Transportation & Parent Disclosure

The safety of your children is of highest priority. All children and their parents are asked to sign this disclosure and contribute to the safe and orderly climate on our school buses. This is a requirement for each student to obtain transportation privileges for transportation to and from school, field trips, activities, and all other bus transportation services. Each student should bring their signed disclosures back to the school office.

RULES FOR STUDENTS - SAFETY FIRST!

1. Safety & Orderly Conduct ‐ Follow Instructions. The bus driver is responsible for student safety. This means the bus driver is in charge.

2. Safety ‐ Bus Stop, Boarding, & Exiting. Students must not stand or play in the roadway while waiting for the bus. Students should leave home early enough to arrive at the bus stop before the bus is due. Students must cross the street at least 12 feet in front of the school bus and never behind the school bus.

3. Safety ‐ Remain Seated. Students must remain seated while the bus is in motion. Bus drivers have latitude to assign seats if needed.

4. Safety ‐ Be Respectful. Students are required to be respectful of the bus driver and others. This means students should use appropriate language, respect the authority of the bus driver, respect the bus and equipment, and respect other students. Bullying, inappropriate touching of others, littering, and other disrespectful behaviors will not be tolerated. By riding the bus, students have a responsibility to contribute to a safe and orderly climate on the bus. Being respectful promotes safety on school buses.

5. Safety ‐ School Rules & Laws Apply. Any school rules and laws which students are subject to are also applicable to bus transportation privileges. This includes disciplinary rules, regulations, laws, safe schools policies and laws, cell phone and electronic device school rules, etc. Obeying rules and laws promotes safety on school buses.

6. Safety ‐ Seating Charts. Students being transported to and from school each day will be assigned a seat. All route bus drivers will be making sure a seating chart is completed and being used daily.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION PROCEDURES

1. When bus & safety rules have been violated, bus drivers are to assess the situation and report immediately the name(s) of students, details of the incident, and factors that may have contributed to the situation directly to the district office.

2. The district office will then review the report and refer the incident to the appropriate school principal for possible disciplinary action.

3. The school principal is the primary person who has authority to determine whether or not disciplinary action is needed and/or whether or not bus privileges should be revoked. The school principal will consider all known past disciplinary problems and other known factors related to the student in conjunction with the school's disciplinary action plan when making this determination.

Bus Transportation is a Privilege. Students who violate the rules for student and bus safety, or violate school rules or laws while on the bus can/will have their bus transportation privileges revoked.

DISCLOSURE TOPARENTS - BUS CAMERAS
Video and/or audio recording devices may be used to monitor the health, safety, and welfare of all students, staff, and visitors to district property and to safeguard district facilities. Such recordings may be stored as evidence of unsafe, disruptive, and/or illegal behavior and may become part of a student record, a personnel file, and/or a legal proceeding. Staff and students are prohibited from tampering or otherwise interfering with the surveillance equipment and records. Parents or legal guardians shall only be allowed to view material that concerns their child in relationship to an alleged incident. Requests to inspect video/audio surveillance recordings must be made in writing.

UTAH & SCHOOL DISTRICT RULES ‐ STUDENT TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM SCHOOL

Who is eligible for school transportation to and from school?
State transportation funds shall be used only for transporting eligible students. A student eligible for state‐supported transportation means: 1) a student enrolled in kindergarten through grade six who lives at least 1‐1/2 miles from school; or 2) a student enrolled in grades seven through 12 who lives at least 2 miles from school.

Why can't the bus go down my street?
Transportation is over routes proposed by local boards and approved by the USOE. Information requested by the USOE shall be provided prior to approval of a route. A route shall: 1) traverse the most direct public route; 2) be reasonably cost effective related to other feasible alternatives; 3) provide adequate safety; 4 ) traverse roads that are constructed and maintained in a manner that does not cause property damage; and 5) include an economically adequate number of students.

Can my student ride the bus if they are not eligible but there is room on the bus?
Yes, but please remember that state law gives highest priority to eligible students first. If the bus reaches passenger capacity at any time,the first students to lose transportation privileges and be removed from the bus will be those who are not eligible for transportation (1‐1/2 and two mile rule). Bus drivers are instructed to remove older ineligible students first from the bus if the bus reaches its passenger capacity. Parents should be aware of this and plan accordingly.

Can my student get off the bus at another stop that is not the irregular stop by their home?
Yes, but again the safety of the student comes first. School officials are concerned first with the safety of students. A stop change can only occur when the parent notifies the school first. School officials must approve stop change requests first and then provide written notification to the bus driver of any approved stop change. Parents should communicate early with school officials regarding stop change requests. The bus driver is not permitted to change or add drop off points to their routes. Bus drivers may not grant permission for students to be dropped off at a non‐
regular bus stop without permission from school officials. The bus driver may only drop students off at state/district approved drop off points.