Bus Rules Defined
Bus rules defined
To assist in eliminating confusion regarding bus rules for school-sponsored trips and regular routes, the following information is provided.
Riders are EXPECTED to assist district staff in ensuring buses and other district vehicles remain in good condition and that transportation is safely provided. When riding in district vehicles, including buses, students are held to behavioral standards published in the Student Code of Conduct, on the right-hand side of the page under "Important Links/Documents". Riders MUST:
- Follow the driver's directions at all times. Drivers operate their route bus on a schedule in the mornings and try to get their riders home safely, as soon as possible in the afternoon. By following the driver directions, the riders will be transported as safely and quickly as possible. Our goal is to get riders to school or to home within 45 minutes of the time they board the bus. Not all routes will achieve this goal, but the majority of riders only ride 20-25 minutes, either way.
- Enter and leave the vehicle in an orderly manner. Pushing or shoving riders can result in disastrous consequences. While seat bottoms and backs are padded with foam rubber inserts, the frame at the floor level are simply metal tubes. Falling into the aisle could result in someone hitting their head or face on the metal tubes. Riders should enter the vehicle and go to their seat as quickly as possible. When exiting, riders should wait for those in front of them to start to exit before attempting to move through the aisle. Common courtesy goes a long way in making this a safe practice.
- Keep feet, books, instrument cases, and other objects out of the aisle. The aisle must be kept clear so the driver can use their inside mirror to see out the emergency exit in the back of the bus. Additionally, instrument cases, book bags, etc. need to be transported in the passenger lap or under the seat. Large objects (tubas, drums, mascot costume containers, etc.) which cannot fit through the front service door, or on a passenger lap or under a seat, are prohibited. Riders are authorized one seat, so packages, backpacks, cases, etc. must either be held in the passengers lap or fit under their seat.
- Keep head, hands, arms and legs inside the vehicle. Bus windows do not have padded frames and the latches are delicate. When someone puts their head, hand, arm or a leg out the window, the square edge of the window and frame may cause injury. If someone leans out the window, they put pressure on the lower pane, causing the window to become bent and not close correctly. The latches are made of plastic and the dry atmosphere of Grape Creek has a tendency to make the latches brittle. When they break, the window may not operate properly presenting a safety issue in the event of an emergency.
- Do not throw objects inside or out of the vehicle. Throwing objects as simple as a paper wad could hit another rider in the eye or cause them to make an abrupt movement to avoid being hit, and end up banging their head or body part on a solid object in the bus. Throwing objects out of the vehicle is simply littering.
- Observe all USUAL classroom rules. Riders wouldn't stand up in class and yell across the room. Everyone (including the driver) will look when a loud noise is made. If this is the driver going down the road, nobody is looking out the front window to avoid hazards. Additionally, riders do not change seats simply because someone they were sitting next to got up to leave.
- Remain in assigned seat while bus is in motion. We assign seats for two specific purposes: 1) To put capable riders in a position to assist the bus driver should there be an emergency need to evacuate the bus; and 2) to identify those riders when damage or vandalism occurs. We all need to ensure the safety of all passengers on the bus, and we all need be good stewards of the district vehicles and eliminate damages. Moving while the bus is in motion can be dangerous if the bus makes an emergency maneuver to avoid a hazard. The seat frames are metal tubing and someone falling in the aisle or out of the side of a seat could be seriously injured.
- Wear seatbelts, if available. Not all buses have seatbelts, and the State of Texas is looking into passing a law to have mandatory seat belts installed in all new buses. However, the current law concerning seatbelts is very clear, CLICK IT OR TICKET!
- ALWAYS cross in front of the bus. Because of the size and design of a bus, drivers have difficulty seeing anything directly behind or adjacent to the bus. This is an area commonly referred to as the "Danger zone" and extends 15 feet to both sides, the front, and 200 feet to the rear of the bus. The driver has seven mirrors to help with seeing the sides and rear of the bus, but none provide a complete view. The driver can see MORE clearly out the front of the bus and would know if a rider dropped something under the bus and went to retrieve it. We don't want to have anyone injured or killed because the driver didn't see them.
- Wait for the driver signal before crossing any roadway. Riders become pedestrians when they attempt to cross the road, and don't have the steel shell of a vehicle to protect them. On 27 April 2016, on only one specific day in Texas, 2,726 school bus drivers reported 2,926 instances of a vehicle illegally passing a school bus with the red lights active and the stop sign deployed during a national survey. Grape Creek ISD drivers see an average of one "stop arm violation" every four to five days on our 13 routes. Under the current legal system in the State of Texas, in Tom Green County a law enforcement officer must observe the violation first-hand before the violating driver can be issued a citation. Pedestrians become complacent when crossing with all the red lights active and may not look both ways. This applies to both getting on and getting off the bus.
- Remain 15 feet from where the bus stops. Since many can't estimate 15 feet, have the younger riders stay 5 "GIANT" steps from where the bus stops. While we need riders to be ready to board the bus at the curb or street side to maintain our schedule, we need to ensure nobody gets injured by vehicles which may be passing before the bus. Also, everyone needs to stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop, the driver opens the door and motions the rider toward the door. By moving towards a moving bus, a pedestrian could trip and fall under the wheels of the bus.
- If a student does not ride the school bus for two consecutive days without notifying the transportation
department, bus services may be discontinued until the department is notified by a parent or guardian.
The transportation department can be reached at 655-1735, ext. 6000 or through REMIND.
While there are a number of other actions that could result in a violation of the rules, listing them here would be too much task. The best way to determine whether an action will violate the rules is to consider someone taking that action against you, or what would YOUR parent/guardian think if you carried out the action. Everyone knows the difference from right and wrong, and if you aren't sure whether it's right or wrong, don't do it. Few have ever gotten in trouble for NOT doing something which MAY be a violation.
