For the safety of students and bus drivers, the orderly operation of bus routes and fair treatment of students is of the utmost importance. It is therefore imperative that procedures for the operation of school buses be firmly outlined and adhered to in order that order and safety is promoted.
The purpose of this procedure is to:
1. Identify in specific terms the behaviour of those students who exhibit unacceptable behaviour while riding on a school bus;
2. Determine the extent to which the behaviour has had a detrimental influence on the other occupants of the bus;
3. Clarify and communicate with the student and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s), the details of the unacceptable behaviour;
4. Outline a process by which a student who has exhibited unacceptable behaviour and who has failed to respond to attempts to improve his/her behaviour, or whose initial behaviour is deemed to be very serious, will have his/her bus privileges suspended; and
5. Communicate, in consultation with the student and his parents, some reasonable and specific behaviours and expectations for the student to demonstrate in order to have bus status reinstated.Procedures
1. When a student exhibits unacceptable behaviour while riding the bus, the bus driver will initially deal with the student and his/her parent/guardian. The bus driver should record the date and details of this initial discussion.
2. If the unacceptable behaviour continues, the bus driver will report to the principal the name of the student who he/she deems to have unacceptable behaviour, including specifics with regard to the unacceptable behaviour.
3. The principal will discuss the bus driver’s concerns with the student and determine with the student positive alternatives to the unacceptable behaviour.
4. In the event of a third occurrence, the bus driver will report in writing to the principal, the nature of the unacceptable behaviour. The principal will arrange a meeting with the student and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s). At this meeting, both the student and the parents will be informed as to the specific nature of the problem and possible solutions. Expectations will be identified in writing for the student and the parents and the situation will be monitored for ten school days. The bus driver may be present if the principal believes this will helpful.
5. At the end of the ten-day period, the principal will review the situation with the bus driver, the student and the parents. If the student has not demonstrated a marked improvement, the principal can opt to:
5.1. Refer the situation for a second ten day period; or
5.2. Suspend the student from riding the bus for a period not to exceed five school days.
6. If a fourth occasion arises during a school year, whereby the student demonstrates unacceptable behaviour, the principal shall suspend the student from riding the bus for ten school days and refer the student to the Area Superintendent of Schools. Once referred, the student and parents will be entitled to a hearing as per The Education Act, 1995
and there will be a referral to the Director
7. Upon review of the situation, the Director will do one of the following:
7.1. Re-instate the student immediately;
7.2. Suspend the student from bus service for a set period of time; or
7.3. Suspend the student from school attendance for a set period of time; or
7.4. If a review of the situation after a period has demonstrated a marked improvement, then the student and parent will be informed that no further disciplinary action will be taken at that time.
8. Should the same student regress to the point where he/she again exhibits unacceptable behaviour, the student will be dealt with as per step 6 of this procedure.
Reference: Sections 85, 87, 108, 109, 110, 194, 195, 196, 197, Education Act
Highway Traffic Act
April 5, 2011