All students in our school system who ride a bus to school are subject to regulations until they get off at their school or the bus stop near their home. Any misbehavior that distracts the driver is a very serious hazard to the safe operation of the vehicle, and as such, jeopardizes the safety of all passengers.
Students may be cited for the following, but not limited to:
* Failure to remain seated * Throwing objects on bus * Profanity * Bothering others* Throwing objects out of bus * Fighting * Spitting * Smoking on the bus* Refusing to obey driver * Hanging out of window * Lighting matches * Vandalism If your child is reported for any of the above activities, the principals will usually take the following disciplinary action:
First Offense - A warning to the student with a report to the parents. It is hoped that the parents will help prevent a reoccurrence.
Second Offense - Assignment to a specific seat, possible detention and other in-school discipline depending on the seriousness of the infraction and a report to the parents.
Third Offense - Automatic suspension of riding privileges (up to 3 days) – the length of time to depend on the seriousness of the infraction and a report to the parents.
Fourth Offense - Automatic suspension of riding privileges (up to 5 days) – the length of time to depend on the seriousness of the infraction and a personal conversation with the parents, including the report.
Major Infractions or Fifth Offense can cause suspension of riding privileges on any number of reports, even the first, if the incident warrants a more sever consequence. The length of time could be up to a full semester.
Because we have more students riding our buses, we find it necessary to limit the number of extra riders on the bus routes. If your child is attending a birthday or some other type of party at a rural residence, they will not be allowed to ride the bus to that residence. We hope this does not cause too many hardships, but we feel this is necessary in order to handle our current busing situations.
The Osage Community School District Board of Directors has authorized the use of video cameras on school district buses. The video cameras will be used to monitor student behavior to maintain order on the school buses to promote and maintain a safe environment. Students and parents are hereby notified that the content of the videotapes may be used in a student disciplinary proceeding. The content of the videotapes are confidential student records and will be retained with other student records. Videotapes will only be retained if necessary for use in a student disciplinary proceeding or other matter as determined necessary by the administration.