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School Bus Safety

Student & Parent Responsibilities
Safety for all our students on our buses is our primary concern. Therefore, we must enforce bus rules written and developed by the Ohio Department of Education and adopted as policy by the Indian Hill Board of Education. Student cooperation is vital to help us achieve our goal of providing safe transportation. Instance of unacceptable behavior and their consequence follow:


While riding the school bus students must:

  • Be at the bus stop and at the assigned "Place of Safety" before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • Be orderly at the bus stop, not bothering others and stay clear of all traffic.
  • All students should wait for the bus driver’s signal. Crossers should be at least 10 feet in front of the bus when crossing the street.
  • Listen to and follow all directions of the bus driver promptly and respectfully. 
  • Get on the bus immediately, quietly, without bothering others, and go directly to your assigned seat.
  • Remain properly seated with feet on the floor, keeping aisles and exits clear.
  • Talk quietly to friends. Loud talk or boisterous conduct are not permitted.
  • Remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop and the driver sets the brake.
  • 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 the driver has dropped their hand.
  • 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. or drink on the bus except as required for medical reasons. 
  • Possess or use alcohol, drugs or any type of tobacco. Except for prescription medication required for a student. 
  • Bring unnecessary, unsafe or forbidden cargo on the bus, such as dangerous weapons or objects, and animals.


Parent Responsibilities
Have your child ready 5 minutes before the bus is due to arrive and at the students designated place of safety. 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 or shortening 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.
  • If your student misses the bus do not try to catch up to it. The proper procedure is to contact the transportation dept. and we will radio the driver and will work out a plan with you for getting your student.

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.

Pupils must leave or board the bus at locations to which they have been assigned unless they have parental and administrative authorization to do otherwise. 

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.

 
 
 
PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE PLAN FOR STUDENTS     PDF
Safety for all our students on our buses is our primary concern. Therefore, we must enforce bus rules written and developed by the Ohio Department of Education and adopted as policy by the Indian Hill Board of Education. Student cooperation is vital to help us achieve our goal of providing safe transportation. Instance of unacceptable behavior and their consequence follow:
 
UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR
1. Failure to follow directions or disrespectful to driver
2. Out of seat
3. Eating/drinking/chewing gum
4. Throwing objects on, from, or into the bus
5. Tripping, shoving, or unnecessary body contact
6. Hitting, striking (horseplay)
7. Arm, hand, head out of window
8. Loud talk, boisterous conduct
9. Profane, inappropriate language
10. Improper crossing 
 
      Consequences:
           
      1st  offense:      call to parent - school principal notified
      2nd offense:      discipline report - letter to parents - school principal notified
      3rd offense:      1 day suspension or Saturday study for (MS/HS only) - letter to parents - school principal notified
      4th offense:      3 day suspension - letter to parents - school principal notified 
      5th offense:      5 day suspension - letter to parents - school principal notified
      6th offense:      10 day suspension - letter to parents - school principal notified 
 
UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR - AUTOMATIC SUSPENSION
1. Drugs, alcohol, tobacco - possession and/or use of
2. Ignitable material - possession and/or use of
3. Weapons - possession and/or use of
4. Fighting, Striking - (delivering a blow causing pain/discomfort to another or delivered with anger)
5. Destruction of school property 
 
      Consequences:
 
      Automatic suspension - discipline report - contact building principal as needed to concur on intended disciplinary action - letter to parents advising suspension.
 
 
This list is not all-inclusive - instance of unacceptable discipline will be dealt with on an individual basis. Suspension will be based on severity of unacceptable behavior and current discipline record of student. 
 
 

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.
  • Keep a distance of at least 10' from the bus whether you are behind the bus or approaching the bus. 

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