written documentation of the offense to take to their parent/guardian.
3rd Offense
  • Short term suspension of riding privileges may result. The length of suspension will depend on the seriousness of the infraction.
  • A parent/guardian conference is required*.
  • Continued disruption could result in additional suspension of riding privileges.
  • Suspension from transportation can only happen at the direction of the Principal.
Severe Disruption
  • The following inappropriate and dangerous behavior will result in automatic suspension of transportation privileges for the school year:
    • Physical harm to other students or staff
    • Physical damage to the bus (restitution may be required)
Special Education
  • For students receiving special education services for a disability that includes behavior needs:
    • The IEP team shall provide relevant information to the bus company
    • The bus assistant, driver, or administrator have discretion in handling day to day minor infractions.
  • For circumstances in which suspension of privileges for more than ten (10) days, the matter will be reported and referred to the student’s IEP team.