Students being transported on a bus are under the direct authority of the bus driver and school administration.
Expectations for student behavior on the bus are the same as for any school setting because of the public and personal danger of inappropriate bus behavior. Specifically:
- Students must show an Elm Middle School photo ID to board the bus.
- Students are expected to stay seated, exhibit respectful behavior and keep arms and head inside of the bus.
- Students are not to throw objects.
- Students are only allowed to ride the bus that is assigned to them. This is to ensure the proper capacity and the safety of knowing who is on which bus.
- Only students living north of the railroad tracks are assigned to a bus.
- Students may not cross the railroad tracks to board an Elm bus.
The principal or a designee will assign the appropriate consequences to any violation of these expectations.
In addition, as stated in Section 7:220 of the Board of Education's Policy Manual, the District 401 Superintendent or designee 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 actions:
- Prohibited student conduct as defined in District Policy 7:190, "Student Behavior."
- Willful injury or threat of injury to a bus driver or to another rider.
- Willful and/or repeated defacement of the bus.
- Repeated use of profanity.
- Repeated willful disobedience of a directive from a bus driver or other supervisor.
- 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 Board of Education may suspend the student from riding the school bus for a period in excess of 10 days for safety reasons.