The following passage is excerpted from the district's Transportation Policy:
Good pupil conduct contributes to safety and helps prevent accidents which may result from the distraction of the driver. It should also reduce the number of accidents in which pupils injure themselves or each other.
It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to provide transportation during any period of bus suspension. Failure to provide transportation will be considered grounds for referral to family court pursuant to Education Law.
AT THE BUS STOP, STUDENTS SHOULD:
Remain on the side of the road and be mindful of approaching traffic; refrain from pushing or shoving; stay off private property.
UPON ENTERING THE BUS, STUDENTS SHOULD:
Take their seats promptly and remain seated until the bus arrives at its destination;
Keep their feet on the floor;
Keep their hands off other students and the property of others;
Keep their books, lunch boxes, etc., out of the aisle;
Avoid loud, boisterous talk and other noises which might distract the driver;
Refrain from tampering with the emergency door;
Observe all rules conscientiously and respond promptly to the driver's instructions.
STUDENT MISBEHAVIOR RULES
The following acts of misconduct will result in a bus conduct referral:
Opening emergency windows and doors;
Damaging or defacing the bus;
Smoking on the bus;
Putting arms or head out of the bus window;
Fighting or wrestling on the bus;
Throwing objects on, at, or from the bus;
Drug and/or alcohol possession or use;
Use of profanity, profane gestures or offensive language;
Possession of any object on a school bus or school property that is not a part of the normal school necessities, such as a knife, gun, sword, skateboard etc., without permission from the principal;
Conduct or action determined to be irresponsible that could jeopardize the safety and well-being of others.
THE FOLLOWING MINIMUM PENALTIES ARE PRESCRIBED BY DISTRICT POLICY
1st OFFENSE: A minimum of three days removal from the afternoon bus and a concurrent detention. Students will be permitted to ride the late bus home.
2nd OFFENSE: 3-day suspension from the privilege of riding the school bus.
3rd OFFENSE: 5-day suspension from the privilege of riding the school bus with reinstatement after a parent conference.
4th OFFENSE: A superintendent's hearing with possible indefinite suspension from the bus, or other action at the discretion of the superintendent.