Bus Rider Rules

  • Cooperation in informing students of the importance of obeying school bus rules and regulations is appreciated. All students and parents of students in Harrison School District should be aware of these rules and regulations. While at bus stops or on school buses all students are expected to behave in the same manner as they would in the classroom and all school rules and regulations regarding student behavior will apply.

    Conduct at Bus Stops

    1. Only students who are assigned to a bus may ride that bus.
    2. Be 5 minutes early at the designated school bus stop to help keep the bus on schedule. 
    3. Only use designated bus stop locations and do not change from one bus stop location to another.
    4. For your safety, stay off the road at all times while waiting for the bus. Bus riders should conduct themselves in a safe manner while waiting. Students will be respectful of private property while waiting for the bus.
    5. Students must wait until the bus has stopped before approaching to load the bus. A safe distance would be to wait approximately 10 feet away from the side of the bus or on the curb
    6. Be careful when moving toward the bus. Do not push or shove as it may lead to a serious accident.
    7. Do not bring pets or large objects on the bus. Please make other arrangements for transporting pets or large objects to school.

    Conduct on the Bus

    1. For your safety, please keep hands and head inside the bus at all times after entering and until leaving the bus. Ask the driver permission when wanting to open windows or doors. 
    2. Bus drivers work hard at keeping the bus clean. Do not eat or drink on the bus.
    3. Smoking is not allowed on the bus.
    4. Assist the driver with keeping the bus safe and sanitary.
    5. Remember that loud talking, laughing, or screaming causes confusion diverts the driver’s attention, and could result in a serious accident.
    6. Treat the bus and bus equipment as you would valuable furniture in your own home. Damage to seats, windows, etc. must be paid for by the offender.
    7. Bus riders should never tamper with the bus or any of its equipment.
    8. Keep the bus aisle clear at all times. Everything brought on the bus should be kept on laps or under the seat.
    9. For safety reasons, no animals, matches, weapons, tools, controlled substances, or hazardous materials can be allowed on the bus. The driver shall make reasonable and prudent determination that all carry-on items are properly handled in order to minimize the danger to all others.
    10. Do not throw anything out of the bus window.
    11. Help look after the safety and comfort of fellow passengers, especially smaller children.
    12. Wastebaskets are provided on each bus. Do not throw anything inside the bus, on the bus floor, or out of the window.
    13. For safety reasons, stay seated with backs against the seat. Standing is permitted only when loading or unloading at the students’ designated bus stop. 
    14. Bus drivers assign seats and prepare seating charts used during emergencies. Do not change or move from your assigned seat without the bus driver’s permission.
    15. Bus riders should be courteous to the bus driver, bus assistant, and each other. Verbal or physical abuse and bullying will not be tolerated.
    16. For safety reasons, horseplay is not permitted around or on the bus.
    17. Riders are expected to be courteous to people outside the bus. Obscene or antagonistic gesturing will not be tolerated.
    18. Students must be quiet when approaching a railroad crossing stop.
    19. In case of an emergency, students are to remain in the bus unless directed by the bus driver to evacuate.

    Conduct After Leaving the Bus

    1. If you need to cross the road, do so at least 10 feet in front of the bus after looking in both directions.
    2. Be alert for any danger signals from the driver.
    3. The driver will not discharge riders at any places other than designated bus stops or at the school.

    Conduct on Extracurricular Trips

    1. Rules and regulations stated above will apply to any trip under school sponsorship.
    2. Students will follow the directions of the driver, adult supervisor, or chaperone at all times.