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AP 554 - Parent and Student Responsibilities Regarding Busing


The safe and effective operation of school buses requires that parents and students know and act in accordance with their responsibilities.


1.  Parents and guardians of students who ride school buses must:

1.1    Provide necessary lanes and turn around for yard pick-up to accommodate a school bus when required;

1.2    Ensure that students are adequately dressed for the climate conditions should they need to evacuate the bus in emergency situations;

1.3    Co-operate with the bus drivers and principals in carrying out proper discipline on the bus;

1.4    Ensure arrangements are made for billeting of their children in town should buses not run due to severe weather conditions. These arrangements must be made at the start of the school year, updated as the need arises, and communicated to the principal;

1.5    Advise the driver when their child(ren) will not be using the bus service;

1.6    Request permission of the driver to arrange for any special situations requiring additional bus service (i.e. children to grandparents, birthday parties, etc.); and

1.7    Request changes to their child(ren)’s transportation.

2.  Students must:

2.1  Be properly dressed in winter for any emergency; the bus driver has the responsibility to refuse to transport any student, if the student does not have in their possession, while travelling on the school bus, proper headgear, gloves, footwear, etc.;

2.2  Be on time. The bus driver should not be expected to wait on students unless he/she is early.  If students are habitually causing the driver to wait, this fact should be reported to the parent and/or the principal;

2.3  Not move from seat to seat on a school bus after he/she has been given seating instructions by the driver at the beginning of the fall term.  This also means that no student may move from seat to seat when the bus is in motion;

2.4  Refrain from yelling, shouting or whistling, as it distracts the driver's attention to horns or railroad bells. Low talk is permitted;

2.5    Advise the driver when he/she will not be using the bus service;

2.6    Obey the driver’s instructions.  The driver can either report to the principal, and/or has the right not to pick the student up. If this is done, the driver should report the situation to the parent, and the principal.  The principal will then inform the designated Area Superintendent of Schools and the Superintendent of Operations;

2.7    Refrain from fighting or throwing objects.  This action brings an immediate suspension of the student riding the bus.  The driver must take the student home, but does not have to pick him/her up.  The driver will report such incidents in concert with his/her responsibilities outlined in another procedure;

2.8    Refrain from the use of profanity on the bus;

2.9    Assist the driver with keeping the interior of the bus clean;

2.10    Refrain from extending arms, heads, or limbs beyond open windows.  No littering will be tolerated;

2.11    Not use the rear door except in an emergency;

2.12    Be made familiar with the location and use of the first aid kit, the fire extinguisher, and the emergency door, in case of an emergency.  This is especially important for older students.  Students should be aware of the location of a cell phone in order to call 911 in an emergency in which the driver cannot make this call;

2.13    Obey the school bus driver, and special attention should be paid to following the driver's directions with respect to boarding or leaving the bus;

2.14    Wait for a signal from the driver when it is necessary for the pupils to cross a highway in order to board or leave the bus.  Crossings must always be made in front of the vehicle;

2.15    Ensure that if equipment related to instruction and extra-curricular activities is transported on the bus that it will be transported in proper carrying cases that will fit under the seat.  Under no circumstance can such equipment be placed in the aisle; and

2.16    Treat the school bus with the same consideration they would give their own personal property.

Reference:    Highway Traffic Act
Sections 85, 87, 108, 109, 110, 194, 195, 196, 197, Education Act

February 24, 2012