According to SECPSD Transportation Procedures a completed consent form is required for any urban student riding a rural bus under special circumstances. Please click the READ MORE link to access the Guest Rider Consent Form, for information on Carry-On Items, and to review other Transportation Procedures.
As winter approaches, it’s imperative that parents have a back-up plan for their children with respect to riding the school bus;
1. The plan should include alternate arrangements in the event the school bus is running late or cancelled for whatever reason.
2. Students riding the bus must be dressed appropriately for the weather conditions, as the bus driver has the authority to refuse transportation to any student they deem is not dressed suitable for the temperatures and weather conditions.
3. Be cognizant of what is allowed as ‘Carry on items’ on a school bus and how they are to be stowed.
4. Follow the Administrative Policies listed below;
a. To inform the driver when their child or children will not require bus service.
b. To ensure their child or children are ready to board the bus at the appropriate pick-up time.
c. To ensure their child or children are dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.
d. To arrange billets for their child or children in the event of severe weather, and ensure the school has this information.
e. To promote good conduct by their child or children on the bus.
a. Show respect to the driver and to understand the driver is in charge at all times while they are on the bus.
b. Abide by the bus driver seating assignments.
c. Observe the instructions and directions given by the driver when boarding or exiting the bus.
d. No student is to attempt to board or exit the bus while it is in motion.
e. Remain in their seats while the bus is in motion.
f. Be ready to board the bus at the appointed pick-up locations/times both before and after school.
g. The use of tobacco products, alcohol and non-medical drugs are prohibited on the bus.
h. Profanity is not permitted.
Guest Rider Authorization (Rural buses only):
Up to 4 non-registered students for a certain bus from the same school may ride on a bus:
a. If there are sufficient seats on the bus.
b. If the drop-off or pick-up point is a regularly scheduled stop.
c. The guest rider follows the rules of the bus (violation of bus rules may result in denial of future requests)
d. If the school administration, in consultation with the bus driver and parents, has provided written approval in accordance with the ‘Guest Rider Consent Form’. Requests for approval should be submitted with as much notice as possible. School administration reserves the right to deny requests if adequate notice is not provided.
Caregiver Authorization (Rural buses only):
a. Alternate Drop off locations must be on an existing stop on the route
b. If the alternate pick-up or drop off is for child care or custody purposes, it must be a regular schedule to minimize the risk & liability to the bus driver. I.e. Monday through Friday or at least every morning or afternoon.
c. The ‘Caregiver Authorization Form’ must be completely endorsed prior to a student being dropped off anywhere other than their permanent residence. This form must be completed annually.
Courtesy Rider Authorization (Rural buses only):
The Courtesy Rider Program enables families to meet a bus within the attendance area that the student wishes to attend at an existing pick-up point within that boundary when:
a. In accordance with the Board’s Administrative Procedure 306, transportation from the families place of residence or from within the attendance boundary they reside when wanting to attend a school within another attendance area will not be provided. They can take advantage of the Board’s Courtesy Rider Program which allows them to meet the bus at an existing pick-up point within the attendance area they wish to attend school as long as there is capacity on the bus. The family will be required to obtain written permission from the land owner/current tenant to board the bus at their place of residence. Written permission must indicate that the land owner /current tenant is responsible for the student(s) until the parent or guardian arrives.
b. You are required to submit a copy of the written permission to the Facilities & Transportation Department.