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Please review the following Bus Information with your child.

Reinforcement and support from parents will help the school district provide safe disciplined bus travel

 BUS SERVICE AND DISCIPLINE

 BUS RULES

 BUS PASS REGULATIONS

 LATE BUS

K-4

DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

5-8

DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

 KINDERGARTEN

HARASSMENT ISSUES  

BUS SERVICE AND DISCIPLINE
School bus transportation to and from school is a privilege offered to all K-8 students. Because safety is our first priority, students will have the opportunity to ride on the district's school buses as long as they display behavior that is reasonable and safe. Choosing to behave inappropriately will result in the consequences outlined below. In the event of any school bus suspension, the parents are responsible for transporting their children to and from school. Parents will be notified by telephone and/or letter for any and all infractions.

The bus driver is responsible for the safety of the students on his or her bus and for monitoring disciplinary problems with students on the bus. The School District encourages bus drivers to work with individual students to resolve behavioral problems that occur, as outlined in the BCEMS bus driver handbook. If a problem persists, the bus driver will fill out a behavioral incident report and forward the report to the Bus Coordinator. The Bus Coordinator will confer with the student and the bus driver in an effort to resolve the situation.

Kindergarten children will be released from the bus at the end of the day only to an authorized person who is present at the bus stop. Authorized persons are those who have been entered into the school computer by written permission of the parent and/or guardian. If no one is present at the bus stop, the driver will bring the kindergarten student back to school to wait for a designated person to pick up his/her child. Parents crossing the street with your children, please follow the same guidelines established for the children and wait until the driver gives you the signal that it is safe to cross.

Unless bus privileges have been suspended for disciplinary reasons, it is the expectation that all students will ride the bus to and from school. Middle school students who wish to walk or ride a bicycle, need written parental permission to do so.

A bus schedule will be published in the local newspaper, The Times Argus, during the month of August prior to the start of the school year.

Please Review The Bus Rules With Your Child. Reinforcement And Support From Parents Will Help The School District Provide Safe, Disciplined Bus Travel.

BUS RULES
Students will follow the directions of the bus driver. This includes substitute drivers.
Students will remain seated while the bus is in motion.
Students will ride in assigned seats.
Students will ride their prescribed bus route unless excused by the school administration.
Eating, drinking, and chewing gum will not be permitted on the bus.
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a proper manner while waiting at bus stops, as well as while riding the bus. Yelling, loud talk, and abusive language will not be permitted. Our motto: "A Quiet Bus is a Safe Bus".
Students will behave in an orderly manner for pick-up and discharge. Reminder: Students should be at their bus stops at least five minutes before their scheduled pick up.
Students will not put any objects out the bus windows (including arms, legs, and feet) and carry-on items must be kept out of the aisles.
Each student will notify the bus driver of an injury sustained while on the bus route.
Any student who repeatedly breaks the bus rules will be denied the privilege to ride.
The school bus operator shall not transport any animals, fire-arms, explosives, or anything of a dangerous nature.
Personal tape recorders, CD's, MP3's, video games, pagers, cell phones, I--Pods, and other similar equipment are not permitted on the bus or in school. The school or bus company can not be responsible for damages or loss of these items.

BUS PASS REGULATIONS
NOTE: For your child's protection, all bus change requests need to be in writing or faxed to the office at 476- 1492.
" A parent's written permission is required for his or her child to ride a different bus to and/or from school. Any change from normal routine such as staying after school for an extracurricular activity, or going to a friend's house, requires written permission. The permission note is to be given to the teacher, not the bus driver, who will send the information and note to the office. Due to limited space available on some of the buses, seats will be reserved on a first-come first-served basis. These requests should only affect an individual student. Birthday parties or other events which involve many children cannot be honored.
" A parent's written permission is required if the parent wants his or her child to get off at a different stop. These notes are also directed to the office.
" In certain instances, students may need a bus pass over a period of time, e.g. for music lessons or staying for student council or sports. The parent may request a permanent pass for that period of time from the office, to avoid having to write a note each week.
" Parents may ride the buses to and/or from school as long as there is space available and after they have received permission from the school office. Bus routes and stops cannot be altered to accommodate parent riders.
" 5-8 students who wish to walk must have written permission from their parents on file in the office. K-4 students are expected to either ride the bus or be picked up by a responsible adult.