Punishment for violations is meted out by the campus administrators and not the transportation department. Misconduct will be punished in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct, available here on the right-hand side of the page under "Important Links/Documents"; the privilege to ride in a district vehicle, including a school bus, may be suspended or revoked.
As not all students ride the bus, the majority of, if not all students will participate from time to time in school-sponsored trips required to use transportation provided by the school to and from the event. We want all riders to remain safe and sometimes not knowing the rules creates unsafe situations. The rules outlined for regular routes (above) are meant to allow for a safe trip, no matter whether it's to school or home, or to a school-sponsored activity out of town.
The district makes school bus transportation available to all households with students living two or more miles from the school on public streets and roads. Private roads will be used if they are in sufficient shape to safely support and allow the maneuvering of a large bus, and if there is written permission provided to the school from the occupants of the houses along those roads. This service is provided at NO COST, same as public streets.
Bus routes and stops are designated annually. Any subsequent changes will be posted at school and on the district website. Additionally, the school maintains social media pages and any change or delay in route operations is usually posted on these social media pages as soon as possible, to facilitate the widest dissemination of information. For the safety of the school bus operator and all passengers, riders must load and unload buses or other school-operated vehicles only at authorized stops.
An authorized parent/guardian may also designate a child-care facility or grandparent residence as the regula pick up/drop off location for their rider, as long as the location meets the two-mile restriction and is within the district (no transfers). The designated facility or residence MUST be on a regular route and be an approved stop. To make these type changes, authorized parent/guardian need contact the campus which the rider attends and let the administrators at that campus know the parent/guardian wishes to make the change. The campus administrators will contact transportation with the authorization and transportation will contact the authorized parent/guardian with the approximate times and locations of pick up/drop off.
We hope this helps in understanding the bus rules.
Reglas de bus definidas
Para ayudar a eliminar la confusión con respecto a las reglas del autobús para viajes patrocinados por la escuela y rutas regulares, se proporciona la siguiente información.
Se ESPERA que los pasajeros ayuden al personal del distrito a garantizar que los autobuses y otros vehículos del distrito permanezcan en buenas condiciones y que el transporte se brinde de manera segura. Al viajar en vehículos del distrito, incluidos los autobuses, los estudiantes deben cumplir con los estándares de conducta publicados en el Código de conducta del estudiante, en el lado derecho de la página, en "Enlaces / documentos importantes". Los pasajeros DEBEN:
Si bien hay una serie de otras acciones que podrían resultar en una violación de las reglas, enumerarlas aquí sería una tarea excesiva. La mejor manera de determinar si una acción violará las reglas es considerar que alguien tomará esa acción en su contra, o qué pensaría SU padre / tutor si usted llevara a cabo la acción. Todo el mundo conoce la diferencia entre lo correcto y lo incorrecto, y si no está seguro de si es correcto o incorrecto, no lo haga. Pocos se han metido en problemas por NO hacer algo que PUEDE ser una violación.
El castigo por las infracciones lo imponen los administradores del campus y no el departamento de transporte. La mala conducta será castigada de acuerdo con el Código de Conducta del Estudiante, disponible aquí en el lado derecho de la página bajo "Enlaces / Documentos Importantes"; el privilegio de viajar en un vehículo del distrito, incluido un autobús escolar, puede ser suspendido o revocado.
Viajes patrocinados por la escuela
Como no todos los estudiantes viajan en autobús, la mayoría, si no todos los estudiantes participarán de vez en cuando en viajes patrocinados por la escuela que se requieren para usar el transporte proporcionado por la escuela hacia y desde el evento. Queremos que todos los motociclistas se mantengan seguros y, a veces, no conocer las reglas crea situaciones inseguras. Las reglas descritas para las rutas regulares (arriba) están destinadas a permitir un viaje seguro, sin importar si es a la escuela o al hogar, o a una actividad patrocinada por la escuela fuera de la ciudad.
El distrito hace que el transporte en autobús escolar esté disponible para todos los hogares con estudiantes que viven a dos o más millas de la escuela en calles y caminos públicos. Se utilizarán caminos privados si están en condiciones suficientes para soportar y permitir la maniobra de un autobús grande de manera segura, y si hay un permiso por escrito proporcionado a la escuela por parte de los ocupantes de las casas a lo largo de esos caminos. Este servicio se brinda SIN COSTO, al igual que en la vía pública.
Las rutas y paradas de autobús se designan anualmente. Cualquier cambio posterior se publicará en la escuela y en el sitio web del distrito. Además, la escuela mantiene páginas de redes sociales y cualquier cambio o retraso en las operaciones de ruta generalmente se publica en estas páginas de redes sociales tan pronto como sea posible, para facilitar la más amplia difusión de información. Para la seguridad del operador del autobús escolar y de todos los pasajeros, los pasajeros deben subir y bajar de los autobuses u otros vehículos operados por la escuela solo en las paradas autorizadas.
Un padre / tutor autorizado también puede designar un centro de cuidado de niños o la residencia de los abuelos como el lugar regular para recoger / dejar a su pasajero, siempre que el lugar cumpla con la restricción de dos millas y esté dentro del distrito (sin transferencias). La instalación o residencia designada DEBE estar en una ruta regular y ser una parada aprobada. Para realizar este tipo de cambios, los padres / tutores autorizados deben comunicarse con el campus al que asiste el pasajero e informar a los administradores de ese campus que el padre / tutor desea realizar el cambio. Los administradores del campus se comunicarán con el transporte con la autorización y el transporte se comunicará con el padre / tutor autorizado con los horarios aproximados y los lugares de recogida / devolución.
Esperamos que esto ayude a comprender las reglas del autobús.