Rules and Regulations

Administrator in charge of Maintenance, Transportation,

Grounds and Support Services




BUS GARAGE 620-879-9250


6:00 AM TO 4:00 PM



1. The driver is in full charge of all passengers while they are loading, riding

in, or unloading from the school bus or any school vehicle.

2. The driver shall have authority to assign a seat to any passenger.

3. Students must obey driver promptly. Students who do not obey rules

and regulations will be reported to school officials. Transportation

privileges may be revoked.

4. Students are not to carry on unnecessary conversation with the driver

while bus is in motion.

5. Smoking and the use of any tobacco product is prohibited in school buses

or any school owned vehicles whether transporting students or not. No

tobacco products shall be transported in a school bus, activity bus or

other school vehicle.

6. Passenger shall not extend any part of their body out of the windows of

the bus.

7. Passengers shall not move about or attempt to get on or off of a bus

while it is in motion.

8. No intoxicating substances, alcoholic beverages, or illegal drugs shall be

transported on or consumed while traveling in a bus or any school


9. Rough or boisterous conduct will not be permitted. Except for normal

conversation, classroom conduct will be observed.

10. Students must not open or close the bus windows without the drivers


11. Students are not permitted to throw any items outside or inside the

vehicles. Keep waste paper and rubbish picked up. Help keep the

vehicles clean and sanitary at all times.

12. Students must keep absolutely quiet when approaching a railroad

crossing and remain quiet until the bus is safely across the tracks.

13. No animals of any kind will be transported in a school bus. This includes

snakes, spiders, etc..

14. No glass containers will be transported in a school bus, activity bus, or

other school vehicle.

15. No containers containing combustible substances may be transported

in a school vehicle.

16. No items that will block the aisle may be transported on a school bus.

17. Students must be on time in meeting the bus. The student should be

waiting for the bus and not the bus waiting for the student.

a. The bus may wait if the students are making a visible attempt to

reach the bus.

b. Parents with more than one bus rider should send their students

out to meet the bus together.

c. Students who are habitually late in meeting the bus may be left.

d. The “rule of thumb” is to wait not longer than (1) minute.

18. Profanity or obscene gestures will not be tolerated on a bus or other

school vehicle.

19. Students must stay out of the drivers seat and shall not tamper with


20. Any damage to the bus from any cause shall be reported to the driver.

Students damaging or vandalizing school vehicles may be required to pay

for the damage.

21 Students will not be permitted to leave the bus on the way to and from

school without the permission of the school administration or parent in

advance. If a student is getting off at any location other than their

usual stop, the parent must send written permission to the bus driver.

22. Passengers shall not mark on the windows of any vehicle in such a

manner likely to cause obstruction of the drivers view.

23. No firearms or explosives will be permitted on a school bus, except

those firearms worn by a law enforcement officer.

24. Students who must cross the road after leaving the bus shall pass in

front of the bus far enough so that the driver can see them

(approximately 10 feet) and not behind the bus. Students should

cross the road only when the driver signals the student.

25. No radios, cassette players, etc. on route buses or activity buses

except those that have earphones attached for only the individual to


26. If you want more than one student to go home on the bus with your

child after school (to a birthday party, for example), you must check

with the bus driver or transportation supervisor to make certain

there is room and it doesn’t overload the bus. Each student riding with

your child MUST have a permission slip from their parent or guardian.

27. Students must stay seated at all times while the bus is in motion. They

must face the front and stay out of the aisles. Buses are designed to

protect students in an accident if they are sitting in their seats


28. Students must be courteous to the bus driver, follow the rules, and

obey the driver.

29. The Emergency doors are for emergencies only. They are not to be

used without the drivers permission.

30. Kindergarten students: A kindergarten student’s parent or caregiver

must come to the door to let the bus driver know there is someone

home before the student will be dropped off. This is to protect your

child. If the bus driver can not see an adult at the residence, the

student will be brought back to grade school and the parent will be called

to pick the child up.


Each bus driver who is employed by USD #436 must have many hours of training before they transport the students in our district. This includes

40 hours of behind the wheel driving, 8 hours of DIP (A driver improvement program), 8 hours of First Aid and child and adult CPR. They must learn the laws and rules and regulations pertaining to school buses in the state of Kansas, and obtain their Commercial Drivers License and all the endorsements that are required. They must also attend continuing education classes. They are required to attend DIP every 3 years, and First Aid -CPR recertification every year. They must attend 10 bus safety meetings each year.


Keeping your child safe on and around the bus must be a combined effort of the bus drivers, bus students, all school staff and parents. One of the ways parents can help is to educate your children about school bus safety. Here are some bus safety tips that would be useful in that education.

1. DRESS SAFELY Don’t wear clothes that could get caught on the bus, such as clothes with drawstrings. Be careful of items dangling from backpacks that could get caught.

2. ARRIVE EARLY AT BUS STOP. Playing in the road or fooling around can spell D-A-N-G-E-R.

3. MAKE SURE THE BUS COMES TO A FULL STOP before you try to get on or off the bus. Stay back from the bus until the driver signals you to get on. Always tell the driver if something falls under or in front of the bus. Never try to get it yourself. Keep things in a bag----don’t carry loose items that can fall under the bus.

4. STAY OUT OF THE DANGER ZONE. Walk at least 10 steps away from

the bus when you get off. Keep away from the front, back, and sides of the bus. If you have to cross in front of the bus, make sure you can see the drivers face. Wait for the driver’s signal to cross. Stay at least 10 steps away from the bus when you cross. Always look both ways for cars.

5. YOU CAN HELP PREVENT ACCIDENTS. Stay in your seat. Talk quietly. Never stick your hands or head out the window. Obey the driver.

Good behavior on the bus helps prevent accidents.


Be very careful around schools and bus stops.

Remember to stop for school buses displaying their flashing red lights and stop signs. You must stop if you are going either direction.

Here is a web site that might be useful in educating your child about school bus safety:


In case of inclement weather, the Superintendent’s office will announce over the Coffeyville radio stations as early as possible if school is not to be held that day. The announcements will be repeated regularly thereafter until after regular time for the start of school. School reach calling system will also be used.

In the event it is found necessary to dismiss school after school sessions have already began, an announcement of this dismissal will be made over the same stations (Coffeyville radio stations). It will be repeated at intervals as long as necessary.

“USD 436 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.”