LATE BUS
The late bus leaves at 4:00 p.m. and stops at each of the old neighborhood schools, Highgate, and Green Acres. Parents are responsible for transporting students home from there. This bus is for students involved in school approved activities only.

Bus Stop Fighting

The school is only responsible for the student once they board the bus. Fighting and other incidents that occur at the bus stop are a community issue. In sever cases the parents need to call the police.

As an incentive to encourage safe and appropriate behavior, any student who has not received a bus report for misbehaving on Levels 2 and 3 for 45 days (after the consequence has been completed) will be rewarded by dropping one step in the consequence column.

Depending on the severity of any incidents, the Principal has the responsibility and authority to modify consequences. 

Kindergarten students will be released from the bus at the end of their day only if a designated, responsible adult is present at the bus stop. If no one is present at the bus stop, the driver will call the school, then when directed, bring the child back.

BUS CAMERAS
Video/Audio cameras are mounted on the front of each bus to monitor student behavior. Due to confidentiality issues, only authorized school and bus company personnel may view these videotapes.

 In some instances, depending upon the severity of the behavior, suspension of the privilege to ride the bus may carry over into the next school year.

 

B.C.E.M.S. BUS DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

GRADE K-4

LEVEL 1
Level 1 infractions include, but are not limited to, extremely serious offenses such as harassment, hate crimes, threats to harm others with an item construed as a weapon, possession of a weapon, possession of an illegal substance and assault. A level one infraction will be dealt with in accordance with State and Federal Law and/or existing school policies. An infraction of this type may result in immediate and permanent suspension of bus privileges.

LEVEL 2
Behaviors that constitute a serious health and safety risk to bus passengers and driver may include but are not limited to:
Fighting
Defiance/rudeness toward the bus driver
Bus damage (families will be billed)
Getting off the bus at unauthorized bus stop without a pass
Throwing objects that endanger the safety of others
Hands, etc. outside the window
Having to be removed from the bus when the bus is on its route

Consequences of Level 1 or 2- Grades K-4
1st Incident: Loss of bus privileges for 2 days. Before bus privileges are restored, the offending student will write a plan detailing the rule broken, the reasons for the rule and how s/he can avoid breaking the rule in the future. A parent must sign the plan and return it to the bus coordinator. Letter and/or phone call home.

2nd Incident: Loss of bus privileges for 5 days. Before bus privileges are restored, the offending student will write a plan detailing the rule broken, the reasons for the rule and how s/he can avoid breaking the rule in the future. A parent must sign the plan and return it to the bus coordinator. Letter and/or phone call home.

3rd Incident: Hearing with principal, bus coordinator, and parent to discuss the incident and to determine the consequences which may be a loss of bus privileges for up to 45 days.


LEVEL 3
Behaviors that constitute disrespect or disruption to a positive and safe climate on the school bus may include but are not limited to:
Pushing and shoving
Name calling
Not seated properly
Loud voices
Eating, drinking, or chewing gum (dangerous objects in mouth may become a Level 2)
Not in assigned seat
Tossing objects across seats/aisle
Taking of personal items from another student

Consequences of Level 3- Grades K-4
1st Incident: Loss of one recess. Student will write a plan detailing the rule broken, the reasons for the rule, and how s/he can avoid breaking the rule in the future. A parent must sign the plan and return it to the Bus Coordinator. Letter and/or phone call home.

2nd Incident: Loss of two recesses. Student will again write a plan detailing the rule broken, the reasons for the rule, and how s/he can avoid breaking the rule in the future. A parent must sign the plan and return it to the Bus Coordinator. Letter and/or phone call home.

3rd Incident: Loss of bus privileges for 2 days. Before bus privileges are restored, the offending student will write a plan detailing the rule broken, the reasons for the rule and how s/he can avoid breaking the rule in the future. A parent must sign the plan and return it to the bus coordinator. Letter and/or phone call home.

