Parent Handbook and Bus Rules
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| Parent Message | Bus Service Eligibility | Enroute to Bus Stop | Be Prompt |
| At the Bus Stop | Driver Authority | Boarding/Departing | Passenger Conduct
| Accidents/Breakdowns | Snow Days | Items Not Allowed on Buses |
| Student Discipline | Disciplinary Procedures |
Renton School District 403
300 SW 7th St, Renton, WA 98057
BUS SERVICE ELIGIBILITY:
Bus service is provided for students who live outside the walk boundaries established by the School Board.
All students (K-12) residing within one radius mile of their home school are required to walk.
Exceptions are made only when hazardous conditions are determined by the District.
To change an assigned bus and/or stop for the day, students must obtain a bus pass from the school office. If there is a permanent change for your student, please notify your school to obtain a bus assignment. Permanent changes may take up to 5 school days to process.
AT THE BUS STOP:
While waiting at the bus stop, students are expected to stand a safe distance from the street and avoid activities that could injure themselves or others. Students are expected to respect others’ property. When the bus approaches, students must observe the instructions of the Driver. This is particularly important in the winter when slick road conditions exist.
The Driver has full authority over the passengers on the bus. Seating assignments may be necessary to ensure proper passenger conduct. If inappropriate behavior is demonstrated by a student, the parent may be contacted to assist the student in modifying the behavior of concern.
ENROUTE TO BUS STOP:
Parents/Guardians are encouraged to review their student’s walking route to the bus stop, advising about safety concerns.
Bus passengers should arrive at the bus stop no sooner or later than five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Buses will promptly depart all schools 7 minutes after dismissal times. For safety, once bus doors are closed Drivers will not stop for late arriving students.
It may be necessary to cross the road to board the bus. Students are expected to observe the Driver’s instructions and always cross in front of the bus with the aid of the flashing stop sign lights and crossing arm.
Bus Drivers are thoroughly trained in defensive driving techniques and buses are carefully maintained. Yet, given the thousands of miles traveled annually and the traffic conditions in our area, accidents and breakdowns can happen. All of our buses are equipped with two-way radios and help can be just minutes away. One of the most important things to a bus driver in the event of an accident or breakdown is passenger cooperation.
Detailed emergency snow route information is distributed at the school. Emergency routing information is also available online at rentonschools.us. Local radio and TV stations will provide up-to-date information each morning when the roads are slick and/or snowy.
Ask the Driver in advance if your route could be affected and how this will impact your student.
Safe, respectful conduct is expected of all passengers to ensure safety:
· Obey the Driver’s instructions when first requested.
· Remain seated.
· Respect others and their property.
· Keep your hands to yourself.
· Keep noise level down.
· Drivers try to see that items left on buses are returned. There is no “lost & found” at the Transportation Department and Drivers are not responsible for items left on buses.
Serious or persistent violations will result in progressive discipline. The age and experience of the student will help determine how many progressive steps are appropriate. Certain activities may result in immediate suspension from bus riding privileges. These include but are not limited to:
- fighting on the bus - obscene gestures or profanity directed at the bus
- throwing objects in or out of the bus Driver or others
- possession of dangerous weapons - any part of the body extended outside of the bus
or articles - assault on a bus Driver or district personnel will result
- destroying or defacing district or in an indefinite suspension and possible criminal charges
private property - pointing a laser pointer at a bus Driver will result in
- smoking, or use/possession of drugs, suspension from the bus
alcohol or any form of tobacco - use of sparking devices
The District has adopted a progressive discipline policy which emphasizes logical consequences for inappropriate behavior.
When, in the opinion of the Driver, a serious rule violation occurs, or when the Driver’s efforts to deal with less severe violations are unsuccessful, or a pattern seems to have developed, a school bus incident report will be initiated. The intent is to maintain good order and a safe environment for students riding buses to and from school or school sponsored activities, as well as to notify parents of the misconduct of their children. The following are standard actions that will generally be applied uniformly in response to documented incidents.
