All eligible students will be permitted to ride the bus provided they conduct themselves properly and have a signed bus card on file. Students may be forbidden to ride the bus because of misconduct. Students should report to the designated bus loading area as soon as the bell rings in order to avoid missing the bus.
Bus safety is of primary concern to the school district. The district has attempted to balance the loads in buses by assigning students to a certain bus. It is very important that a student ride the assigned bus.Permission to ride a different bus or to get off the bus with another student must be obtained prior to the end of the school day. A note written by the parent must be approved by an administrator.
School buses are operated by Durham Transportation. The office number is 817-847-6537. The bus driver is charged with the responsibility of maintaining discipline. He/she shall report violations to the school principal. THE BUS DRIVER HAS THE SAME AUTHORITY OVER THE STUDENT AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER.
The policies that govern riding the school bus are listed below. The enforcement of these rules will be very rigid since the student’s behavior on the school bus is extremely important for bus safety.
First Offense– driver will make a written referral to the principal and contact the parent. The principal will determine if other consequences are warranted.
Second Offense– the student may be suspended from riding the bus for 3 days and other alternative discipline may be used at the discretion of the principal.
Third offense– the student may be suspended from riding the bus for 5 days and other alternative discipline may be used at the discretion of the principal.
Fourth offense– the student may be suspended from riding the bus for the remainder of the semester and other alternative discipline may be used at the discretion of the principal. If the offense occurs during the last six weeks of a semester, it may be extended to the end of the following semester.
The principal has the authority to skip steps for serious violation, or repeat them if necessary.