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Mabry
Middle School
Conduct of School Bus Passengers
Band Instruments on School Buses

 

Band instruments, or other items, carried on a school bus must be of such size that they can be transported in the students lap. This is necessary to insure that all items are kept under the control of the student at all times in case of an accident or an emergency.

  

District Code of Conduct of Passengers

 

All students who are transported on buses in District One are expected to follow the bus safety rules and regulations as established by the State of South Carolina and District One Schools. Questions and concerns relating to the code of conduct or school bus transportation services should be directed to the school-level transportation contact or the office of transportation at the District Administrative Offices. The driver of the school bus is in complete charge of the passengers while they are aboard the bus. This code of conduct is structured in three levels with appropriate penalties for each level of the code. All students must arrive at school and return home safely; therefore, it is imperative that all passengers follow the bus code of conduct. This code of conduct has been prepared in order to provide for the safety of all passengers and in support of the safest operation of the bus. Riding a school bus in the sate of South Carolina is a privilege, not a guaranteed right. All passengers are expected to model behaviors that would allow them to enjoy the privilege of riding buses.

  

Level I

 

Disorderly Conduct: Disorderly conduct is defined as those activities that tend to impede orderly operation of a school vehicle. Acts of disorderly conduct with enforcement procedures or sanctions to be applied shall include but are not limited to the following:

 

1.      Disorderly conduct on the bus or at the bus stop is prohibited. Severity of the conduct will be assessed and disciplinary Level will be assigned for punishment.

2.      Books, book-bags and other objects should not be placed in the aisle of the bus or in any area blocking a routine or emergency exit from the bus. Passengers should not block bus isles with arms and/or legs.

3.      Passengers should refrain from talking to the driver. Making loud noises, yelling, pushing, tripping, and general horseplay is prohibited.

4.      Glass containers and balloons are prohibited on the bus.

5.      Passengers should enter and exit the bus only at appropriate, authorized stops. Variations must be approved by the principal or school bus contact at the passenger's school. Special permission is required to ride an alternative bus.

 

The following consequences apply to Level I violations:

 

First Offense: Warning

Second Offense: One to five days’ suspension from the school bus

Third Offense: Five to ten days’ suspension from the school bus

Fourth Offense: Bus privileges denied for the remainder of the year

The administration reserves the right to adjust disciplinary actions as deemed appropriate for the violation of bus safety rules.

 

Level II

 

Disruptive Conduct: Disruptive conduct is defined as those activities that are directed against persons or property and the consequences of which tend to endanger the health or safety of oneself or others on a school vehicle. Acts of disruptive conduct with enforcement procedures or sanctions to be applied shall include but are not limited to the following:

 

1.      Passengers are to be seated immediately and remain seated while the bus is in motion. Any and all passengers will have assigned seats and must sit where assigned.

2.      Passengers should never extend arms, legs or head out of the bus windows or doors or across the aisle between seats.

3.      Passengers in assigned seats must use the assigned seats when riding the bus.

4.      Passengers must not wave or shout to pedestrians or occupants of the bus or other vehicles.

5.      Eating and drinking are not permitted on the bus. Students are to assist the driver in keeping the bus neat and clean at all times. A trash receptacle is provided near the bus entrance.

6.      Littering, trashing or defacing property (writing or marking on the bus) is never appropriate.

7.      Radios, walkmans, tape players, etc. are prohibited. Students, who must carry these items to school at the request or with permission from school personnel, must leave such items with the driver until departure from the bus.

8.      Balloons and other noisemakers are prohibited.

9.      The use of profanity or vulgarity, abusive language and obscene gestures are forbidden.

10. The use of rude or discourteous behavior(s) toward the driver or other passengers is prohibited.

11. The possession and distribution of any tobacco products is prohibited on the bus and any District One property.

12. Throwing objects out of the bus or on the bus is prohibited.

13. Disobeying the bus driver in any way is prohibited.

14. Harassing, threatening, intimidating, or physically abusing or hitting another passenger is prohibited.

  

The following consequences apply to Level II violations:

 

First Offense: One to five days’ suspension from the school bus

Second Offense: Five to ten days’ suspension from the school bus

Third Offense: Bus privileges denied for the remainder of the school year

 

The administration reserves the right to adjust disciplinary actions as deemed appropriate for the violation of bus safety rules.

 

Level III

 

Criminal Conduct: Criminal conduct is defined as those activities, which result in violence to oneself, another person, or property; or which pose a direct and serious threat to the safety to oneself or others on a school vehicle. These activities usually require administrative actions that result in the immediate removal of the student from school, the intervention of law enforcement authorities, and/or action by the school board or its designee.

 

 

Mabry Middle School Bus Policy

 

Students are considered on school property when they are on the bus. Questions or concerns about bus schedule, routes, and discipline should be addressed to the principal. Bus riders are not to purchase drinks before boarding the buses in the afternoons. Please refer to the bus discipline policies below. In order for a guest to ride the school bus home with a friend, the following conditions must be met:

  • Guest are allowed if there is room on the bus and they do not present a discipline problem.
  • Only one guest per student is allowed.
  • Both students must have a note from their parents with the following information: name of student who is the regular bus rider and name of guest rider; bus number and driver’s name; date they will ride (specify morning or afternoon); a phone number for parent (for verification); and parent signature.
  • Notes must be turned in to the front office in the morning by 7:55 if riding that afternoon.
  • At the discretion of the bus supervisor, some buses may not have any guest riders due to full loads.

No guest riders permitted on Friday on any bus.

Parents will be notified of any rule violation incurred by a bus rider.

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