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    TRANSPORTATION CODE OF CONDUCT

     

    I. PHILOSOPHY OF TRANSPORTATION

    The purpose of the transportation system of the Canisteo-Greenwood Central School District is to provide safe reliable transportation of school age children to and from school on a regular, consistent basis. Riding buses is a privilege and not a right. Students may be denied the privilege of riding the bus for just cause.  Students and parents should understand that the responsibility for seeing that students are at school rest with the parents, regardless of whether or not the student may ride the bus. (See New York State Education Law - Transportation 30:16)

     

    The transportation policies and practices of the Canisteo-Greenwood Central School District shall be consistent with and governed by the rules and regulations set forth by the Canisteo-Greenwood Code of Conduct. 

     

    Transportation of students for special events, athletics, field trips, other curricular activities may be subject to review on a case-by-case basis by the School Administrator.

     

    Expectations for Students

    Be Safe

    Board the bus one at a time

    Respect the danger zone around the bus

    Remain seated until dismissed by the bus driver

    Wait for driver signal to walk in front of the bus

    Resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner

    Clear loading/unloading areas as quickly as possible

    Be Respectful

    Use appropriate and positive language

    Speak in conversational tones

    Respect division property (e.g. bus seats, doors, windows)

    Respect the property of others

    Follow the instructions of the bus driver

    Follow the instructions of the bus supervisors

    Be Responsible

    Be on time for the bus

    Remain seated in assigned seats

    Eat or drink before or after the bus ride

    Keep books and or bags on your lap

    Keep aisles clear

    Ask the driver's permission to open a window

    Be Positive

    Help the bus driver do a good job

    Help other students

    Model safe, responsible and respectful behavior

     

    When a student violates a rule, he/she will be dealt with directly by the bus driver and reported to the administrator of his/her school. The administrator will determine whether the violation is Level 1-3 and take the appropriate action based on that determination. Consideration may be given to age, disability status and developmentally appropriate behavior.

    The school principal/designee will have authority to suspend the riding privileges of students and/or take other reasonable disciplinary actions for students who exhibit improper behavior on the bus. School Administrators will determine the disciplinary action based on severity and frequency of referrals.

    Below you will find a list of violations that are categorized as minor (Level 1), serious (Level 2) or severe (Level 3). Please note that some infractions are included in more than one list. If so, the administrator will determine which category to use in order to apply the consequence for the infraction. In addition, should a violation not be listed in any category the administration shall determine the category to use when applying the consequence. The listed behaviors are examples of behaviors that may be disruptive or compromise safety on the bus and are not intended to be exhaustive.  Suspension of bus riding privileges includes all buses to and from school as determined by the School Administrator. In addition, any violation may be shifted from one category to another if the situation warrants as determined by the School Administrator.

    Level 1

    Failure to follow directions

    Pushing and/or shoving

    Mischief (horseplay, etc.)

    Showing affection

    Spitting

    Verbal confrontation student to student

    Inappropriate language

    Excessive noise

    Lying down in the seat

    Not remaining seated

    Legs in aisle

    Littering on bus

    Disrespect to peers

    Consequences will range from a conference up to and including denial of bus riding privilege and/or consequences as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct as determined by the Building Principal or school administrator.

     

    Level 2

    Body parts outside the bus                                                                                 

    Intentionally riding the wrong bus
    Insubordination/Disrespectful to authority                                                                   

    Getting off at the wrong stop                                                                                  
    Jumping over seats                                                                                                     

    Abusive language, profanity or obscene gestures
    Shooting projectiles
    Bullying                                                                                                                

    Harassment
    Spraying aerosol
    Possession of matches/lighter
    Stealing
    Fighting
    Throwing objects on the bus or outside the bus
    Inappropriate actions toward motorists
    Use of laser pointer or reflective device                                                                          

    Changing clothes on the bus                                                                                            

    Use of electronic flash
    Opening emergency door/window
    Use of pepper spray
    Vandalism/writing on bus surfaces
    Possession of tobacco products
    Verbally threatening or posturing a student                                                        

    Interruption of the normal operation of the bus

    Consequences will range from 3 days suspension of bus riding privilege up to and
    including suspension of bus riding privilege for the remainder of the school year and/or consequences as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct as determined by the Building Principal or school administrator.

     

    Level 3

    Assault
    Possession of a weapon
    Possession and/or discharging of firecrackers or other explosive devices
    Sexual misconduct
    Possession and/or consumption/use of alcohol/tobacco products
    Severe safety violations
    Possession of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia                                                  

    Distribution of alcohol or drugs paraphernalia
    Lighting matches/lighter                                                                                          

    Lighting flammable sprays, liquids, etc.

    Consequences will range from 10 days suspension of bus riding privilege up to and
    including suspension of bus riding privilege for the remainder of the school year and/or consequences as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct as determined by the Building Principal or school administrator.

     

    BUS NOTES

    If a student plans to ride a bus to a destination other than the location they ride to on a daily basis, a note from the parent/guardian must be submitted to the Main Office no later than noon (12pm) on the date in question.  If a student is riding to the home of or with another student, both students must present notes from their separate parents/guardians by noon (12pm) on the day of the alternative transportation.  Failure to provide one or both bus notes (depending on the situation) will result in the student being required to ride the bus originally assigned to them. 

     

    VIDEO CAMERAS ON SCHOOL BUSES

    The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to ensure the safety and welfare of staff and students on school transportation vehicles.  Video cameras may be used to monitor student behavior on school vehicles transporting students to and from school or extracurricular activities.    Questions about the school transportation program should be directed to the Transportation Supervisor at (607) 698-2631.