Las Virgenes Unified School District SCHOOL AND SHUTTLE BUS RULES
School Bus Rules
- Students must present a physical bus pass every time in order to board the bus or they will be denied transportation. (Screen shots on phones are not acceptable.)
- Students should arrive at the bus stop five (5) minutes before the school bus arrives. For safety purposes, students should not arrive at the bus stop no more than ten minutes before pick-up time.
- If students are being driven to the bus stop, parents should park on the same side of the roadway as the bus, leaving enough room so the bus can pull in safely.
- Students should wait for the bus to come to a complete stop, and let the driver open the doors before approaching the bus.
- Students should use the handrail when entering and exiting the bus to keep their balance. Students should not jump to the curb, but should step onto the pavement or ground.
- When exiting the bus, students should allow passengers closest to the front of the bus to exit first, and then students should immediately move away from the bus doors.
- Students must stay out of the bus's "Danger Zone" - anywhere within twelve feet of the bus. Students should not try to retrieve anything left on the bus after they have already gotten off or pick up anything they drop underneath the bus. Things can be replaced…children can't.
- Students must always follow the driver's directions about how to cross the street. Students should make sure the bus driver sees them and that they can see the driver. Be alert to traffic, stop at the edge of the bus, look left-right-left before crossing the street. Always walk in front of the bus.
- Students must stay in their seats and the use of seatbelts is required at all times. Students should remain seated until the bus has come to a complete stop.
- Students must keep their heads, hands, and feet inside the bus. Students should never reach back into the bus through an open window.
- Students should be courteous at all times, take direction and cooperate with the driver. Talking should be in a low conversational tone.
- Students shall not use vulgar or profane language on the bus.
- Students may not throw objects inside the bus or out of the windows, or create any unnecessary noise or commotion.
- No smoking or vaping allowed. No intoxicating liquor or drugs are allowed on the bus.
- No eating or drinking on the bus, except water, is permitted.
- Students should keep the bus clean.
- Students should never be destructive.
- No animals shall be allowed on the bus, except trained seeing-eye dogs.
- Use of another student's bus pass will result in suspension of bus privileges for the owner of the bus pass, and the student using the pass.
- Personal electronic devices may be used at student’s own risk and responsibility as volume is off or earbuds are used. Any violation will result in a one-day suspension from riding the bus.
Kindergarten and First Grade Students
Kindergarten and 1st grade students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to the AM stop and met in the afternoon at the PM stop unless the student(s) are with their older sibling(s). If Kindergarten and 1st grade students are not met in the afternoon and are not accompanied by an older sibling, the bus driver will continue the route with the K-1 student. Upon completion of the route, the bus driver will return the student to the school site and the parent/guardian will be notified. The person receiving the student shall make their presence visible to the bus driver promptly.
For safety reasons, the following incidents will result in immediate revocation of transportation privileges and may result in suspension from school:
- Fighting at a bus stop or on a bus
- Actions which endanger the safety of any person either at a bus stop or on the bus
- Damage to property at a bus stop or on the bus
- Tampering with controls, emergency equipment, or exits
- Three or more written conduct/incident reports
Please note: Riding the school bus is a privilege that you are paying for.
In order to help ensure everyone's safety, video cameras are used to monitor student behavior. The District believes that a partnership among the parents, the transportation provider and the district administration is critical to insure student safety, and on time service. The District hopes that you will help us help your child by ensuring they understand what behavior is expected of them while riding the bus.