Rules and Regulations Governing School Bus Students

  • The bus driver is responsible for the safe operation of the school bus and the safety and discipline of the bus students. The school bus is an extension of the classroom and discipline will be administered by the discipline coordinator with assistance from the director.  No student will be transported by school bus that is termed ineligible for transportation by the Wylie ISD policies and TEA guidelines.

    A video camera observation system is in use on all of the school buses in our district. These cameras are for the safety of our students and are used to monitor bus discipline. The tapes are kept strictly confidential and are limited to viewing by authorized personnel/staff representing Wylie ISD or appropriate law enforcement officials if warranted.

    Bus Student Conduct Code

    These rules are also posted on each school bus.

    • At no time will students act toward or address comments to a bus driver in a disrespectful manner or refuse to cooperate with the driver.
    • Students shall get on or off the bus only at their assigned stop.
    • Students shall not refuse to sit in an assigned seat or deny another person a place to sit.
    • Students will be expected to remain seated for the duration of the trip, and remain seated until the bus door opens.
    • Students shall not throw or shoot articles within the bus or out the bus window, and shall not extend any part of their body, clothing, or other articles out of the bus window.
    • Students shall not take or handle any emergency equipment inside the bus, and shall never board or leave the bus through the emergency door except in an emergency.
    • Students shall never attempt to operate the passenger door except in cases of extreme emergency.
    • Students shall not yell, scream, whistle, or play music/videos without headphones on the bus.
    • Students shall not write upon, disfigure, or destroy any part of the school bus.
    • Scuffling, fighting, and the use of obscene, vulgar, or profane language are forbidden.
    • Students shall not carry weapons, explosives (such as fireworks), unsheathed pointed articles, animals, intoxicating beverages, or drugs on the bus.
    • Students shall not strike matches or use tobacco in any form on the bus.
    • Students shall not eat, drink, or litter on the bus.
    • Students are required to ride their assigned bus. Only with a signed note from the parent and then stamped by the front office will a student be allowed to ride another bus. 
    • Students shall arrive at the bus stop prior to the scheduled time. They shall stand well back from the roadway in an orderly group and not approach the bus until the door has opened.
    • All students living on the left side of the roadway shall exit the bus and move to a point 10 to 12 feet in front of the right bumper and wait for the driver to signal that it is safe to cross. Students shall never cross behind the bus.
    • Students shall face forward for the duration of the trip, shall keep their feet on the floor in front of them and out of the bus aisle.
    • Students will abide by the individual school’s rules and regulations concerning bus students.
    • Serious offenses are defined but not limited to those listed above.

    Steps and consequences for improper conduct on school bus:  (eating/drinking on bus, unnecessary disruption, safety related issues, not following directions and disrespect to driver)

    1. A verbal bus conduct report is written and given to the discipline coordinator at the transportation office. The discipline coordinator will notify the student’s parent.
    2. A bus conduct report is written and given to the discipline coordinator. The student is moved to the front of the bus. The discipline coordinator will warn the student and notify the student’s parent.
    3. A bus conduct report is written and forwarded to the discipline coordinator. The discipline coordinator will warn the student and notify the student’s parent.
    4. A bus conduct report is written and given to the discipline coordinator. The student is denied bus privileges for 1 day. The discipline coordinator will warn the student and notify the student’s parent.
    5. A bus conduct report is written and given to the discipline coordinator. The student is denied bus privileges for 1 week. The discipline coordinator will warn the student and notify the student’s parent.
    6. A bus conduct report is written and given to the discipline coordinator. The student is denied bus privileges for 4 weeks.  The discipline coordinator will warn the student and notify the student’s parent.
    7. A bus conduct report is written and given to the discipline coordinator. The student is denied bus privileges for the rest of the semester.  The discipline coordinator will warn the student and notify the student’s parent.
    8. A bus conduct is written and given to the discipline coordinator. The student is denied bus privileges for the rest of the school year.  The discipline coordinator will warn the student and notify the student’s parent.

    Note: The director/discipline coordinator has the authority to skip steps for serious violations or to designate such other punishment as deemed appropriate.

    Steps and consequences for improper conduct on school bus: (hitting/not keeping hands to self, inappropriate language/hand gestures, threats, tampering with safety equipment, use of matches/lighters and persistent misbehavior)

    1. A bus conduct is written and given to the discipline coordinator. The student is denied bus privileges for 1 day. The discipline coordinator will warn the student and notify the student’s parent. 
    2. A bus conduct is written and given to the discipline coordinator. The student is denied bus privileges for 1 week.  The discipline coordinator will warn the student and notify the student’s parent. 
    3. A bus conduct is written and given to the discipline coordinator. The student is denied bus privileges for 20 days. The discipline coordinator will warn the student and notify the student’s parent. 
    4. A bus conduct is written and given to the discipline coordinator. The student is denied bus privileges for the rest of the semester. The discipline coordinator will warn the student and notify the student’s parent. 
    5. A bus conduct is written and given to the discipline coordinator. The student is denied bus privileges for the rest of the year. The discipline coordinator will warn the student and notify the student’s parent.

    Note: The director/discipline coordinator has the authority to skip steps for serious violations or to designate such other punishment as deemed appropriate.

    Steps and consequences for improper conduct on school bus: (fighting, assault, sexual conduct/harassment, bullying, weapons, smoking cigarettes/e-cigs and drinking alcohol)

    1. Automatically sent to campus level for discipline and bus privileges denied for 1 week. The discipline coordinator will warn the student and notify the student’s parent. 

    Note: The director/discipline coordinator has the authority to skip steps for serious violations or to designate such other punishment as deemed appropriate.

    Steps and consequences for improper conduct on school bus: (gambling)

    1. A bus conduct is written and given to the discipline coordinator. The student is denied bus privileges for 1 day. The discipline coordinator will warn the student and notify the student’s parent. 
    2. A bus conduct is written and given to the discipline coordinator. The student is denied bus privileges for 1 week.  The discipline coordinator will warn the student and notify the student’s parent and also contact the student’s campus which will involve the campus SRO.

    Note: The director/discipline coordinator has the authority to skip steps for serious violations or to designate such other punishment as deemed appropriate.

    Steps and consequences for improper conduct on school bus: (destruction of bus)

    1. A bus conduct is written and given to the discipline coordinator. The discipline coordinator will notify the parent and there will be a charge to repair/replace/clean-up items on the bus.  The student will be denied bus privileges until payment is made for repair/replace/clean-up.

    Note: The director/discipline coordinator has the authority to skip steps for serious violations or to designate such other punishment as deemed appropriate.