Middleborough Public Schools
School Bus Rules
copy of these rules is to be posted in each bus.
are expected to conduct themselves while waiting for and riding on the bus,
in exactly the same way they are expected to act in school. The bus driver
has the authority to judge conduct to maintain discipline, and to report
pupils to the principal when necessary.
profanity will be tolerated.
smoking will be permitted.
seats may be allowed with the driverís permission and at his/her
discretion, but only when the bus is stopped.
may talk to adjoining neighbors in a reasonable tone of voice but no
shouting will be permitted.
assignment of seats is left to the discretion of the bus driver and / or
or chewing gum will not be permitted on the bus.
opening of windows is left to the discretion of the bus driver.
emergency equipment, including the emergency door, and/or bus equipment is
for emergency use only and MUST NOT be tampered with.
bus driver is not required to wait beyond his/her scheduled time for picking
up students. It is the parentsí responsibility to have pupils at the
roadside when the bus arrives. The bus driver will inform the students and
parents as to the time he/she will pick up the riders.
stops will be established by the bus contractor; the superintendent or his
designee will have the final determination in disputed cases.
entering a bus, the student is to go immediately to a seat. The driver will
wait a reasonable time before starting the bus again.
a first offense, the bus driver will notify the building principal who will
determine whether the parent should be notified.
the second offense, the offender will be suspended from the bus for three
the third offense, the offender will be suspended for a minimum of five
school days or a maximum of a school year, up to the discretion of the
principal or his designee, based on the severity of the offense.
offenses may result in suspension of bus privileges for the remainder of
the school year.
cases of serious offenses affecting the safety of the school bus and/or
its occupants, the offender may lose his/her bus privilege immediately.
student proven to have done damage to the bus will be held responsible.
student will be permitted to change his regularly scheduled transportation
except in cases of emergency. In such an event a pupil wishing to change his
regular bus for a specific day must present to the principal a written
request from the parent giving the reason for the request.
are for the transportation of pupils to and from school only. No pupil can
be permitted to leave the bus at any point enroute to school in the morning
or enroute home at the close of the school day. The entire trip to and from
school must be completed.
superintendent of schools reserves the right to rescind any of these rules.
Procedure for the
Use of School Bus Video Cameras
- Each bus used for regular education
transportation will be equipped with a video housing box ready to accept a
- Each housing box will be labeled with a sign
informing riders that they are subject to being videotaped on the school bus
at any time.
- All students shall be notified that they are
subject to being videotaped on the school bus at any time. Parents of
students will be notified through a school district notice and media.
- Two video cameras will be available for recording
on the eighteen buses. Taping will be audio and video.
- Cameras will be scheduled on the school bus on a
rotation basis so as not to select only certain buses. This rotation shall
be determined by the School Department.
- Based on the number of incidences of misconduct
or the seriousness of these reports, video monitoring of a bus route may be
done more extensively. The Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee may
decide if more extensive monitoring is needed. Additional monitoring is
meant to add to the written disciplinary reports by the bus driver, not take
the place of reports.
- After videotaping in a bus, the tapes will be
stored at the office of the school bus transportation manager for ten (10)
days. If no incidences are reported, the tapes will be recycled. Viewing of
tapes may be randomly reviewed by the school department transportation
supervisor to ensure proper school bus conduct. If incidences are reported,
or if incidences are viewed during random selections, the videotapes are to
be kept until a final resolution, action and time for appeals.
- Requests for viewing a videotape must be made in
writing to the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee.
Approved at the May 25, 1994 School Committee