Bus Conduct Disciplinary Procedures

The following regulations shall apply to all students riding school buses in the Sycamore School District #427.  It shall be the responsibility of the student and parent to be familiar with and obey the following rules.

 

Passenger Regulations

Sycamore school bus drivers are responsible for students riding their buses just as teachers are in charge of their classroom. Students are responsible to obey the driver at all times. The privilege of riding the bus is dependent on good behavior and following rules. The purpose of these rules is to provide for a safe bus ride for all. Bus drivers are required to report any student who violates these rules. Violations are reported to the student’s principal or designee who may take away the student’s privilege to ride the bus until such time as permission to rides is reinstated. Students who are suspended from riding the bus must be present in school during the period of the suspension. Failure to attend school during a period of suspension may result in referral to the county truant officer.

Passenger Regulations for Riding Sycamore School Buses

The following regulations apply to all students riding buses. The regulations have been categorized either as Minor Infraction or Major Infraction depending on its severity. Bus misconduct may also result in school disciplinary action.

Minor Infractions

  • Excessive and unnecessary noise of any kind
  • Extending any part of the body out of a bus window or yelling out of the window
  • Feet or body parts in the aisle
  • Spitting, littering, eating, or drinking
  • Standing while the bus is in motion
  • Making a noise of any kind at a railroad crossing

Bus Conduct Report (For Minor Infractions)

  • First Minor Infraction: Conference held between the principal or designee and the student involved. A copy of the Bus Conduct Report sent to parent/guardian.
  • Second Minor Infraction: Conference held between the principal or designee and the student involved.  minimum one (1) to three (3) day suspension.  A copy of the Bus Conduct Report sent to parent/guardian.
  • Third Minor Infraction: Conference held between the principal or designee and the student involved.  minimum five (5) day suspension.  A copy of the Bus Conduct Report sent to parent/guardian.
  • Fourth Minor Infraction: Conference held between the Dean or designee and the student involved.  minimum ten (10) day suspension.  A copy of the Bus Conduct Report sent to parent/guardian.

Major Infractions

  • Fighting, harassment, intimidation, injury, or property damage
  • Insubordination
  • A physical attack toward anyone
  • Throwing or shooting any objects inside the bus, out bus windows, or at the bus
  • Vandalism of any kind to inside or outside of bus
  • Using obscene or unacceptable language, gestures, remarks, or signs directed at anyone
  • Possession or use of tobacco (any smoking materials including matches and/or lighters), firecrackers, alcohol, or a controlled substance
  • Possession or use of weapons, look-alike weapons, or anything that can be used as a weapon

Bus Conduct Report (For Major Infractions)

When applicable, restitution for damages must be paid prior to reinstatement of bus riding privileges.

  • 1st Major Infraction: Minimum three (3) to five (5) day bus suspension.

  • 2nd Major Infraction: Minimum five (5) day bus suspension.

  • 3rd Major Infraction — Minimum ten (10) day bus suspension.

  • 4th Major Infraction — Minimum fifteen (15) day bus suspension.

In cases involving repeated misconduct (Minor or Major Infraction) or in cases of an extremely serious nature or gross misconduct, bus privileges may be withdrawn for the remainder of the school year.

A parent may request a conference regarding their child’s bus transportation and/or conduct with the bus driver, Director of Operations, building principal, or designee at anytime.

When a conference is held to review bus conduct, which may result in bus privileges being withdrawn for the remainder of the school year, the bus driver(s) may be present along with the Director of Transportation and the building principal or designee.

Bus disciplinary problems regarding special education students will be handled on an individual basis according to I.E.P.’s, state regulations and Board of Education policies.

This policy and the disciplinary procedures have been adopted by the Board of Education.  The appeal process for any disciplinary action is the same as stated in the Sycamore School District 427 Policy Manual.