4th Incident: Hearing with principal, bus coordinator, and parent to discuss incident and to determine consequences which may be a loss of bus privileges for up to 45 days or suspension of bus privileges for remainder of the school year.


B.C.E.M.S. Bus Discipline Procedures

Grades 5-8

LEVEL 1
Level 1 infractions include, but are not limited to, extremely serious offenses such as harassment, hate crimes, threats to harm others with an item construed as a weapon, possession of a weapon, possession of an illegal substance and assault. A level one infraction will be dealt with in accordance with State and Federal Law and/or existing school policies. An infraction of this type may result in immediate and permanent suspension of bus privileges.

LEVEL 2
Behaviors that constitute a serious health and safety risk to bus passengers and driver may include but are not limited to:
Fighting
Defiance/rudeness toward the bus driver
Bus damage (families will be billed)
Getting off the bus at unauthorized bus stop without a pass
Throwing objects that endanger the safety of others
Hands, etc. outside the window
Having to be removed from the bus when the bus is on its route

Consequences - Grades 5-8
1st Incident: Loss of bus privileges for 5 days. Before bus privileges are restored, the offending student will write a plan detailing the rule broken, the reasons for the rule and how s/he can avoid breaking the rule in the future. A parent must sign the plan and return it to the bus coordinator. Letter and/or phone call home.

2nd Incident: Loss of bus privileges for 10 days. Before bus privileges are restored, the offending student will write a plan detailing the rule broken, the reasons for the rule and how s/he can avoid breaking the rule in the future. A parent must sign the plan and return it to the bus coordinator. Letter and/or phone call home.

3rd Incident: Hearing with principal, bus coordinator, and parent to discuss incident and to determine consequences, which may be a loss of bus privileges for up to 45 days or suspension of bus privileges for the remainder of the school year.

LEVEL 3
Behaviors that constitute disrespect or disruption to a positive and safe climate on the school bus may include but are not limited to:
Pushing and shoving
Name calling
Not seated properly
Loud voices
Eating, drinking, or chewing gum (dangerous objects in mouth may become a Level 2)
Not in assigned seat
Tossing objects across seats/aisle
Taking of personal items from another student

Consequences - Grades 5-8
1st Incident: Written warning. Student will write a plan detailing the rule broken, the reasons for the rule, and how s/he can avoid breaking the rule in the future. A parent must sign the plan and return it to the Bus Coordinator. Letter and/or phone call home.

2nd Incident: Loss of bus privileges for 2 days. Before bus privileges are restored, the offending student will write a plan detailing the rule broken, the reasons for the rule and how s/he can avoid breaking the rule in the future. A parent must sign the plan and return it to the bus coordinator. Letter and/or phone call home.

3rd Incident: Loss of bus privileges for 5 days. Before bus privileges are restored, the offending student will write a plan detailing the rule broken, the reasons for the rule and how s/he can avoid breaking the rule in the future. A parent must sign the plan and return it to the bus coordinator. Letter and/or phone call home.

4th Incident: Hearing with principal, bus coordinator, and parent to discuss incident and to determine consequences which may be a loss of bus privileges for up to 45 days or suspension of bus privileges for remainder of the school year.

 Harassment issues will be handled on a case by case basis.
In accordance with School Policy, student will meet with Bus Coordinator and/or School Counselor. Consequences will be determined by the severity of the incident and after consultation with the Principal. The consequences may include: a warning, missed recess(es), and/or suspension from the bus and/or school.

DEFINITION OF HAZING

“Hazing” means any act committed by a person, whether individually or in concert with others, against a student in connection with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization which is affiliated with the District; and which is intended to have the effect of, or should reasonably be expected to have the effect of, humiliating, intimidating or demeaning the student or endangering the mental or physical health of the student.  “Hazing” also includes soliciting, directing, aiding, or otherwise participating actively or passively in the above acts.  Hazing may occur on or off school grounds, subject to this policy.

It is the policy of the Barre Supervisory Union School District that all its schools provide safe, orderly, civil and positive learning environments.  Hazing is unlawful and has no place in the District’s schools and will not be tolerated.