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Note to Parents

 

Note to Parents: 

Our mission is to provide Safe, Reliable, and Efficient transportation for your children.

There are many people working to this end and we invite you to assist us by reviewing the “Standards for Conduct” and “Transportation Safety Rules” with your children.

For the safety of the children, we ask that parents do not approach or board a school bus. If you need your child from a bus contact the transportation or school office staff. Also, please be advised that deviations must have prior approval.  (See Deviation Approval Procedures)

Thank you for your assistance and support. 

Respectfully,

 

 Mr. Clyde Southwick, Director

 

Student Conduct
Standards for School Bus/Stop Conduct:

Riding a school bus is a privilege for students who exercise good conduct. Students are expected to follow the same behavioral standards while riding school district vehicles as are expected on school property, or at school activities, and in addition, specific transportation safety rules. All school district rules are in effect while a student is riding a school bus, or at a school bus stop.

Teach your children to show respect; to the property owners at bus stop locations, to school property, to the Bus Driver by promptly following all driver instructions, to all other students and school staff by being polite and courteous, and that their language and actions are to be G-Rated, as there will be young children present.

Instruct your children to be ready; at their bus stop before the appointed time and follow safe boarding procedures and to wait for hand signals from the driver. Also, be ready and have all their belongings gathered together when it is time for them to get off the bus at school and home.

Train your children to act responsibly and insure their safety and the safety of others by, not distracting the driver with unnecessary noise or movement.  Student must sit and facing forward, where they can be protected by the padded back in front of them will protect them in the event of an accident. Also, instruct them to keep the isle clear for safe passage.

Encourage your student(s) to report unsafe conduct and inappropriate behavior to an adult, i.e. the bus driver, school staff, or parents.

Cell phone ringers must be turned off, set to vibrate, and usage is prohibited without the Driver’s permission.

Parents must contact the transportation office to obtain emergency approval for their student to board, or be dropped off, at any location other than their regular stop.

 

Prohibited Items:

Glass, bulky item that cannot be safely held in the student’s lap, pets, food & drink, weapons (including toy versions), illegal substances, etc.

Safety Rules

Transportation Safety Rules

Waiting for the Bus

      Stay off of public roadways
      Respect private property
      Avoid roughhousing and horseplay
      Be safe by being alert to dangers.
      Line up 20 feet away from the street or roadway as the school bus approaches.
      Be at your Bus Stop 5 minutes prior to the schedule pick up time.

Getting on the school bus

      Wait for the bus driver to signal that it is safe to approach the bus and then approach the bus in a safe and orderly manner.
      Use the handrail(s) when entering the bus.
      Front seat load, sit in the first available seat.

Behavior on the bus

      Maintain a safe seated position; sitting and facing forward.
      When speaking to others use an inside voice.
      Keep your head, arms or hands inside the window.
      Keep the aisle clear of; legs, books, bags and instruments are hazards and block safe passage.
      Before your stop, gather all your belongings and prepare to exit.
 

Getting off the school bus

      At your stop, wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before standing, walk in an orderly manner to the front door, and exit using the handrail.
      If you need to cross the street, do so in front of the bus. Stay on the side of the roadway and walk at least ten feet ahead of the bus, then stop, turn and make eye contact with the bus driver.
      Stay 12 feet away from the bus at all times.

Safely crossing streets

      Wait for and follow the bus driver signal(s) that it is safe before crossing.
      Follow the driver's hand signals, walk directly across the road, and keep an eye out for sudden traffic changes.
      After the driver signals that it is safe to cross, look left, look right, and then left again before crossing.
      When the student’s vision is blocked by the bus or other obstacle, they should watch for the driver's to signal that it is safe to proceed -- then stop, look left-right-and left again.
Bus Stop Guidelines

Guidelines for Bus Stop Locations

Transportation to and from school shall be furnished to students who live more than one and one-half (1.5) miles from the school to which they have been assigned. 

Routes shall be established so that no bus stop, for otherwise eligible students, shall be more than one and one-half (1.5) miles from a student’s driveway.

These distances are determined by the nearest and best route from the junction of the driveway of the student’s home and the nearest public road, to the nearest door of the schoolhouse, or bus stop, he/she is assigned, as the case may be.

Between bus stops, the minimum distance must be sufficient to properly signal and warn traffic that the school bus will be making a stop.

Non-Transportation Zones: Areas designated by the School District Board of Directors to be impractical by reason of; sparsity of students, remoteness, or condition of roads, to serve established routes. School buses shall not be required to travel any road not maintained as a part of a highway district, county, state or federal highway system, or by the state or national forest service. 

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504 N 3500 E
Lewisville, ID  83431
Phone:  (208) 754-8211
Fax:  (208) 754-8213
 
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Deviations
 Deviation Approval Procedures     

Permanent deviations:

Definition: This is a daily and on-going change to a student’s pick-up and or drop-off location because there will not be a responsible party at home.

·         Deviations must be re-submitted every school year.

·         The Deviation Form must be completed and approved before the student is able to ride the school bus from/to an established bus stop.

·         Approval for deviations may take up to 5 working days.

·         The deviation must occur 5 days a week and must be on-going.

·         Parents are responsible for arranging transportation changes on other days.

·         Please call to cancel deviations.

Temporary deviations:

Definition: Temporary and essential changes to a student’s pick-up and or drop-off location because there will not be a responsible party at home.

·         Temporary deviations must be approved by the Transportation office.

·         Please call in no later than 1:30 p.m. for approval.

·         When the deviation is along the same route, a note from a parent to bus driver or contacting the Transportation office is mandatory.

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