Western Dubuque Community School District
Address: 310 4th St. SW, PO Box 68 | Farley, IA 52046
Phone: (563) 744-3885
Fax: (563) 744-3093
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Bus Discipline Referral Procedures

Safety is a department priority; therefore, proper conduct on school buses by all transported students is required. Transportation is a privilege granted to students contingent upon the exhibition of proper behavior, therefore, the WDCSD has established transportation student behavior guidelines which apply to all students. Each student and their parent/guardian is responsible for the behavior of the student before, after & while on school provided transportation.

A student’s privilege to ride the school bus or in school provided transportation may be suspended or revoked. Revocation of a student’s bus riding privilege is not considered an exclusion, expulsion, or suspension from school. The district does not provide alternative transportation for a student that has lost his/her riding privilege. Decisions regarding special education students will take into account their IEP needs/requirements.

Parents are also responsible for their child’s behavior while they are at their designated bus stop. These riding rules apply there as well as in line up at school.

These bus rules have been established for all students to follow to insure a safe ride for all. 

1.  Respect the bus driver, other students, property and themselves.
2.  Obey the bus driver’s instructions/directions the first time given.
3.  Keep hands and feet off other people and their property.
4.  Sit while the bus is in motion.
5.  Speak only to those around them in conversational (inside) voices using respectful words.
6.  Communicate any problems or conflicts with the bus driver.

To ensure the safety of all students, the following guidelines have been established to respond to students that interfere with the safety of others on WDCSD provided transportation.

LEVEL 1

o Failure to follow driver’s directions

Standing, not facing forward, while bus is moving

o Boarding/exiting at other than assigned stop

o Excessive noise or misbehavior

o Horseplay (ie. Playing corners, throwing snow, chanting loudly)

o Food or drink on bus outside of driver & state standards

o Other forms of misbehavior that, in the view of the bus driver, create a safety concern.

Consequences:

Driver will contact parent & transportation supervisor to alert them of continued issue on bus before a written warning is issued.

First Offense: Written warning and up to 3 day bus suspension

Second Offense: Written warning and up to 5 day bus suspension

Third Offense: Considered Level 2

LEVEL 2

o Threatening comments

o Disrespecting others

o Possession or use of anything that may be considered a weapon

o Running beside a moving bus

o Distracting the driver

o Use of obscene or profane actions / language

o Extending any body parts out of the window while bus is moving

o Throwing or shooting objects

o Vandalism of school or student property

o Inappropriate use of electronic devices

Consequences:

Driver will contact parent & transportation supervisor to alert them of continued issue on bus

First Offense: Written warning and up to five (5) day bus suspension

Second Offense: Written warning and up to thirty (30) day bus suspension

Third Offense: Considered Level 3

LEVEL 3

o Possession of tobacco (including e-cigs), alcohol or illegal drugs

o Possession of a weapon (including look a likes & toys), ammunition, or fire

o Assault, violence toward bus driver or student(s)

o Confirmed case of bullying

o Flagrant disregard for safety

Consequences:

Driver will contact parent & transportation supervisor to alert them of continued issue on bus

First Offense: Minimum thirty (30) day bus suspension up to suspension of bus riding privilege for the remainder of the school year and referral to school office for additional disciplinary action.

This information serves as notice to parents that safety is of the highest priority of WDCSD Transportation Department. These steps are in place to respond to behaviors that create a hazard to safe transportation.

Parents are urged to review this information with their children, establish their own expectations for safe behavior while on school provided transportation, and ensure that students are aware of the WDCSD expectations for student behavior as stated above.

(5/23/2017).

School Bus Rules & Expectations
Prior to Loading the Bus:
  1. Students have a responsibility to be at the designated stop on time. The driver cannot be expected to wait.  Parents are responsible for their student's behavior prior to loading the bus.
  2. Students should stay at least 10 feet away from the roadway while waiting for the bus and at least 10 feet away from the moving bus and wait until the bus stops before approaching it.
  3. If a student is not going to be on the bus, he/she should let the driver know in advance.  Parents may contact WD dispatcher at 563-744-3885 ext.6051 am or ext.6050 pm.
  4. Students will only be picked up at designated stops.
While on the Bus: Students will: Respect the bus driver, other students, property and themselves.
  1. Obey the bus driver's instructions/directions the first time given.
  2. Keep hands/feet off other people and their property.
  3. Sit while the bus is in motion.
  4. Speak only to those around them in conversational (inside) voices using respectful words.
  5. Communicate any problems or conflicts with the bus driver.
After Leaving the Bus:
  • If a student must cross the road after leaving the bus, he/she shall wait for the driver's signal and then cross in front of the bus.
  • If a student lives on the side of the road on which the bus stops, he/she shall move away from the bus immediately after getting off.
  • Students will be dropped off only at designated bus stops.
   
Video Cameras & Co-Curricular Trips
VIDEO CAMERAS Many buses have been equipped to videotape for the primary purpose of preventing disciplinary problems and vandalism on the bus. Access to and use of videotapes from buses shall be limited. Only the transportation director, bus drivers, principals, police, and the District Administrator shall be authorized to view the videotape for the purpose of documenting a problem and determining which student(s) may be involved. Disciplinary action may be taken with students based on video documentation. School administrators may authorize pupil services personnel to view segments of a specific tape if viewing the videotape is beneficial to their role in assisting the student.
CO-CURRICULAR TRIPS
(Athletics, Music, Field Trips, etc.)
Although the bus driver is ultimately responsible for the safety of all who ride the bus, an adult chaperone (school staff or parent) will always be on board during co-curricular trips. The school or parent chaperone is responsible for the management of the students on the bus, student attendance counts, and follow-up with parents and/or administrators concerning student behavior problems. Chaperones should check with the driver for driver expectations regarding noise level and student behavior. Students are expected to follow all school rules and expectations.
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