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Students riding school buses are subject to the school rules and regulations.  These rules and regulations are in effect from the time that the student departs for school and returns home from school. Proper conduct is an important factor for the safety of all children riding buses.  The school bus driver shall be responsible for discipline on the bus, just as the teacher in the classroom.  Upon the recommendation of the bus driver, school authorities may deny the privilege of riding on the school bus to any student who refuses to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner on the bus.  A notification to parents in the form of a school bus discipline report should be followed for any misbehavior that distracts the driver.  Driving a school bus is a serious profession, and we are concerned for the safety of everyone.

Before the Bus Arrives
  • Leave home on time each day.
  • Walk facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.
  • Arrive at the pick-up spot five minutes before the arrival of the bus. If you are not there, buses are not required to wait.
  • Wait off the roadway, not in the street.
  • Stay off of peoples' lawns and private property.
Boarding the Bus
  • Wait for the bus to come to a full stop.
  • Be polite and take your turn getting on the bus.
  • Use the handrail and move to your seat quickly.
Riding the Bus
  • Sit in the seat compartment facing forward
  • Do not allow feet & arms to extend into aisle
  • No eating/drinking on the bus
  • No loud talk on the bus
  • No nuisance items; including, radios, CD players, IPODs, games, etc.
  • Telephone/texting on the bus is forbidden
Leaving the Bus
  • Do not leave your seat until the bus comes to a full stop.
  • Take your turn; don't crowd in front of others.
  • Use handrails.
  • Watch your step.
  • Look both ways and check for turning cars before you cross the street
Walk immediately to your home from the bus stop.  Do not go to your mailbox, loiter at the bus stop or visit with friends and neighbors.

In Case of An Emergency and When the Driver Leaves the Bus
  • Stay seated.
  • Do not touch emergency equipment.
  • Depend on the driver's training to take care of the situation.
  • A responsible older student will be acquainted with emergency procedures and may assist the driver.

EMERGENCY SITUATIONS

Jennings County School Corporation has nearly 5000 students traveling daily to and from nine school buildings. In addition to daily transportation, students often travel to extra-curricular activities during the school day, evenings, and weekends. In the event of an accident involving students, Jennings County Schools follows these procedures:
  1. Parents of injured students are contacted by the principal or designee.
  2. Parents of all students are contacted once accurate information can be relayed
  3. The radio station is not contacted in order to keep the situation manageable      unless it is determined that it is in the students' best interest to contact the media.
  4. Medical personnel always check each student at the scene when applicable, but we also transport any student to the hospital who feel they are injured, regardless of their medical evaluation.
  5. All decisions are made in the interest of student safety and well-being. Please remember that many of our buses transport over sixty students at one time. The medical evaluation, parent contact, and transportation of injured students does take time to complete. Please be assured that our school personnel understand the feelings that the news of a bus accident generates. We strive to treat all children like we would want our children treated in an emergency situation.

Conduct on the Bus


 BUS CONDUCT DISCIPLINE PROCEDURE

Riding Jennings County Schools’ buses is a privilege. All students deserve a safe, undisrupted ride to and from school. It is the function of the driver to make certain that the bus is safe for all students and it is the function of the individual school administrators to support the drivers when they have problems with student behavior on the bus. The following guidelines are for students of Jennings County Schools that ride buses to and from school. These guidelines are meant to provide a general outline for drivers and administrators to follow when disciplining students. Drivers and administrators are not bound by these guidelines and need not follow them in every case. All disciplinary problems will not fall under these categories and drivers and administrators must frequently use their own judgment when resolving these situations. Likewise, though the guidelines are listed in order, this does not mean that this order must be strictly adhered to.
  1. Always follow the directions of the driver. Ignoring their directives is insubordination.
  2. Walk to the assigned seat and remain there.  Absolutely no standing, moving around, or changing seats while the bus is in motion.
  3. Do not talk to the driver unless it is an emergency.  (Drivers need to keep their minds on driving and their eyes on the road.)
  4. Talk quietly so that the driver can hear traffic sounds.
  5. Keep arms, feet, school books, backpacks, and other items out of the aisles at all times.
  6. Do not open or close the windows without permission from the driver.
  7. Keep hands and head inside the bus.  Do not stick anything out of the windows.
  8. Loud talk, profane language, or yelling is not permitted.
  9. Illegal substances including tobacco products of any kind are prohibited at the bus stop and on the school bus.
  10. Do not deface or litter the bus.
  11. Do not tamper with any safety device or any other equipment.
  12. The possession of knives or any weapon-like objects on the bus is forbidden.
  13. Do not bring items such as video games, tapes, CD players, skateboards, bats, balls or other nuisance items on the bus.
  14. Do not tamper with any safety device or any other equipment.
  15. Check with the driver prior to bringing large items on the bus such as science projects or large band instruments.
  16. The use of cell phones or similar devices are prohibited on the bus.
NOTE: Violation of the above rules and regulations may result in suspension or removal of transportation privileges by the principal.

