Student Rights and Responsibilities
Students who ride school buses are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a way that does not endanger themselves or others. Students are expected to obey all Bus Safety Rules. Improper behavior will result in temporary or even permanent denial of school bus privileges or other discipline.
Meeting the Bus
1. Parents or other responsible persons should accompany young students to and from the bus stop.
2. Students should be at their bus stop five minutes before the scheduled time for the bus to arrive. Drivers are not permitted to wait for late students.
3. While walking to a bus stop, students should walk on sidewalks, if available. If it is necessary to walk in a street or road, students should walk on the left side facing traffic coming toward them and move away from the street or
road when traffic approaches. Parents should help young children cross any street or road and teach them to walk on the left side.
4. Where there is a sidewalk at the bus stop, students should wait on the sidewalk until the bus comes to a complete stop. Where there is no sidewalk, students should stand far from the edge of the road and remain there until the bus comes to a complete stop.
5. If the bus stops on the opposite side of the street or road from where students are waiting, the students must wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the driver directs the students to cross. The students should always walk, never run, in front of the bus to cross the street or road, and they should be sure that the driver can see them at all times.
6. Pushing, shoving, or other horseplay is prohibited while walking to or waiting at a bus stop or while getting on the bus.
Conduct on the Bus
1. While on the school bus, students are expected to cooperate with the driver and obey promptly all directions and orders given by the driver. Drivers will report students who disobey them or violate rules for conduct on buses to the principal of the school. School buses are equipped with video and audio equipment to record student activity. The principal will take necessary disciplinary action which may include suspension from school for serious or continued misconduct.
2. Students should get on a school bus in an orderly manner, without crowding or pushing, and go directly to a seat and sit down. Students are encouraged to use the passenger restraint system when available. They should remain seated at all times until they are ready to get off the bus.
3. Students may not bring pets or other animals, glass containers, water pistols, radios, balloons, or weapons of any kind on school buses.
4. Books, band instruments, or other objects must never be placed in the aisle or the front
of the bus. Items that cannot be held by the student during transportation are prohibited.
5. Unnecessarily loud talking or laughter should be avoided. Profane or indecent language is
prohibited at all times.
6. Except in an emergency, students should not talk to the driver while the bus is in motion.
7. Students may not open windows without permission of the driver. Shouting at pedestrians and throwing objects out open windows are prohibited.
8. Students must not put their arms, legs, or heads out open windows.
9. Fighting, horseplay, and throwing objects within the bus are prohibited.
10. Tampering with doors or other bus equipment or defacing seats or other parts of the bus is prohibited. Students must pay for willful or careless damage to the bus.
11. Smoking or using any form of tobacco on the bus is prohibited.
12. Littering of any kind is not permitted.
Leaving the Bus
1. Students should remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
2. Students should get off the bus in an orderly manner, allowing students in front seats to get off first. Crowding and pushing should be avoided.
3. In no case shall a kindergarten student be left unescorted at a bus stop alone after school.
4. Once off the bus, students should promptly move to a safe place away from the bus.
5. Students who have to cross a street or road should do so only in front of the bus and only after the driver has signaled that it is safe to cross.
6. Students should never attempt to retrieve an object dropped in front of or under a bus.
General Bus Information
Students are expected to use the same bus to and from school each day. Riding a different bus is prohibited unless a parent/guardian sends a written request and this request is approved by the school principal. Similarly, students must get off the bus on their way home at their regular bus stop unless a parent/guardian has requested in writing that a student get off at a different bus stop and the principal has approved the request.
LCPS Student Rights & Responsibilities