FILE:  JCDAD

Cf:  JCD, JD,JDF

 

SCHOOL BUS CONDUCT

 

 

The Avoyelles Parish School Board recognizes the driver of a school bus to be in authority with regard to pupil behavior in or about the vehicle which he/she operates.  School Board regulations regarding proper conduct on school buses as outlined in the Avoyelles Parish Student Handbook and Guide, shall be provided in writing to students and parents/legal guardians at the start of school each year.  The driver shall report disorderly or unmanageable pupil conduct to the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled. Such conduct by a pupil shall be good cause for the principal to suspend the privilege of riding any school bus; however, drivers may not administer disciplinary action and shall continue, except in extreme emergencies, to transport a pupil until disciplinary action is administered by the school.  It shall be the responsibility of the parents of pupils, in such cases, to provide transportation to and from school during the period of bus suspension.

 

A pupil who causes damage to a school bus shall be subject to suspension from school and shall not be readmitted until acceptable provisions for restitution have been made for such damage or until readmittance is directed by the Superintendent.

 

PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING BUS CONDUCT

 

  1. All schools shall be provided with the School Bus Behavior Report Form, which shall be completed on any occasion when a pupil's conduct on a bus is unsatisfactory.
     

  2. One copy of the School Bus Behavior Report Form shall be signed by the parent and returned to the school principal.  In all such cases a pupil shall be permitted to continue to ride the bus until transportation privileges have been denied by action taken by the appropriate school administrator.
     

  3. In cases of severe misconduct, the principal or designee may temporarily suspend the pupil's bus privilege until appropriate disciplinary action is taken.  The pupil's parents should be immediately notified of the temporary suspension. Students riding a bus may be suspended from the bus and/or school depending on the seriousness of the offense.  The home base principal issues suspensions.
     

  4. Immediately after taking disciplinary action, the principal, or designee, shall sign and shall indicate the disciplinary action taken on the School Bus Behavior Report Form.  Copies of the report shall be distributed to the pupil's file; to the parent; and to the driver.  A copy of the report may also be sent to the Superintendent or designee.
     

  5. In the event of an appeal of the principal's decision by parents, a hearing may be scheduled by the Superintendent or designee.

 

GENERAL RULES FOR STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL BUSES

 

  1. Students shall enter and leave the bus at designated school loading stations and at highway bus stops, on time, in an orderly fashion, and in accordance with instructions.
     

  2. Students shall remain quiet enough not to distract bus driver.
     

  3. Students shall remain seated while the bus is in motion.
     

  4. Students shall cross roads in accordance with instructions and pertinent statutory provisions.
     

  5. Students shall neither purposely nor carelessly destroy property.
     

  6. Students shall not extend arms or other parts of body out through windows.
     

  7. Students shall not throw objects about in the bus nor out through windows.
     

  8. Students shall not eat or drink beverages on the bus.

 

 

Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง17:81, 17:223, 17:416, 17:416.1

 

Avoyelles Parish School Board