Student Bus Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure #3525.3

PROCEDURE: #3525.3

TITLE: Student Bus Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure

Student Bus Conduct

Students are expected to:

  • Respect themselves and others
  • Respect individual differences
  • Respect the property of others
  • Use respectful language

The following are examples of behaviors that are unacceptable and may result in revocation of riding privileges:

  • Insubordination: Defined to mean a direct refusal to follow the instructions of the bus driver or others in charge.
  • Alcohol, Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia, Tobacco: Defined to mean being under the influence, using, distributing or possessing.
  • Fighting: Defined to mean any act of leading to aggression or harm, or physical assault upon a person or persons, regardless of whether or not prompted by the action of others.
  • Disrespectful language: Defined to mean abusive, derogatory, offensive or profane remarks.
  • Destruction of the Bus: Defined to mean any act relating to the marring, cutting, tearing, or general destruction of bus facilities.
  • Weapons: Defined as guns, knives, razors, karate sticks, metal knuckles, or any object which is capable of inflicting bodily harm; weapons include “look-alikes.”
  • Bullying or Harassment: Defined to mean deliberate or intentional behavior using words or actions intended to cause fear, intimidation, embarrassment or harm.
  • Repeated Offenses: Defined to mean reoccurring minor infractions of bus safety rules.

Disciplinary Procedures

When student misconduct occurs:

  1. The driver will first attempt to talk with the student individually whenever possible to resolve the problem.
  2. If talking with the student should prove ineffective, the student may be assigned to a specific seat by the driver for a period of time.
  3. If 1 and 2 have been tried unsuccessfully and any misconduct continues, the driver will complete a Bus Misconduct Report and forward it to the bus company transportation secretary.  The bus company transportation secretary will forward the report to the principal of the school where the student attends.  The principal will meet with the student and review the misconduct as well as contact the parents or guardian.  This first infraction may result in a verbal warning or a revocation of riding privileges for up to two (2) days.  Suspension will begin on the day following the parent notification.
  4. If the disciplinary measures taken as outlined in 3 are ineffective and the misconduct continues and a second infraction occurs, the driver will complete a Bus Misconduct Report and forward it to the bus company transportation secretary.  The bus company transportation secretary will forward the report to the principal of the school where the student attends.  The principal will meet with the student and review the misconduct, as well as contact the parents or guardian.  This second infraction will result in revocation of riding privileges for three (3) school days.  Suspension will begin on the day following parental notification.
  5. If the disciplinary measures taken as outlined in 4 are ineffective and misconduct continues, the same procedures used in 4 will follow with the exception of the duration of revocation, which in this case will be ten (10) school days.
  6. If the disciplinary measures taken as outlined in 5 are ineffective and misconduct continues, the same procedures in 5 will be followed with the exception of the duration of revocation, which in this case will be thirty (30) school days.
  7. If the disciplinary measures as outlined in 6 are ineffective and misconduct continues, the same procedures used in 6 will be followed with the exception of the duration of revocation, which in this case will be for one (1) school year.
  8. For infractions of a more serious nature, as determined by the Bus Company, and the District Administration, Steps 1-6 may be eliminated, resulting in immediate revocation for one (1) school year.
  9. The driver may, in extreme cases of a serious nature, notify the St. Croix County Sheriff and/or the Hudson Police Department, and have a student removed from the bus.  If this occurs, parents must be notified by the Transportation Company and that student is then in the jurisdiction of the police department.
  10. The driver may (in cases not as serious as #2 above) contact the Transportation Company to have a student removed from the bus or receive direction.

Date of Board Adoption: June 14, 2011

Previous Adoption/Revision:              October 8, 1996
October 13, 1992
March 12, 1991
November 13, 1990

Cross Reference: 35253525.13525.2

Statutory References: Sections 120.13 (1), 121.52 (2), Wis. Stats.

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