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School Bus Safety

Student & Parents Responsibilities

Safety for all our students on our buses is our primary concern. Therefore, we must enforce the following state laws developed by the Ohio Department of Education and adopted as policy by the Indian Hill Board of Education.

While riding the school bus students must:
  • Be at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus is due to arrive.
  • Be orderly at the bus stop, not bother others and stay clear of all traffic.
  • Wait for the bus driver’s signal and cross 10 feet in front of the bus when crossing the street.
  • Listen to and follow all directions of the bus driver.
  • Get on the bus immediately, quietly without bothering others and go directly to assigned seat.
  • Remain properly seated with feet on the floor, keeping aisles and exits clear while the bus is in motion.
  • Talk quietly to friends. Loud talk or boisterous conduct are not permitted.
  • Remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
  • Maintain silence at railroad crossings and other places specified by the driver.

Students must never:

  • Abuse others or the life or property of any individual while at a bus stop or while on the bus.
  • Approach the bus until it has reached a complete stop.
  • Fight, shove, or have unnecessary body contact with other students.
  • Use profane language
  • Put head, arms or legs out of the windows.
  • Throw or pass objects on, from or into the bus.
  • Yell, scream, or cause any sudden noises that could distract the driver.
  • Eat. drink or chew gum on the bus.
  • Possess or use alcohol, drugs or any type of tobacco.
  • Bring unnecessary, unsafe or forbidden cargo on the bus, such as dangerous weapons or objects, and animals.

Student Behavior Policy & Consequences
One of the primary obligations of your school bus driver is to maintain order. A disorderly bus is an unsafe bus. The driver is responsible for reporting misconduct to the Transportation Supervisor. The Transportation Supervisor will notify parents and the appropriate school administrator of the action being taken. If a child is denied transportation privileges, it is the parent’s responsibility to arrange for their transportation to and from school.

Consequence for first offense:

  • Letter to Parent
  • Notice to School Principal

Consequence for second offense:

  • Letter to Parent
  • Notice to School Principal

Consequence for third offense:

  • Letter to parent advising of a
  • One day suspension
  • Notice to School Principal

Consequence for fourth offense:

  • Letter to parent advising of a
  • Three day suspension
  • Notice to School Principal

Consequence for fifth offense:

  • Letter to parent advising of a
  • Five day suspension
  • Notice to School Principal

Consequence for sixth offense:

  • Letter to parent advising of a
  • Ten day suspension
  • Notice to School Principal

In instances of severe behavior a determination by the Transportation Supervisor may be made to use an automatic suspension, bypassing the progressive discipline policy.

Parent Responsibilities
Have your child ready 5 minutes before the bus is due to arrive and at the designated bus stop. We recommend parent supervision at the bus stop especially for younger children. Be sure that your child is ready to board the bus and prepared for the school day:

  • with proper clothing for weather conditions and school dress code.
  • with materials and supplies to be carried in a backpack.

Parents can help us protect their child by:

  • removing drawstrings from clothing items.
  • cutting off extra length on backpack straps and refrain from attaching items such as key chains to the backpack.
  • avoiding the use of long scarves or other loose clothing.
  • Such clothing can be caught in the bus handrail, door, or other equipment as the student gets off the bus.
  • Drivers are unable to wait at any residence and are prohibited from leaving the bus.
  • Once a student boards the bus, he or she will not be permitted to disembark unless a parent or school official asks for his or her release. A parent may be required to show identification and sign a release form.
  • Students are permitted to carry on board all safe lap materials as required for their academic studies. Other parcels must be approved by the Transportation Supervisor. Please remember that we transport students, not cargo. Unnecessary or unsafe cargo can be a safety hazard to your child and others.

Tips for Motorists

  • Slow down
  • Be especially careful when driving on and around school zones
  • Be on the watch for young children walking to and from school when you are backing out of your driveway
  • Always expect the unexpected Stop your vehicle when you see lights flashing on a school bus.
  • Red flashing lights indicate that a bus is stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading children.
  • Don’t start driving until the lights have gone off and the bus is moving.
  • Be aware that a child is still in the area on a drop off and may dart into the road or check mail.
  • Children are outside the school during the day too.
  • Pay attention when in school zones when the children are at recess.
  • Be aware that children may be on bicycles, especially at intersections and driveways.

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