If a violation occurs more than 45 calendar days after a previous violation, the disciplinary action will be the same as for the previous offense. There may be some exceptions to these disciplinary actions in extraordinary circumstances, as determined by the Transportation Liaison and the appropriate school principal. If a student is suspended for misconduct on any bus, the suspension will apply to all buses.
Note *Any student riding Renton School District buses may be subject to continuous video and audio monitoring.
Cameras* are mounted in district buses. Student behavior may be monitored or observed using the video and audio system. Parents may view a video concerning their student by contacting the Transportation Liaison.
Parents are encouraged to contact the Liaison anytime they have concerns. If appropriate, a conference with other parties, including the student and the Driver, may be arranged.
The District reserves the right to suspend transportation privileges for any student who demonstrates behavior unreasonably distracting to the Driver which may contribute to unsafe operation of the bus.
ITEMS NOT ALLOWED ON THE BUS:
For reasons of safety and health, and in order to comply with state law and district policies, the following items are not allowed on a school bus:
· Glass objects: bottles, jars, etc., and aerosol cans
· Open containers of food, drink, gum
· Inflated balloons
· Live animals, bugs, worms
· Plants, dirt, other growing projects
· Oversized objects and instruments; those that cannot fit safely in the seat with the student
· Weapons: guns, knives, razor blades, etc. (real or toy)
· Sports equipment which could endanger others: javelins, pole vaults, shot puts, baseball bats, etc.
· Any item which cannot be transported easily or which creates a safety concern: skateboards, scooters, etc.
· Any devices that are distractive
Please arrange for alternate transportation if any of the above items need to be transported to or from school.
When a Driver sends an incident report (see example below) home with a student, the slip must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the Driver on the following school day. Students in grades 6-12 will be denied bus riding privileges until the slip is signed and returned. Parent/Guardian will be notified by telephone within three (3) school days if the slip is not returned. Signing the slip does not denote agreement by the parent/guardian, but simply acknowledges receipt of the incident report. Parent comments may be noted on the back of the slip. A copy of the incident report and comments will be sent to the appropriate school principal. In the event that a student’s bus privilege is suspended, parent/guardian will be notified by telephone or in writing of the effective date and duration of the suspension. They may request more information or appeal the decision by notifying the Transportation Department at 425.204.4455. Further appeal of the decision of the Transportation Liaison should be directed to the District hearing officer through the office of the Superintendent (425.204.2340).
Renton School District 403
SCHOOL BUS INCIDENT REPORT
School_____________________________________ Route #________ Date_______________ Time____________
While riding a Renton School District bus, the above named student was:
( ) moving about while bus was in motion ( ) eating, drinking, littering
( ) refusing to obey Driver ( ) using profanity/obscene gestures
( ) fighting, pushing, tripping ( ) extending hands, feet, etc. from windows
( ) boarding/departing improperly ( ) excessively loud or boisterous
( ) violating safety regulations ( ) smoking, chewing tobacco, spitting
( ) using a lighter or matches ( ) disrespectful to Driver
( ) throwing objects in or out of bus ( ) in possession of unauthorized objects
( ) damaging bus equipment ( ) other (see comments)
This form must be signed and returned to the bus Driver on the day following notification of the incident. Your signature does not mean that you agree with the report. Students in grades 6-12 will be denied bus riding privileges until the slip is signed and returned.
Signature of Parent/Guardian__________________________________________
Note: Disciplinary action will be as published in the School Bus Passenger Rules and Procedures. Questions may be directed to the Transportation Department 425.204.4455.
Form 8806-R8/96 WHITE-Student/Parent YELLOW-School PINK-Transportation
Please discuss these bus passenger rules and procedures with your child. Your child should appreciate the important part they play in accomplishing SAFE and EFFICIENT district transportation.
Your child should understand that riding a school bus is a privilege conditioned on appropriate, safe, respectful behavior. Unruly conduct on the bus is a very real risk to the safe operation of a school bus.
Your cooperation in communicating this very important message would be most appreciated.
Bus Drivers Wanted
Please apply online at www.rentonschools.us
Kohlwes Education Center
300 SW 7th St, Renton, WA 98057