5131.1 AR - Bus Conduct

Administrative Regulation No. 5131.1
Reviewed October 16, 2008


Bus Rider Rules

The following regulations apply at all times when students are riding a school bus, including when on school activity trips.

  1. Riders shall follow the instructions and directions of the bus driver at all times.
  2. Riders should arrive at the designated bus stop on time and stand in a safe place to wait quietly for the bus.
  3. Riders shall enter the bus in an orderly manner and go directly to their seats.
  4. Riders shall sit down and fasten any passenger restraint systems. Riders shall remain seated while the bus is in motion.
  5. Riders shall not block the aisle or emergency exit with their body or personal belongings. Riders may bring large or bulky items, such as class projects, or musical instruments, on the bus only if the item does not displace any other rider or obstruct the driver’s vision.
  6. Riders should be courteous to the driver and to fellow passengers. Vulgarity, rude or abusive behavior is prohibited.
  7. Any noise or behavior that could distract the driver, such as loud talking, scuffling, or fighting, throwing objects, or standing or changing seats, is prohibited and may lead to suspension of riding privileges.
  8. Riders shall not use tobacco products, eat or drink while riding the bus.
  9. Riders must turn off and store all electronic devices and cell phones. Use of cell phones is prohibited except as directed by the driver.
  10. Riders shall not put any part of the body out of the window nor throw any item from the bus.
  11. Riders shall help keep the bus and the area around the bus stop clean. Riders shall not damage or deface the bus or tamper with bus equipment.
  12. Service animals are permitted on school transportation services; all other animals are prohibited. (Education Code 39839; 13 CCR 1216)
  13. Upon reaching their destination, rider shall remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop and upon the signal from the driver, unfasten any restraint system, enter the aisle and go directly to the exit.
  14. Riders should be alert for traffic when leaving the bus and shall follow the district’s transportation safety plan when crossing the road and exiting the bus.

The driver or any passenger shall report any violation of the district’s bus rules to the principal or designee. The principal or designee shall notify the student’s parents/guardian of the misbehavior, determine the severity of the misconduct, and take action accordingly. In instances of a server violation or repeated offenses, the rider may be denied transportation for a period of time determined appropriate by the principal or designee.

Bus drivers shall not deny transportation except as directed by the principal or designee.

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