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Bus Conduct Rules and Regulations

Bus Conduct Rules
And Regulations for Passengers 

In order to protect all students riding Delaware City School buses, safety precautions are a must! Safety is everyone’s responsibility.

All students are to understand that the bus driver is in charge of the bus and the safe operation of the bus. Any student who repeatedly violates the safety precautions and/or conduct rules may be denied the privilege of riding the bus and is subject to other disciplinary action to be determined by the principal.
 
The rules listed below are taken from the Ohio Administrative Code of Pupil Transportation Management Policies, rules 3301-83-08 (C) and 3301-83-20, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Delaware City School District Board policy. These policies have been designed to ensure the safety and welfare of all school bus passengers.
  1. Students should arrive at the bus stop five (5) minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. The bus may not wait beyond the assigned bus stop time. (OAC 3301.83.08)
  2. Students must wait quietly in a location clear of traffic and away from the bus stop. (OAC 3301.83.08)
  3. Student behavior at bus stops must not threaten life, limb or property of any individual. (OAC 3301.83.08)
  4. Students must go directly to their assigned seat.  If none is assigned then to an available open seat. (OAC 3301.83.08)
  5. Students must remain seated, keeping aisles and exits clear. (OAC 3301.83.08)
  6. Students while on the bus are to observe classroom code of conduct, all school rules and obey the bus driver promptly and respectfully. (OAC 3301.83.08)
  7. Students must be courteous and respectful to fellow students and the bus driver. (School Policy)
  8. Students must not engage in loud talking or laughing, excessive horseplay or fighting. (School Policy)
  9. Unnecessary confusion diverts the driver’s attention and might result in a serious accident. (School Policy)
  10. Students must not use profane or abusive language. (OAC 3301.83.08)
  11. Students must refrain from chewing gum, eating and drinking on the bus except as required for medical reasons. (OAC 3301.83.08)
  12. Students must not use tobacco, or related products, on the bus. (OAC 3301.83.08)
  13. Students must not have alcohol or drugs in their possession on the bus except for prescription medication required for the student. (OAC 3301.83.08)
  14. Students must not throw or pass objects on, from or into the bus. (OAC 3301.83.08)
  15. Students must carry on the bus only objects that can be held in their laps (when possible, transportation of band instruments and other items is supervised by the driver as provided for in Rule 3301-83-20-J of the Ohio Administrative Code.) (OAC 3301.83.08)
  16. Students must not bring on the bus any items made of glass, aerosol or spray cans of any kind, animals, balloons or other items that may pose a danger to passengers, block emergency exits or block the view of the driver. (OAC 3301.83.20)
  17. Students must treat bus equipment as one would treat valuable furniture in his/her home. Vandalism will not be tolerated. Keep the bus clean and sanitary. (School Policy)
  18. Students must not extend any part of their bodies (arms, head, etc) out of the bus windows. (OAC 3301.83.08)
  19. Students are to remain absolutely quiet at railroad crossings until the bus has completely crossed and the driver says it is OK to talk. (OAC 3301.83.08)
  20. Students must unload and board the bus at locations (bus stop) to which they have been assigned unless they have written parental and administrative authorization (Bus Pass form) to do otherwise. (OAC 3301.83.08, School Policy)
  21. Ohio Administrative Code 3301.83.17 addresses eligible riders on a school bus. In A1 of that section, authorized passengers are identified as pupils enrolled in approved programs that are eligible for transportation services authorized or required by state and federal law and school bus owner policy.