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DISD TRANSPORTATION - BUS RULES & POLICIES

Student Management and Discipline Procedures

As part of our aim to provide ample opportunity for an education, the Texas State Board of Education and the district fund transportation for all students who live two miles or more from the school that they are assigned to attend. To accomplish this, we require the cooperation of all students and parents.

 

REGISTRATION FOR TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

All Denton ISD students must register for transportation services prior to riding the bus. This registration process will allow the District to verify each student’s address and eligibility. Eligibility will be determined at the time of registration. You may obtain an Application for Bus Transportation Services by any of the following:

  • Pick one up at Transportation. 5093 E. McKinney Street, Denton, Texas.
  • Obtain a copy on our website. Dentonisd.org
  • Call and receive one by mail or fax. Phone: (940) 369-0300.

Please notify the following should you have a change of address or phone number during the school year:

1. Your Student’s Campus 2. Denton ISD Transportation @ 940 369-0300


STUDENT MANAGEMENT AND DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

Bus Safety Rules - Rules defining student conduct are designed to protect the passengers and shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • The bus driver is in charge of students on the bus. Students shall follow the driver’s directions in regards to bus safety rules and bus operations at all times.
  • Only authorized personnel and eligible bus students assigned to a specific bus are permitted to ride that bus. Students WILL NOT be allowed to ride any bus other than assigned bus. Students will be transported to/from designated stop and to/from designated school only. Designated stops are assigned by the Transportation Department based on the student’s recorded home address. Emergency transportation may be granted on a temporary basis in some cases. A supervisor at the Transportation Department must approve emergency transportation for students riding other buses. Notes from parents/guardian will not be accepted as authorization to ride a bus.
  • Buses will stop at designated stops only. Students are to arrive at their bus stop (5) five minutes before their pick up time. Students will wait next to (but not in) the street, driveway or parking lot. Students must wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching to board or standing to leave the bus.
  • Stay in your seat and face the front: Students will remain properly seated at all times and not block the center aisle (facing forward keeping feet on the floor in front of them). All students will remain inside their seat compartment at all times. Any or all students may be assigned a seat.
  • Students must keep their hands, head, feet and personal objects inside the bus at all times. No yelling or communicating out of an open window.
  • Scuffling, shoving, hitting, or fighting is prohibited on the bus and at designated bus stops. Zero tolerance will be applied. Students must keep all body parts and personal objects from contacting another student.
  • No spitting. No student shall cause their body fluids to make contact with other persons and/or common objects on the bus.
  • Littering or throwing items inside or from the bus is prohibited.
  • Students are not allowed to consume food or drink or tobacco products on the bus. (Exception: During extreme heat, drivers may allow students to consume water only.)
  • Students shall not deface or vandalize the bus or related equipment. Students who violate this rule will be required to pay for damages.
  • Students are not to engage in loud talking, yelling, using profanity, abusive or inappropriate language, displaying obscene gestures or gang signs. The bus driver may require any or all students to be silent on the bus.
  • Students are not to engage in verbal or physical behavior that constitutes Sexual Harassment of another person.
  • Students shall comply with the Denton ISD dress code on all buses.
  • Students shall refrain from cell phone use or paging devices on bus (unless authorized by driver for emergency purposes).
  • Students are not allowed to bring animals or harmful objects on the bus (i.e., weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, fireworks, laser lights, etc.).
  • Band instruments or class projects are allowed on Denton ISD buses provided they can be held by the student (not taller than shoulder or seat high), fit in the seat with the student, do not interfere with the availability of seating for other students, and do not interfere with the safety of students or bus operation. In the event that any of these conditions exist, parents will be notified by Transportation that they must provide an alternate means of transporting their child’s instrument and/or project to and from school.
  • Students are not to engage in any other conduct that disrupts the safe operation of the bus.
  • All Denton ISD Campus and Transportation policies and rules are enforceable within 300 feet of any DISD bus stop or campus.

LOADING/UNLOADING THE BUS

A. PROCEDURES FOR WAITING FOR THE BUS

1. Be at your bus stop five minutes before the scheduled pick-up time.

2. Students will wait next to (but not in) the street, driveway or parking lot.

3. When the bus approaches, form a line and be prepared to load immediately.

4. Stand clear of the bus until it comes to a complete stop.

5. If you miss the bus, go home immediately.

6. Parents/guardians should instruct their children on what procedures to follow if the bus is missed.

B. LOADING THE BUS

1. Scuffling, shoving, hitting or fighting is prohibited on the bus and at designated bus stops. Zero tolerance will be applied. Student must keep all body parts and personal objects from contacting another student.

