Bus Rules & Information for Parent & Students
The School District of Waupaca is responsible for the safety of children and the rights of all others while on a school bus. The bus is an extension of the classroom where rules of conduct and consideration of others are always present.
Please read over the following information and familiarize your family with the rules of conduct and expectations while riding a school bus. At the beginning of the school year each student must sign the last page and return it to either their bus driver or teacher.
CODE: 443.21 - STUDENT CONDUCT RULES
A. Be on time at the designated school bus stop, help keep the bus on schedule, and sit in assigned seat when designated by the driver.
B. Stay off the road at all times while waiting for the bus.
C. Be careful in approaching the place where the bus stops. Do not move toward the bus until the bus has been brought to a complete stop.
D. Do not leave your seat while the bus is in motion or while discharging or boarding riders along the bus routes.
E. Be alert to a danger signal from the driver.
F. Remain in the bus in the event of a road emergency until instructions are given by the driver.
G. Keep hands and head inside the bus at all times after entering and until leaving the bus. Do not throw anything out of the bus windows.
H. Remember that loud talking and laughing or unnecessary confusion diverts the driver’s attention and could result in a serious accident.
I. Be absolutely quiet when approaching a railroad crossing stop.
J. Treat bus equipment as you would be expected to treat valuable furniture in your own home. Never tamper with the bus or any of its equipment.
K. Assist in keeping the bus safe and sanitary at all times. No eating is allowed on the bus unless approved by the bus driver.
L. Carry no animals on the bus or large instruments or objects which take up a passenger seat.
M. Keep books, packages, coats and all other objects out of the aisles.
N. Leave no books, lunches or other articles on the bus.
O. Be courteous to fellow pupils and the bus driver.
P. Help look after the safety and comfort of smaller children.
Q. Do not ask the driver to stop at places other than the regular bus stop; (s)he is not permitted to do this except by proper authorization from a school official.
R. Observe safety precautions at drop-off point. Where it is necessary to cross the highway, proceed to a point at least 10 feet in front of the bus on the right shoulder of the highway where traffic may be observed in both directions. Then wait for a signal from the bus driver permitting you to cross.
S. Observe the same rules and regulations on other trips under school sponsorship as you observe between home and school. Respect the wishes of the chaperone appointed by the school.
T. The teacher, in the case of field trips or in cases where transportation is used for other than the regular bus routes, shall assume the responsibility for student behavior and control in order that the driver may give full attention to driving.
The School District of Waupaca approves the use of video cameras on the school buses for the primary purpose of reducing disciplinary problems and vandalism on the bus, thereby allowing the driver to focus on driving the bus, providing for safer transportation for our students.
CODE: 443.8 - STUDENT INTIMIDATION
The School District of Waupaca seeks to provide a learning environment free of any form of intimidation toward and between students. Therefore, the District will not tolerate intimidation in any form and will take all necessary and appropriate action to eliminate it, up to and including discipline of the offenders.
Intimidation can arise from a broad range of physical or verbal behavior which can include, but not be limited to, the following: physical or mental abuse, racial insults, ethnic slurs, religious slurs, unwelcome sexual advances and touching, sexual comments or jokes, sexually explicit derogatory statements, or discriminating remarks which are offensive or objectionable to the recipient or which cause the recipient discomfort, humiliation or which interfere with the recipient’s academic performance.
It is the responsibility of administrators, staff members and all students to ensure that these prohibited activities do not occur.
The School District of Waupaca generally utilizes a progressive discipline policy when school bus rules are not followed. Discipline procedures may simply involve a call to the parent from the driver or a meeting with parents, student and the principal to go over proper bus riding behavior. However, depending on the severity of the rule broken or incident involved, the administration may immediately suspend a student from riding the bus. The school board may expel a student from school and/or transportation privileges for extreme misbehavior in accordance with state law and board policy.
Parents must accept joint responsibility with school authorities for the proper conduct of their children. Parents must make a reasonable effort to understand and cooperate with those responsible for pupil transportation.
Feel free to stop by the bus garage or your child’s school office for a complete copy of the “Bus Rider Handbook.”
Please do not call the bus garage regarding closings. Notification of school closing(s) is broadcast on WDUX Radio Station (92.7 FM and 800 AM) and television channels 2, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 26.
Thank you for your time and cooperation.