School bus drivers exercise the ultimate authority regarding school bus operations and student safety on school buses. School bus drivers will report instances of bus-related student misconduct to school administrators, who are responsible for disciplining students who engage in bus-related misconduct. To maintain optimal bus operation and student safety, school bus drivers are authorized to assign designated seating to any bus-riding student.
For the safety of all students who ride the bus, students are expected to obey the following rules:
1. Students must use only the bus and the bus stop assigned to them.
2. Students may not enter or leave the bus at any place except the student's regular bus stop or school unless the student has a note from home that has been approved by the principal or assistant principal.
3. Students who must change buses at any school must follow the rules of that school.
4. Students must stay in their seats while the bus is in motion. Students may not reserve seats.
5. Students must keep the center aisle of the bus clear at all times. Items such as book bags must not block the center aisle.
6. Students must obey all bus safety rules and the directions of their bus driver
7. Students are not allowed to transport balloons, flowers, glass containers, or animals (dead or alive, including insects) on the bus.
8. Students are not allowed to consume food or drink on the bus.
9. Students must not litter the inside of the bus, throw anything out of the window, or cause damage to the bus.
10. Students must obey all rules listed in the Code of Conduct section of the K-12 Student & Parent Handbook while riding a school bus.
In addition to the rules listed above, Georgia law prohibits students from committing the following acts while riding a school bus:
1. Acts of physical violence.
3. Physical assault or battery of persons on the bus.
4. Verbal assault of persons on the bus.
5. Disrespectful conduct toward the bus driver or other persons on the bus.
6. Unruly behavior.
7. Using any electronic devices during the operation of a bus, including but not limited to, cell phones, pagers, audible radios, tape or compact disc players without headphones, or any other electronic device in a manner that might interfere with bus communications equipment or the driver"s operation of the bus.
8. Using mirrors, lasers, flash cameras, or any other lights or reflective devices in a manner that might interfere with the driver's operation of the bus.
9. Students must maintain silence at all railroad crossings until the driver has crossed and gives the all-clear.
Any violation of the Code of Conduct occurring on any bus may have consequences of being suspended from riding on the bus in addition to any other discipline consequences set forth in the Code of Conduct.
Fighting on a school bus is among the most serious offenses committed by students. Students who fight endanger themselves and everyone riding the bus by causing the bus driver's attention to be diverted. Fighting on a school bus may result in immediate suspension from the bus and/or from school with no prior warning or prior disciplinary action being taken.
Video/audio recorders are placed on school buses for the purpose of aiding supervision. Video/audio recordings may be used as evidence that misbehavior has taken place.
School administrators will follow the Code of Conduct as outlined in the K-12 Student & Parent Handbook for Henry County Schools.