Info for Students and Parents
The District’s first priority is to assure the safety of all students who are provided district transportation. In accordance with Arizona statutes, bus transportation may be provided for students who live more than one and a half miles from their attending school within their boundaries. Student transportation is a privilege extended to students in the district boundaries and is not a statutory requirement, except for transportation of students with disabilities as indicated in their respective individual education plan.
Responsibility of the School Bus Driver
In accordance with Article V1-8, Arizona Revised Statutes: “The driver of any school bus shall be held responsible for the orderly conduct and safety of the pupils transported.”A bus driver has the same authority as a teacher in the classroom. All adult passengers, such as activity sponsors, teachers, etc. will assume supervision of the students but are also under the authority of the school bus driver. Safety is not just a driver concern but is a shared responsibility throughout our district.
Student IDs or bus passes are required and need to be shown upon the driver's request when boarding the bus in the morning or in the afternoon. In the morning, students without an ID may be allowed to ride the bus to school if it can be determined the student is an authorized bus rider. A site administrator will be informed. If a student does not have an ID in the afternoon, they will not be allowed to ride the bus home without a bus pass. Students may obtain a bus pass from their school office authorizing them to ride the bus home for that day. Bus passes need to be obtained by your lunch period or they will not be issued; do not wait till the end of the day.
Students are only allowed to exit the bus at their assigned stop. If a student is going home with another student or needs to get off at a different bus stop than what they are assigned, a note signed by the parent/guardian needs to be written to the school and signed by an administrator. The note will then be attached to a bus pass authorizing them to get off at a different bus stop. A student who intentionally exits at the wrong stop for any reason without permission will receive a referral.
A Tutor Bus will be available after school on days that tutoring is offered. This bus is not intended for athletics, detention or students who missed their regular bus. Each student must have a bus pass signed by the teacher who was tutoring them. The bus route will be a limited number of bus stops accommodating each school’s attendance boundary.
The bus is an extension of the school setting with all rules of behavior continuing in effect. Disorderly conduct or refusing to respect the authority of the school bus driver shall be sufficient reason for the pupil to be denied transportation. The school bus driver may assign seats. All students who will ride the bus should become familiar with the bus rules for their safety as well as others. Bus drivers will make every attempt to ensure that students are familiar with the bus rules. The following is posted in all school buses and must be followed at all times:
1. Sit in assigned seats.
2. Stay seated at all times while the bus is moving.
3. Keep hands, arms and head inside the bus at all times.
4. Quiet talking only.
5. Keep the center aisle clear while the bus is moving.
6. No eating or drinking on the bus.
7. No throwing of any object.
8. Hands off others.
9. Remember, the bus driver is in charge.
Riding the school bus is a privilege. Do not abuse it!