Conduct and Guidelines on the Bus
Conduct On The Bus
A. Obey the bus driver.
B. Do not disturb the bus driver while he/she is driving.
C. Boys and girls will be seated separately unless otherwise directed by the bus driver.
D. Stay in your seat and do not change seats unless so directed by the driver – and then only if the bus is stopped.
E. Sit down while the bus is in motion.
F. Keep voices low. Avoid shouting or whistling.
G. No bullying, “rough housing”, pushing, fighting, throwing things, or profane or abusive language.
H. Do not open or close windows of the bus without the driver’s permission.
I. Keep all body parts inside the bus.
J. Help keep the bus clean, sanitary, and orderly. Never tamper with the bus or any of its equipment. Willful damage or destruction of any part of the bus is prohibited and any such damage must be paid for by the student or parent.
K. A student shall not operate the door nor stand in the driver’s compartment.
L. All student bus riders must be “Back to back and seat to seat” while the bus is in motion.
Physical Violence Guidelines
Students are being prohibited from acts of physical violence, bullying, physical assault or battery, verbal assault, and disrespectful conduct toward the driver or other persons on the school bus. Georgia law defines physical violence as
(1) intentionally making physical contact with another that is of an insulting or provoking nature.
(2) intentionally making physical contact which causes physical harm to another.
Georgia law also mandates that students found by a tribunal to have committed an act of physical violence against a teacher, bus driver, school official, or school employee involving intentional physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature shall be disciplined by expulsion, long-term suspension, or short-term suspension.
If intentional physical violence against one of the above employees causes physical harm (unless in self-defense), the student shall be expelled from the public school system for the remainder of the student’s eligibility to attend public school and referred to juvenile court. Students in kindergarten through grade eight who commit the above acts may, on the recommendation of the tribunal and at the discretion of the school system, be permitted to re-enroll in the regular public school program for grades nine through twelve.