Under certain circumstances due to the severity of an infraction, steps may be skipped to address the seriousness of the incident. In addition, any school rule which is violated while riding the bus may also carry additional consequences such as detention, after school detention, corporal punishment out of school suspension, and/or expulsion for school as well as the loss of riding priveleges.

Minor Offenses:


These would include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Gum chewing, candy, pop, or food on the bus.
  • Littering on or off the bus.
  • Feet, arms, books, etc. in the aisle.
  • Name calling.
  • Talking loud or yelling on the bus.
  • Yelling out of the window.
  • Opening windows without permission.
  • Switching seats without permission.
  • Rude or discourteous behavior toward other students.
  • Arriving late to the bus stop repeatedly.
  • Any school rules considered to be a minor offense.

Procedures:

Depending on the infraction, any of the following could be employed:
  • Verbal warning by driver.
  • Driver contact of parent.
  • Disciplinary report resulting in bus probation.
  • Disciplinary report resulting in a bus suspension 1-3 days.
  • Disciplinary report resulting in a bus suspension 3-5 days.
  • Disciplinary report resulting in a bus suspension 5-10 days and a recommendation for bus expulsion for the remainder of the semester or school year.

Severe Offenses:

These would include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. Fighting.
  2. Profanity.
  3. Drugs, alcohol, tobacco-possession, sale, use, being under the influence of, transportation, or distribution.  This includes prescription and non-prescription medication that is represented to be another substance or which is in the possession of a student without the school's knowledge or permission. Possessing, using, dispensing, or transmitting any mood altering or mind altering substance which is represented to be or look like or act in the same or similar fashion to any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, stimulant, depressant, or intoxicant of any kind.  This would include “herbal” substances as well as any synthetically designed chemicals that would in any way mimic any illegal controlled substance or other substance that would lead to an “altered state”. This would include but not be limited to “White Lightning”, “K-2”, or “Salvia”.  This would also include substances sold that are represented to be any of these items which may in fact be innocuous or inert.
  4. Weapons of any kind (guns, knives, razors, razor blades, box cutters, etc.) or any item which may be used as a weapon or is used as a weapon or weapon-like object.
  5. Insubordination-refusing to follow the directions of the driver; arguing or talking back to the driver when given directions.
  6. Vandalism- causing damage to the bus inside or outside or the property of others at the bus stop or on the bus.
  7. Any safety violation.
  8. Throwing objects on the bus, out of the bus windows, or at the bus stop.
  9. Rude, discourteous, harassing, intimidating, disruptive, or threatening behavior.
  10. Any school rule considered to be a serious offense.

Procedures:


Depending on the infraction, any of the following could be employed:
  • Disciplinary report resulting in a 1-3 day bus suspension from all JCS buses.
  • Disciplinary report resulting in a 3-5 day bus suspension from all JCS buses.
  • Disciplinary report resulting in a 5-10 day bus suspension from all buses.

Repeated offenses or serious offenses may result in the loss of all bus riding privileges for the remainder of the semester or the school year at the direction of the principal or other administrator.

ALL BUS SUSPENSIONS REQUIRE NOTIFICATION BY AN ADMINISTRATOR.

SEVERE CLAUSE:

A STUDENT MAY BE SUSPENDED ON ANY BUS CONDUCT VIOLATION IF THE BEHAVIOR IS CONSIDERED SEVERE AND/OR THREATENING. ANY STEP MAY BE SKIPPED FOR A SEVERE INCIDENT.  Interference with the safe, normal operation of the bus will not be tolerated. 
 
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