Bus Conduct & Safety

  • DS Bus Lines' goal is to establish safe and efficient transportation of our students to school. In order to achieve this goal, DS Bus Lines has established the following rules and guidelines for you to discuss with your children.

    Students should arrive at the bus stop five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled pick up time and be ready to board the bus. Students will be required to walk short distances to the bus stop. (Honk service is not provided) No deliberate delaying of the bus will be permitted. 

    1. Students crossing the road (loading/unloading) must stop and wait for the driver's signal, then cross the road at least 10 feet in front of the bus.  Students must never cross behind the bus.
    2. Once students board the bus, they may only exit the bus at their authorized bus stop or with permission by the administration at the school. Any change in student pick up/drop off will need to be initiated and completed through the assigned school. The school will notify the transportation office of the changes. Students needing to ride a different bus must have a bus pass from the school. 
    3. All kindergarten students must have a responsible person at the bus stop in order for them to exit the bus of the students will be taken back to their school. 
    4. Students must observe classroom conduct at all times and follow the driver's directions. Excessive noise and unnecessary conversation with the driver is prohibited. 
    5. Students and parents are liable for any damage to the bus, intentionally or unintentionally, due to unacceptable behavior from the student. Any willful damage must be compensated for before the student may resume riding privileges. 
    6. STUDENTS MUST REMAIN SEATED, FACING FORWARD AND OUT OF THE AISLES WHILE BUS IS IN MOTION OR NON-MOVING. NO BODY PARTS OUT BUS WINDOWS AT any time.
    7. NO THROWING OF OBJECTS ON THE BUS OR OUT OF THE WINDOWS AT any time.
    8. STUDENTS MUST TREAT THE DRIVER AND OTHER STUDENTS WITH RESPECT. NO VULGAR LANGUAGE, THREATS, INTIMIDATION, HARRASSMENT OR BULLYING, NO OBSCENE GESTURES, REMARKS OR LITERATURE.
    9. ABSOLUTELY NO TOBACCO PRODUCTS ALLOWED ON BUS (INCLUDING CIGARETTES, PIPES, CIGARS, VAPES, AND ANY PARAPHERNALIA).
    10. ABSOLUTELY NO EATING OR DRINKING ON BUS. (EXCEPTION; PLASTIC WATER IN A BOTTLE WITH A SCREW ON LID).
    11. NO DEAD OR LIVE ANIMALS, REPTILES, INSECTS, OR GLASS CONTAINERS ALLOWED ON BUS, NO BALLOONS OF ANY KIND ARE ALLOWED ON BUS. (except APPROVED SERVICE ANIMALS)
    12. NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND, KNIVES, GUNS, ITEMS THAT RESEMBLE A WEAPON (INCLUDING TOY WEAPONS), FIREWORKS, LASER LIGHTS. NO ALCOHOL, DRUGS.
    13. NO SKATEBOARDS, HEELIES, ROLLER SHOES, BIKES, SCOOTERS ETC.
    14. ALL BAND INSTRUMENTS, LARGE ITEMS AND SPORTS EQUIPMENT THAT CANNOT BE HANDLED OR HELD SAFELY BY THE STUDENTS, SHALL NOT BE ALLOWED ON THE BUS.
    15. ELECTRONIC DEVICES MAY BE PERMITTED AS LONG AS USE BY STUDENTS DOES NOT CAUSE A DISTRACTION TO THE DRIVER OR OTHER PASSENGERS. STUDENTS MUST FOLLOW SCHOOL MEDIA POLICY.

    STUDENTS VIOLATING THESE RULES/GUIDELINES WILL RECEIVE A CONDUCT NOTICE AND APPROPRIATE ACTION WILL BE TAKEN.

    CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATING RULES/GUIDELINES ARE BUT NOT LIMITED TO: 

    1. 1ST NOTICE GIVEN TO STUDENT FOR PARENT TO SIGN AND RETURN TO DRIVER
    2. 2ND NOTICE MAILED HOME FOR PARENT TO SIGN AND RETURN TO TRANSPORTATION OFFICE
    3. 3RD AND FUTURE NOTICES RESULT IN AT LEAST A THREE DAY SUSPENSION FROM ALL BUS SERVICES (INCLUDING ACTIVITY AND SHUTTLES) 

    SEVERE VIOLATIONS WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION (ANY OFFENSE ENDANGERING THS SAFETY OF THE STUDENTS/DRIVER:   FIGHTING, WEAPONS, VANDALISM, TOBACCO USE)