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Student Conduct on School Buses

The right of students to ride a school bus is contingent upon their good behavior and their observance of established regulations outlined in The Student and Family Handbook (Code of Conduct).

The driver of the school bus shall be in complete charge of the bus during the ride and while students are entering or leaving the vehicle. Students shall be required to conform to all regulations concerning discipline, safety, and behavior while riding on the school bus. The driver shall notify appropriate authorities if a student persists in violating the established rules of conduct.

A student may not be removed from a bus en route to or from school; however, after due warning has been given to the student and/or parents, the privilege of riding the bus may be withheld from the student.

Violation of district policies and regulations while on the school bus may result in student discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion, in accordance with district policy.

For additional information, please refer to District Policy JICC - Student Conduct on School Buses.


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This applies to behavior on school buses and at bus stops. If a bus is equipped with seatbelts, they must be worn at all times.

 

Level 1 offenses which cause delay, disruption, or distraction

  1. Failure to remain properly seated in assigned seat
  2. Loud, disruptive talking, yelling, or noises
  3. Disturbing or targeting another student, driver, or assistant
  4. Eating or drinking on the bus
  5. Littering
  6. Failure to keep your hands, feet, and body to yourself
  7. Unauthorized cell phone usage, including talking on phone, taking pictures, or making videos
  8. Refusal to show bus pass or give student name upon driver's request. Use of a false bus pass

Level 2 offenses which are disrespectful, illegal, damaging, or demeaning

  1. Profanity, obscene language, or gestures
  2. Extending anything or any part of your body outside of bus window
  3. Refusal to follow bus drivers instructions or other defiant behavior
  4. Spitting on the bus or at others
  5. Throwing objects on the bus or at the bus
  6. Having tobacco, alcohol, drugs, including paraphernalia on the bus
  7. Defacing school district property or personal property (under $2,000)
  8. All forms of bullying, including verbal, physical, or electronic
  9. Possession of laser pens, lighters, fireworks, or other combustibles
  10. Inappropriate touching or physical displays of affection
  11. Unsafe behavior not listed elsewhere

Level 3 offenses which are extremely damaging or dangerous

  1. Fighting or physical assault
  2. Weapon, simulated weapon, firearm, destructive device, or dangerous instruments
  3. Lighting matches, lighters, or setting anything on fire
  4. Lighting fireworks or other explosives on fire
  5. Destroying school district or personal property (over $2,000)
  6. Verbal, ethnic, racial, and/or sexual abuse, or threat of harm or violence directed towards anyone
  7. Using tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, including vaping
  8. Activation or tampering with emergency or safety equipment on the bus
  9. Unauthorized exit from emergency door or any window
  10. Use of laser pens, lights, or other shining or reflective devices to distract or obscure driver's vision
  11. Shoving student(s) in path of any on-coming vehicle
  12. Physically impeding movement of school bus
  13. Throwing objects out of bus
  14. Throwing objects at/toward the driver/assistant or other student
  15. Theft of personal or district property
  16. Inappropriate sexual behavior, such as exposing private parts, performing sexual acts or gestures
  17. Urinating
  18. Any action causing harm to others

 

DISCIPLINARY GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOL BUS OFFENSES

All bus suspensions are school days. Subsequent offenses are cumulative from the original offense. In all cases, a copy of the citation will be sent home, emailed, or mailed to the student's home address. Suspensions are from the bus, therefore, parents/guardians must provide transportation to and from school.

A Restorative Practice session may be required after a citation.

Level 1 offenses

 Grades K-5
1st Offense   Assigned Seat
2nd Offense   1-3 Days Suspension
 3rd Offense 3-5 Days Suspension
4th Offense  5-10 Days Suspension
 Grades 6-8
1st Offense   Assigned Seat
2nd Offense  1-3 Days Suspension
3rd Offense  3-5 Days Suspension
4th Offense  5-10 Days Suspension
 Grades 9-12
1st Offense  Assigned Seat
 2nd Offense 1-3 Days Suspension
 3rd Offense 3-5 Days Suspension
 4th Offense 5-10 Days Suspension

Level 2 offenses

 Grades K-5
1st Offense  Assigned Seat
2nd Offense  1-3 Days Suspension
 3rd Offense 3-5 Days Suspension
4th Offense  5-10 Days Suspension
 Grades 6-8
1st Offense  1-3 Days Suspension
2nd Offense  3-5 Days Suspension
3rd Offense  5-10 Days Suspension
4th Offense  10-15 Days Suspension
 Grades 9-12
1st Offense  1-3 Days Suspension
 2nd Offense 3-5 Days Suspension
 3rd Offense 5-10 Days Suspension
 4th Offense 20 Days-Rest of Year

Level 3 offenses

 Grades K-5
1st Offense  1-3 Days Suspension
2nd Offense  3-5 Days Suspension
 3rd Offense 5-10 Days Suspension
4th Offense  10 Days-Rest of Year
 Grades 6-8
1st Offense  1-3 Days Suspension
2nd Offense  3-5 Days Suspension
3rd Offense  5-10 Days Suspension
4th Offense  10 Days-Rest of Year
 Grades 9-12
1st Offense  3-5 Days Suspension
 2nd Offense 5-10 Days Suspension
 3rd Offense 10-20 Days Suspension
 4th Offense 20 Days-Rest of Year

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