School buses are operated by Petermann Bus and their
office number is 972-563-3939. Surveillance cameras are
used on selected Petermann buses to ensure student and
The Bus Driver has the same authority over the child as a
The bus driver is charged with the responsibility of
maintaining discipline. He shall report violations to the
school principal. Parents should encourage their children
to behave and sit down at all times while riding the bus.
General Bus Rules
1. Obey the instructions of the bus driver. At no time
will a student act toward or address comments to the bus
driver in a disrespectful manner or refuse to cooperate
with the driver.
2. Board and leave the bus at designated stops only.
3. Only students who are eligible to ride may be
transported. Students must ride their assigned bus.
4. Do not ask to ride home on another bus with a friend
without a note from home.
5. It is the responsibility of the parents to provide
transportation to school if a child misses the bus.
6. If you do not ride for three days, you must call the
transportation office, 972-563-3939, or the bus may not
come by again until contacted.
Procedures for Waiting for the Bus
1. Be at your bus stop five minutes before scheduled
pickup time. The driver will not wait or honk.
2. Stand on the sidewalk or back from the roadway while
waiting for the bus.
3. When the bus approaches, form a line and be prepared to
4. Stand clear of the bus until it comes to a complete
stop, and until red loading lights come on.
5. Parents should instruct their children on what
procedures to follow if the bus is missed.
6. Students will abide by the individual schools rules and
regulations concerning bus students, including conduct and
Loading the Bus
1. Do not push or shove.
2. Use the handrail and steps. Carry large bags and
objects in front of you.
3. Go to your assigned seat. The bus will not move until
all students are seated.
4. Students will sit in their assigned seats at all times.
Conduct on the Bus
1. Remain seated while the bus is moving. Each student
will be expected to remain seated for the duration of the
trip, and remain seated until the bus door opens.
2. Do not change seats. The driver is required to assign
3. A student shall not refuse to sit in an assigned seat
or deny another a place to sit.
4. Normal conversation is permitted; any loud noises may
distract the driver and create an unsafe condition.
5. Scuffling, fighting, and the use of obscene, or vulgar
or profane language and gestures are forbidden.
6. Do not throw objects inside or out of the bus.
Vandalism costs will be paid by the person who is
7. The emergency door and exit controls should be used by
pupils only during supervised drills or actual
8. Students will never attempt to sit in the drivers seat
or operate the passenger door or other driver controls
except in cases of extreme emergency.
9. Students shall face forward for the duration of the
trip, and shall keep their feet on the floor in front of
them and out of the bus aisle. Keep all body parts inside
the bus and to yourself.
Getting Off the Bus
1. Stay seated until the bus is completely stopped.
2. Use the handrail and take one step at a time when
leaving the bus.
3. Wait for your turn to leave the bus; pushing and
crowding will only slow exiting and may cause an accident.
4. You must use your assigned stop at all times (A.M. and
5. Stay clear of the bus when unloading. Do not chase or
hang on to the bus at any time.
6. If any article drops or rolls near or under the bus, do
not go after it. Go to the door of the bus and ask the
driver for help.
Crossing the Highway or Street
1. All students living on the left side of the roadway
shall exit the bus and move to a point 10 to 15 feet in
front of the right bumper and wait for the driver to
signal you that it is safe to cross.
2. Check in both directions and walk directly across the
3. Never cross behind the bus.
4. CAUTION! Be alert for the vehicles that do not stop
when the bus is loading or unloading students.
5. Cross all streets at intersections. Obey all traffic
signals and signs on your way home.
Accidents or Emergencies
1. Follow the drivers instructions.
2. If you must leave the bus, stay in a group.
a. The student nearest the door will open the door and
hold it open.
b. Leave the bus in a single file line as quietly as
c. Evacuation will start with the seat closest to the
d. Once outside the bus, follow the drivers instructions
1. Bus rider rules apply to all school-sponsored events.
2. Discipline will be the responsibility of the building
principal and the trip sponsor.
3. The bus must return clean when returning from the trip.
1. Tobacco, alcohol, and glass containers. The eating of
food and candy is prohibited on the bus. (The chewing of
gum is also prohibited.)
2. Live animals or insects.
3. Weapons, explosive devices, matches or cigarette
lighters, harmful drugs or chemicals.
4. Any object (musical instrument, shop project) too large
to be carried by the student. All other items must be kept
on the students lap at all times.
5. Radios and tape players, skateboards and beepers.
The school bus is an extension of the classroom, and
discipline will be administered by the principal with
assistance from the bus driver. All school board policies
that apply to student conduct and other school related
activities apply also to the school bus.
It's really not a complicated system. In simple terms: 3
minor infractions (written) equal a major infraction. In
the case of a major infraction, the students riding
privileges may be suspended for a period of time.
The following is an outline of the Bus Discipline
Step 1: The driver will inform the student of the program.
The student will be given verbal warnings for misconduct.
Every effort will be made to solve the problems prior to
reporting the student to the principal.
Step 2: The uniform disciplinary action will be:
a. First Minor Infraction - Driver will attempt to contact
parent in an effort to correct the situation. (This is the
first time a student is written up - He/She has had
previous verbal warnings.)
b. Second Minor Infraction - School administrators will
follow the normal student discipline management plan.
c. Third Minor Infraction - First Major Infraction - The
student may be suspended from riding the bus for three
days or the principal's discretion of an alternative
d. Second Major Infraction - The student may be suspended
from riding the bus for a period of time (three more minor
infractions will equal another major infractions).
e. Third Major Infraction - The student may be suspended
for the remainder of the semester. (If this occurs during
the last six weeks of a semester, it may be extended to
the end of the following semester.)
The building administrator has the authority to skip steps
for serious violations, or to repeat them if the
misconduct is not a serious safety violation.
Included, but not limited to:
1. Talking loudly or yelling.
2. Throwing objects (paper, items that distract - non
3. Leaving paper or other debris on the bus.
4. Using profanity or making offensive remarks or
5. Not meeting the bus promptly.
6. Bothering (poking, pushing, etc.) other bus riders.
7. Not following the bus drivers directions.
8. Putting arms, hand or heads outside the windows.
9. Not obeying the rules at the loading area.
1. Accumulating three minor infractions.
2. Using or possessing alcohol, tobacco, drugs or
3. Deliberately disregarding safety of passengers and
4. Vandalizing the bus.
5. Possessing firearms or other dangerous objects.
6. Throwing harmful objects (rocks, books, etc.).
If you should need information regarding school bus routes
or schedules, please call Petermann Bus at 972-563-3939.