Fort Sam Houston ISD

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Bus Rules

Appropriate student behavior is essential to the safe operation of District transportation. The school bus is considered an extension of the classroom. Students must comply with the expectations of the student Code of Conduct while using District transportation. In addition to compliance with the Student Code of Conduct, students are expected to comply with the following transportation rules:

  • Students should be at the bus stop five (5) minutes before the scheduled pick-up time. The actual time the bus arrives may vary depending on road, traffic, and weather conditions.
  • Enter and exit the vehicle in an orderly manner at the designated stop.
  • Remain seated in designated seats facing forward.
  • Keep aisles clear of books, bags, instruments, feet, or other obstructions.
  • Comply with lawful directives issued by the driver.
  • Follow the driver’s rules for food or beverages.
  • Do not extend any body part, clothing, or other article outside of the vehicle.
  • Do not throw objects inside the vehicle or out of the windows or doors.
  • Keep hands, feet, other body parts, or objects to yourself.
  • Refrain from making loud or distracting noises and do not use profane language.
  • Do not obstruct the driver’s view.
  • Do not mark, deface, destruct, or tamper with seats, windows, emergency doors, or other equipment.
  • Wear seatbelts at all times when riding in a District van or car.
  • Upon leaving the bus, wait for the driver’s signal before crossing in front of the bus.
  • Help keep the bus clean. Student items left on the bus will be turned into the Transportation Department.
  • Students may only ride their designated bus to home, SAS, CDC or an FCC Provider.
  • In rare circumstances, a parent may request that his/her child be dropped off at a stop other than the student’s designated bus stop. A signed note from the parent must be given to the bus driver in these situations.

In order to ensure student safety, an assigned seating chart will be developed for each bus and students are expected to sit in their assigned seat. The District utilizes video surveillance equipment on buses.

A driver of a District vehicle may report a student to the campus administrator’s office to maintain discipline during transport to/from school or a school-sponsored or school-related activity, to enforce transportation rules, or when the student engages in behavior, to include but not limited to bullying and harassment, that violates that Student Code of Conduct. The administrator may use one or more discipline management techniques to address the behavior, which may include the following:

1st & 2nd Offenses: The school bus driver will advise the student, record the infraction, and report the student and the incident to the campus assistant principal. Parents will be contacted about the incident.

3rd & 4th Offenses: Bus-riding privileges may be suspended for up to 2 weeks.

5th Offense: Bus riding privileges will be suspended for the remainder of the school year. A discipline hearing with campus principal will be held to determine if further disciplinary consequences are warranted.

The student will be informed of the reason for suspension or revocation of transportation privileges and will be given an opportunity to respond before the administrator’s decision is final. Suspension of transportation privileges does not excuse a student from attending school. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian and/or student to make alternate transportation arrangement to and from school.