CCSD 89 Handbook: Transportation

  • Bicycles

    Riding bikes to school is generally discouraged for children below second grade. Parents are encouraged to check with the principal to determine specific regulations. Parents are also encouraged to review the following safety regulations with their bicycle-riding children:

    1.Students who ride their bicycles to and from school should ride on the right side of the street.

    2.Always ride single file.

    3. Students should walk their bicycles across major highways.

    4. Bicycles must not be ridden on the playground. When arriving or leaving the school grounds, students should walk their bicycles.

    5. When weather is bad, bicycle riding should be discouraged.

    6. All bicycles should be locked to prevent theft.

    7. Children are not to loiter around bicycles parked in the rack.

    8.Students are not to take bicycles out of the rack and ride them without the permission of the owner.

    9. Students should not ride double.

    10. Parents are to encourage the use of helmets.

    The district cannot be held responsible for the theft or vandalism of student bicycles.

    Bus Suspensions

    The superintendent, or any designee as permitted in the School Code, is authorized to suspend a student from riding the school bus for up to 10 consecutive school days for engaging in gross disobedience or misconduct, including but not limited to, the following:

    1. Prohibited student conduct as defined in School Board policy, 500:190 (Student Behavior).

    2. Willful injury or threat of injury to a bus driver or to another rider.

    3. Willful and/or repeated defacement of the bus.

    4. Repeated use of profanity.

    5. Repeated willful disobedience of a directive from a bus driver or other supervisor.

    6. Such other behavior as the superintendent or designee deems to threaten the safe operation of the bus and/or its occupants.

    If a student is suspended from riding the bus for gross disobedience or misconduct on a bus, the School Board may suspend the student from riding the school bus for a period in excess of 10 days for safety reasons. The district shall provide the student with notice of the gross disobedience or misconduct and an opportunity to respond.

    School Bus Safety – Instructions for Bus Riders

    Parents are urged to instruct their children about proper behavior at bus stops and where to stand while waiting for the bus. In most cases, students should stand back from the edge of the road at least 10 feet and at least 20 feet along a high-speed road. Students must remain at a safe distance from a moving bus at all times.

    It is the responsibility of the parents to teach their children to respect the property of others. Students who do not conduct themselves properly at bus stops may have their bus privileges suspended.

    The following bus safety rules for students are published by the State Superintendent of Education, and they should be followed to ensure the safety and well being of all students:

    1. Be on time at the designated school bus stop; help keep the bus on schedule.

    2. Stay off the road at all times while waiting for the bus.

    3. Be careful in approaching the place where the bus stops. Do not move toward the bus until the bus comes to a complete stop.

    4. Do not leave your seat while the bus is in motion.

    5. Be alert to a danger signal from the driver.

    6. Remain in the bus in the event of a road emergency until instructions are given by the driver.

    7. Keep hands and head inside the bus at all times after entering and until leaving the bus.  Do not throw anything out the bus window.

    8. Remember that loud talking and laughing or unnecessary confusion divert the driver’s attention and could result in a serious accident.

    9. Be quiet when approaching and crossing railroad crossings.

    10. Treat bus equipment as you would valuable furniture in your own home.  Never tamper with the bus or any of its equipment.

    11. Assist in keeping the bus safe and sanitary at all times.  No eating is allowed on the bus.

    12. Carry no animals on the bus - except with special permission of the district.

    13. Keep books, packages, coats, and all other objects out of the aisles and away from emergency exits.  These items should be placed under the school bus seat while in transit.

    14. Leave no books, lunches or other articles on the bus.

    15. Be courteous to fellow students and the bus driver.  To earn respect, you must first show respect.

    16. Help look after the safety and comfort of smaller children.  Keeping distractions to a minimum will help the bus driver ensure your safety while in transit.

    17. Do not ask the driver to stop at places other than the regular bus stop.  He or she is not permitted to do this except by proper authorization from a school official.

    18. Observe safety precautions at discharge points.  Know and observe the rules.  When it is necessary to cross the highway, proceed to a point at least 10 feet in front of the bus on the right shoulder of the highway where traffic may be observed in both directions.  Wait for the signal from the school bus driver permitting you to cross.

    19. Observe the same rules and regulations on other trips under school sponsorship as you observe between home and school.  Respect the wishes of the chaperone appointed by the school.

    20. Students must keep their mobile telecommunications devices turned off and in their backpacks, pockets, purses or otherwise out of sight and not readily accessible while riding a school bus.

    And always remember: Your safety on the school bus depends on how well you conduct yourself on the school bus as well as how the driver performs his or her responsibilities.  There are consequences for breaking bus-riding rules, and you can lose your bus-riding privileges as a result of breaking the rules. The driver also has rules that must be followed and unsafe driving practices or inappropriate conduct should be reported to the principal or Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations.

    School Bus Transportation

    Per CCSD 89 Board Policy 200:110

    Board policy allows students who live more than one and one-half miles from school to ride a bus. Students who live under one and one-half miles, but who would have to walk along or cross a hazardous route as defined in state regulations, also qualify to ride a school bus.

    The school, the parents, and the students must cooperate in order to ensure the safety of all. Students whose behavior causes difficulty or endangers the safety of other students or the bus driver may be denied the privilege of riding the school bus for a short period of time, or for the remainder of the school year. Parents will be notified if such action is necessary.

    Students are not to ride on a bus to which they have not been assigned. Children who walk to school may not ride home on the bus. Eligible students are issued a bus pass at the beginning of the school year.

    Buses usually run every day that school is in session. Bus pick-up and departure schedules may vary, particularly in very bad weather.

    The fact that a bus cannot make its normal run does not legally excuse students from attending school.

    It is your responsibility as a parent/guardian to make the bus driver aware of any health concerns related to your child.

    Video and Audio Taping on Buses

    Per Board policies 500:220 and 500:350

    CCSD 89 has installed video/audio taping equipment in school buses. Electronic visual and audio recordings may be used on school buses to monitor conduct and to promote and maintain a safe environment for students and employees when transportation is provided for any school-related activity.