Bus Conduct Code

Bus Conduct

Bus transportation is a privilege extended only to students who display good conduct while preparing to ride, riding or leaving the bus. Continued disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the authority of the driver shall be sufficient reason for a student to be denied transportation. When possible the principal or designee shall confer with the parent(s) prior to the student's loss of privilege for a K-8 student and when possible for a Grade 9 - 12 student.

The Superintendent or designee shall establish regulations related to bus conduct, bus driver authority, and the suspension of riding privileges. The Governing Board shall make these rules available to parents/guardians and students, GUSD school personnel and other interested parties. (Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 14103)

Video cameras may be used on school buses to monitor student behavior while traveling to and from school and school activities. The Board believes that such monitoring will deter misconduct and help to ensure the safety of students and staff. Students found to be in violation of the district's bus conduct rules shall be subject to discipline in accordance with district policy and regulations. At the discretion of the Superintendent or designee, school bus video recordings also may be used to resolve complaints by students and/or parents/guardians and to help employees maintain discipline.

Authority of the Driver

Pupils transported in a school bus or in a school pupil activity bus shall be under the authority of, and directly responsible to, the driver of the bus. The driver of the bus shall be held responsible for the orderly conduct of the pupils while they are on the bus or at regular bus stops, while they can be observed by the driver and/or while they are being escorted across the street, highway or road. Continued disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the authority of the driver shall be sufficient reason for a pupil to be denied transportation. A bus driver shall not require any pupil to leave the bus enroute between home and school or other destinations. (Ref: CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5 14103)

 

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

35160 Authority of governing boards

39800 Transportation

44808 Duty to supervise conduct of students

48918 Expulsion procedures

49061 Definition of student records

49073-49079 Privacy of student records