A MESSAGE FROM THE TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR:
Welcome to the 2020/2021 school year!
Although things may look different this year, please know that we are still committed to offering the safest mode of transportation for your child(ren). If you have not been contacted by me with your bus information; please don’t hesitate to reach out. I try and contact each parent the week before school starts. Please know that things change, and your students’ bus #, time, and driver may not be the same as last year. We work very hard to accommodate and make each bus route the most efficient and short as we possibly can, which may require change from time to time.
I want you to know that it is my #1 goal for each student who rides the bus to have a safe and orderly ride, every day. I would be grateful if you could help by talking to your child(ren) about appropriate behavior at the bus stop and on the bus. Also, to ensure your child(ren) have a mask on when he/she loads the school bus and that the child knows the mask must remain on for the duration of the route. This is required. Minimizing the spread of germs is a top priority, we will be following direction from the MN Dept of Education in regard to sanitizing the bus.
A few things that are different this year regarding bus transportation:
Children will not be allowed to ride a different bus to another person’s bus stop. You will only be allowed to ride your normal bus.
Children will load the bus BACK TO FRONT and families will sit together. Also, there will be certain seats blocked off so that no one can sit in them.
The driver will assist in letting the students know where to sit if there is confusion. Assigned seats will most likely be utilized.
When unloading at the school, students will unload FRONT TO BACK to eliminate crossing each other as much as possible.
It is important for parents to know that school supervision of (and responsibility for) students begin when students board the school bus—not while they are waiting at the bus stop. Student’s behavior on the school bus is crucial for a safe and efficient ride.
Below is my contact information, please contact me directly with any bus changes, whether it is for the day or for the year. I also welcome any sort of schedule that is made ahead of time, I will share it with the bus driver.
I am looking forward to a safe and enjoyable school year together!
Jessica Larson, Transportation Director
1. Students will show respect for the school bus operator at all times and follow their instructions promptly.
2. Keep hands and feet to yourself and keep all objects inside the bus.
3. Students MUST remain seated in their assigned seat at all times unless otherwise directed by the school bus operator.
4. Quiet conversation with a student seated near you is allowed.
5. Students should WAIT for instructions (hand signals or otherwise) from the school bus operator EVERY TIME when crossing the street to board the bus or when exiting the bus. Students should be able to maintain eye contact with the school bus operator and cross in full view of the school bus operator.
6. Food, gum or drinks are NOT to be consumed on the school bus.
7. Harassment and bullying is prohibited at all times.
8. Students are to wait at the bus stop in an orderly manner.
9. Students are to board and exit the school bus only at their assigned bus stop.
From Parent/Student Handbook:
(refer to entire Student Transportation Safety Policy 709 on the district website)
Transportation by school bus is a privilege and not a right. Students must conform to School District policies regarding student conduct and safety while on the bus. The bus driver is the ultimate authority on the school bus.
Consequences for school bus/bus stop misconduct will be imposed by the school district under adopted administrative discipline procedures. In addition, all school bus/bus stop misconduct will be reported to the school district’s transportation safety director. Serious misconduct may be reported to local law enforcement.
School Bus and Bus Stop Rules. The school district school bus safety rules are to be posted on every bus. If these rules are broken, the school district’s discipline procedures are to be followed. In most circumstances, consequences are progressive and may include suspension of bus privileges. It is the school bus driver’s responsibility to report unacceptable behavior to the school district’s Transportation Office/School Office.
Rules at the Bus Stop
a. Get to your bus stop five minutes before your scheduled pick up time. The school bus driver will not wait for late students.
b. Respect the property of others while waiting at your bus stop.
c. Keep your arms, legs and belongings to yourself.
d. Use appropriate language.
e. Stay away from the street, road or highway when waiting for the bus.
f. Wait until the bus stops before approaching the bus.
g. After getting off the bus, move away from the bus.
h. If you must cross the street, always cross in front of the bus where the driver can see you. Wait for the driver to signal to you before crossing
i. No fighting, harassment, intimidation or horseplay.
j. No use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs.
Be on time
Use your quiet voice
Keep the bus clean
Have a positive attitude
Stay in your seat
Keep your hands and feet to self