School Bus Rules & Discipline

  • School Bus Rules & Behavior

    The school bus ride is an extension of the school day. Students must behave appropriately as passengers on the school bus. Riding the school bus is a privilege, not a right, and proper behavior will guarantee the continuation of this privilege. Misbehavior, on the other hand, may result in suspension of bus privileges. Students are expected to follow these rules:

    • Observe the same conduct as in the classroom.
    • The bus driver has the authority to assign seats.
    • Keep the bus clean.
    • Cooperate with the bus driver.
    • Face front at all times.
    • Treat others the way you want to be treated.

    Activity and behavior that is not allowed on the bus:

    • Smoking, including e-cigarettes
    • Bullying
    • Fighting or name calling
    • Eating
    • Using profanity or being disrespectful
    • Standing while the bus is in motion
    • Horse playing or moving seats
    • Picture or video taking
    • Throwing objects/paper

    Disciplinary Procedures

    Any action that affects the safe operation of the vehicle or endangers others will be dealt with immediately, according to the provisions of the Code of Conduct.

    What Items Are Allowed/Not Allowed on the Bus

    The Board of Education, in coordination with the New York State Department of Transportation Regulations, Section 721.22, will limit the carrying of items on school buses to those that can be carried in the hands or on the lap of the student, or secured under the seats so as not to interfere with the safety or comfort of passengers. Acceptable items include books, small backpacks, small book bags, and lunch boxes. Not allowed on the school bus: Pets, glass containers, large projects, large boxes, skateboards, suitcases, umbrellas with sharp points, golf clubs, lacrosse sticks, hockey equipment, and baseball bats.

    The following musical instruments may not be transported:

    • Baritone Sax
    • String Base
    • Cello
    • French Horn
    • Guitar, Drums
    • Tenor Sax
    • Tuba
    • Keyboards

    Instrument cases of questionable size for a student to hold on their lap are:

    • Bassoons
    • Trombones
    • Baritone Horns
    • Bass Clarinets