Vision Transportation and ISD 728 are committed to maintaining a safe, respectful environment while transporting all students to and from school. All students are expected to show respect toward the bus driver, fellow students, and property. Harassment in any form will not be tolerated. Every student, public, non-public and charter, regardless of age, is responsible for following the rules in the grade appropriate ISD 728 Student Handbook and the rules outlined in this guide. Due to time and safety concerns, parents/guardians are not allowed on the bus.
Getting to the bus stop safely
When going to the bus stop, students are expected to:
- Use the sidewalk where one is provided.
- Walk on the left shoulder of the street or roadway facing traffic, single file or no more than two abreast when there are no sidewalks.
- Be dressed accordingly. In winter, students should be dressed in warm winter clothing, hats, mittens and boots.
Please remember, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian or daycare provider to escort students to and from the bus stop.
Safety at the bus stop
At the bus stop, students are expected to:
- Arrive five minutes before their scheduled pick-up time.
- Be cooperative and respectful of property (parents are responsible for their child’s behavior at the bus stop).
- Stay a safe distance back from the curb and wait for the bus to come to a complete stop.
- Never accept rides from strangers, even though the student may have missed the bus.
- Refrain from standing or playing on snow piles at the bus stop during winter. Students playing on snow piles could slide into the street into the path of oncoming traffic.
We urge parents and daycare providers to supervise students at the bus stops. Unsupervised students are the cause of many bus stop problems and complaints.
Boarding the bus safely
When boarding the bus, students are expected to:
- Remain on the side of the street they reside on. If students must cross the street, they should walk 10 steps in front of the bus.
- Stop, look at the bus driver, and wait until the driver gives a hand signal to cross; then look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
- Walk quickly across the street without stopping, turning back, or running.
- Enter in an orderly manner using the handrails; no pushing, shoving, or crowding.
- Use the handrail to prevent slipping on icy steps or road surfaces during the winter.
Safe behavior on the bus
On the bus, students are expected to:
- Take a seat promptly, remain seated, and avoid moving around while the bus is in motion. Seating charts may be used for safety and to assist the driver.
- Remain on the bus until they have reached their school or designated stop.
- Follow the instructions of the driver and/or assistant promptly and respectfully.
- Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself; no pushing, shoving or horseplay.
- Not put head, arms, feet or any object out of the window.
- Respect the vehicle (students will be charged for damage/vandalism to the bus).
- Transport only items that fit on a student’s lap.
- Not handle any of the bus safety equipment, unless directed by driver (first aid kit, reflectorized triangles and the emergency door/window latches are for emergency use only).
- Not bring weapons, flammable materials or any other dangerous or objectionable items on the bus.
- Not fight, use abusive language/gestures.
- Not light incendiary devices or use tobacco, a tobacco-related device, or electronic cigarette.
- Not throw, flip or propel objects on the bus or out the windows.
- Not eat or drink on the bus.
- Not bring live animals on the bus.
- Use electronic devices without sound or with the use of headphones/earbuds. We strongly encourage students to keep the volume low enough to be able to hear any announcements or emergency signals during travel.
- Be aware that taking, posting, sending, and receiving explicit photos or videos may result in disciplinary action. This includes language or images that advocate violence, or discrimination towards other people, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks that may constitute harassment, bullying or intimidation.
Leaving the bus safely
When leaving the bus, students are expected to:
- Remain seated until the bus has completely stopped and then exit without pushing or crowding.
- Use the handrail when leaving the bus.
- Move away from the bus after stepping onto the curb.
- If students must cross the street, they should walk 10 feet ahead of the bus. Stop, look at the bus driver and wait until the driver gives a hand signal to cross; then look left, right and left again before proceeding. Walk quickly across the street, without stopping, turning back or running.
- Use the handrail to prevent slipping on icy steps or road surfaces, especially during the winter months.
Avoid the danger zone
Please remind your children they must never try to retrieve books or papers from around or underneath the bus. We suggest children keep all papers and articles in a backpack.
Minnesota Statute 121A.59, Bus Transportation is a Privilege Not a Right
Transportation by school bus is a privilege, not a right, for an eligible student. A student’s eligibility to ride a school bus may be revoked for a violation of school bus safety or conduct policies, or for violation of any other law governing student conduct on a school bus, pursuant to a written school district discipline policy. Revocation of a student’s bus riding privilege is not an exclusion, expulsion, or suspension under the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act. Revocation procedures for a student who is an individual with a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, United States Code, title 20, section 1400 et seq., section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, United States Code, title 29, section 794, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Public Law 101-336, are governed by these provisions.
All students, public, non-public and charter, are expected to behave in accordance with federal, state and local laws and rules, and with District and school policies and regulations, and in a way that respects the rights and safety of others. Corrective action to discipline a student and/or to modify a student’s behavior will be taken by staff when a student’s behavior does not fall within these parameters.
School district policies on bus safety and discipline is available on the district website. The policy, rules and guidelines are reviewed each year and are handed out by the bus drivers. Please review these safety and discipline rules with your students. A number of our buses are equipped with a video camera which records video and audio to monitor student behavior and to be valuable for resolving student behavior issues.
Be a good neighbor
Students are expected to respect neighbors’ property as they go to or from the bus stop or wait for the bus. Good neighbors do not:
- Walk on lawns.
- Pick flowers or other plants from lawns or gardens.
- Throw stones, snowballs or other objects.
- Leave objects lying across curbs or sidewalks where they might trip other students or adults.
- Climb trees, fences, or retaining walls.