Bus Transportation  (Phone Number 821-1340)

The District Coordinator of Transportation arranges all bus transportation.  Any questions concerning bus numbers, schedules, bus stops, etc. should be referred to the district transportation office at 821-1340.  If a student wishes to ride home on any bus other than the one issued from the office, provided space is available, a written note must be sent to the school.

LEXINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 GUIDELINES

SCHOOL BUS CONDUCT

Students who ride a school bus must observe school bus rules, remain seated and conduct themselves in an orderly manner.  A student who breaks any bus rules faces disciplinary action.  Depending on the severity of the rule broken, a student may receive points, be suspended from the bus or be expelled from the bus.

CONDUCT FOR MEETING THE BUS

  • Students must be on time.
  • If students have to walk along a highway to get to the bus stop, they should walk on the shoulder of the road.
  • If students have to cross the road to get to the bus stop, they must wait opposite the stop until the driver motions that it is safe to cross the road.  Students should walk, not run, across the road.
  • If students have to walk on highway pavement, they should walk facing traffic.
  • Students should not run alongside the bus when the bus is moving. Wait until the bus stops and then walk to the door.

CONDUCT INSIDE THE BUS

  • Students should go to their assigned seats.
  • Students should not crowd or push.
  • Students should remain seated.
  • Students should face forward.
  • Students may never extend any part of their bodies out of the bus.
  • Students may not talk rudely to the bus driver.
  • Students may not tamper with the emergency exits or any bus equipment.
  • Students will not mar or deface any part of the bus. Students should report any         damage to the driver as soon as possible.
  • Only the bus driver or other authorized person may remove first aid equipment.  This first aid equipment is used in emergencies only.
  • Students may not tamper with the fire extinguisher. Only the bus driver or otherauthorized person will use the fire extinguisher in an emergency.
  • Students may not wave or shout to pedestrians or occupants of other vehicles.
  • Students may not throw objects either inside the bus or from bus windows.
  • Students will not fight/scuffle.
  • Students will not create disturbances.
  • Students will not place books, lunch boxes, band/orchestra instruments or other objects (such as class projects) in the aisle or in the front of the bus. They may carry these items on the bus if space is available.
  • Students may not bring live animals on the bus.
  • Students may not eat or drink on the bus.
  • Excessive noise is not permitted on the bus.

BUS DISCIPLINE
Students who break any bus rules are subject to disciplinary action. Depending on the severity of the rule broken, a student may receive points, be suspended or be expelled from the bus.


Misconduct Point Accumulation System Offense
 

  • Delaying the bus       (1-5 points)
  • Causing confusion    (1-5 points)
  • Misconduct     (1-5 points)
  • Out of assigned seat without permission    (1-5 points)
  • Excessive noise   (1-5 points)
  • Showing disrespect to or disobeying driver  (1-5 points)
  • Littering on bus   (1-5 points)

For point offenses a student may be suspended from the bus as follows:
Points                      Length of Bus Suspension
11                                         5 days
22                                       10 days
33                                       15 days
44                                        Recommended for suspension for remainder of school year

School bus points accumulate during the entire school year, move with the student in the district and are not reduced after a suspension. School bus points apply to school bus transportation only and do not overlap with the school demerit system.

Bus Suspension

Some misconduct supersedes the bus point system and results in immediate suspension from the bus and possibly from school.  Removal of a student from a bus for the remainder of the school year is at the discretion of the district hearing officer following recommendation from the school administrator.

Immediate suspension from the bus and possibly from school occurs when:

  • Students use obscene language/gestures or vulgar language/gestures. (This offense may result in a recommendation for expulsion from bus transportation.)
  • Students show a marked disrespect to others. (This offense may result in a recommendation for expulsion from bus transportation.)
  • Students possess a weapon. (This offense will result in a recommendation for expulsion from school.)
  • Students directly disobey the driver or supervisor. (This offense may a result in a recommendation for expulsion from bus transportation.)
  • Students hit or threaten the driver or supervisor. (This offense will result in a recommendation for expulsion from school.)
  • Students possess any tobacco product, matches or lighter on the bus. (This offense will result in a recommendation for expulsion from bus transportation.)
  • Students possess, use, transmit, associate with, sell or are under the influence of any stimulants, depressants, cannabis, psychedelics/hallucinogens, narcotics, miscellaneous inhalants or look-alike drugs of any kind. (This offense will result in a recommendation for expulsion from school.)
  • Students light a match or lighter on the bus. (This offense may result in a recommendation for expulsion from bus transportation.)
  • Students damage the bus or its equipment. (If a student damages a bus, he or she will pay for those damages within seven days or the student will be suspended from the bus and possibly from school until the payment is made.)
  • Students possess or discharge fireworks, including stink bombs, on the bus. (This offense may result in a recommendation for expulsion from school.
  • Students throw objects of any kind either inside the bus or from a bus window. (This offense may result in a recommendation for expulsion from bus transportation.)
  • Students hit a student without provocation. (This offense may result in a recommendation for expulsion from bus transportation and/or school.)
  • Students show disrespect to the driver. (This offense may result in a recommendation for expulsion from bus transportation and/or school.)
  • Students interfere with the operation of the bus by pulling the emergency lever, etc. (This offense may result in a recommendation for expulsion from bus transportation.)
  • Students use emergency exits without authorization. (This offense may result in a recommendation for expulsion from bus transportation.)
  • Students fighting. (This offense may result in a recommendation for expulsion from school.)
  • Students take physical action against each other by pulling hair, sticking with pins, etc. (This offense may result in a recommendation for expulsion from bus transportation.)
  • Students threaten or intimidate others.  (This offense may result in a recommendation for expulsion from school.)
  • Students leave or board bus at an unauthorized stop. (This offense may result in a recommendation for expulsion from bus transportation.)
  • Students possessing an article designed to distract, disturb or cause bodily harm such as rubber bands, spitballs, water guns, radios, tape players, mechanical toys, games, CD players, telephones, etc. The bus driver will confiscate the item and give it to the appropriate school official along with the name of the student. (This offense may result in a recommendation for expulsion from bus transportation.)

Offenses                   Bus Suspension Length
First Time                              1  –   5 days
Second Time                         5  – 10 days
Third Time                            10 – 15 days