2. Use the handrail and steps.

3. Go directly to your seat and sit down. The bus will not move until all students are properly seated.

4. Any or all students may be assigned a seat.

C. GETTING OFF THE BUS

1. Stay seated until the bus is completely stopped.

2. Use the handrail and take one step at a time when leaving the bus.

3. Wait for your turn to leave the bus. Pushing and crowding will only slow exiting and may cause an accident.

4. Stay clear of the bus when the engine is running. Do not chase or hang on to the bus at any time.

5. If any article drops or rolls near or under the bus, do not go after it. Go to the door of the bus and ask the driver for help.

6. All students should exit the bus and immediately take several steps away from the bus.

  • It is the parents’ responsibility to insure younger student are not left unattended at bus stops.

D. CROSSING THE STREET OR HIGHWAY

1. All students living on the left side of the roadway shall exit the bus and move to a point 10 to 12 feet in front of the right corner of the bus and wait for the driver to signal you that it is safe to cross.

2. Check in both directions and walk directly across the road.

3. Never cross the road behind the bus.

4. CAUTION! Be alert for vehicles that do not stop when the bus is loading or unloading students.

5. Cross all streets at intersections. Obey all traffic signals and signs on your way home.

ACCIDENTS OR EMERGENCIES

1. Follow the driver's directions.

2. If you must leave the bus, stay in a group.

3. The following procedures will be used in an emergency situation.

A. The student nearest the door will open the door and assist everyone in exiting.

B. Leave the bus in a single file as quickly and quietly as possible.

C. Evacuation will start with the seat closest to the door.

D. Once outside the bus, follow the driver's directions completely.

EXTRACURRICULAR TRIPS

1. Bus rider rules apply to all school sponsored events.

2. Discipline will be the responsibility of the building principal and the trip sponsor.

3. The bus must return clean when returning from the trip.

BUS DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

Bus Discipline ProceduresRiding a school bus that serves this district is a privilege. The driver is recognized as the authority on the bus and has control over daily operations. The following procedures shall be followed when inappropriate behavior occurs on a bus serving a regular route or an extracurricular activity: PLEASE NOTE: THE SCHOOL BUS IS AN EXTENSION OF THE SCHOOL DAY. ALL RULES AND GUIDELINES IN THE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT APPLY ON THE SCHOOL BUS.

  • The Assistant Director of Transportation shall be responsible for enforcing discipline on all buses. All transportation personnel are authorized to ensure the department and district discipline management guidelines are followed.
  • The Assistant Director of Transportation or designee will investigate a student and contact parents by phone or mail if their child is involved in inappropriate behavior. If the consequences dictate a suspension, the parents will be notified by phone or home delivery of the suspension dates. Parents of suspended bus riders are responsible for their transportation to and from school.
  • The bus driver will report misconduct to the Assistant Director of Transportation or designee using a Driver Safety Notice or Bus Safety Report. Copies of the Bus Safety Reports will be sent to the parent, building principal, and placed on file in the Transportation Department office.
  • Students who violate bus safety rules will receive the following consequences:

First Violation – Warning—A Bus Safety Report is issued.

Second Violation – Three day Suspension—A Bus Safety Report is issued.

Third Violation - Five day Suspension—A Bus Safety Report is issued.

Fourth Violation - Ten day Suspension—A Bus Safety Report is issued.

Fifth Violation – Thirty day Suspension—A Bus Safety Report is issued.

Sixth Violation – Indefinite--Student will be suspended from the bus for the remainder of the school year.

Severe Clause- If a student’s conduct seriously jeopardizes the safety of the other students and/or the driver or engages in any illegal activity, a suspension will be immediately placed into effect.

  • Students who violate the Student Code of Conduct while under the jurisdiction of the Transportation Department will be referred to the appropriate campus administrator for additional assessment of discipline consequences.

Video and audio surveillance may be in operation on your child’s bus to help in maintaining a safe and orderly bus. Federal law prohibits the school district from releasing the video to any member of the public except to law enforcement officials (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act).

DISRUPTION OF TRANSPORTATION

Any student who disrupts the continuation of a bus route and forces the driver to stop the bus due to unsafe or illegal behavior may be guilty of disruption of public transportation. Suspension from the bus and/or fines may result.

Education Code 37.126. Disruption of Transportation

  • Except as provided by Section 37.125, a person commits an offense if the person intentionally disrupts, prevents, or interferes with the lawful transportation of children to or from school or an activity sponsored by a school on a vehicle owned or operated by a county or independent school district.
  • An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

PARENTS BOARDING OR STOPPING BUSES

To insure the safety and security of all students on Denton ISD buses, parents may not board the bus at any time. Should you need to discuss an issue with the bus driver, please contact our office at (940) 369-0300. The driver has been instructed not to engage in discussions with parents on route to avoid route delays.

 

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