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Bus Rules

RCSC Bus RulesBus Safety


  • Each student will take his/her seat or assigned seat immediately upon entering the bus.  Older students are advised to be seated at the rear of the bus so that, in the event of an emergency, they are able to assist smaller and younger students exit the bus through the rear door.
  • Students are to stay seated at all times until it is time to get off the bus and the bus has come to a complete stop.  Seated means facing forward with feet on the floor. 
  • No student will enter or exit the bus until it has come to a complete stop and the door has been opened by the bus driver.
  • Windows and doors will not be opened or closed without permission of the bus driver.
  • Video/audio recordings and pictures are not allowed to be taken by students riding district buses. This includes regular routes and extracurricular trips. Any device used to take pictures, videos, or other types of recordings on the bus will be confiscated and disciplinary consequences may be assigned.
  • Squirt guns, large portable radios, “jam boxes”, toys, collectible cards, laser pointers, balloons or any objects determined to be dangerous by the bus driver, are prohibited on the school bus.
  • Skateboards and rollerblades are not permitted on school buses or any other school property.
  • Snowball throwing is not allowed in the bus parking lot nor will snowballs be allowed on the busses.
  • Food, “pop”, candy and gum are not to be consumed on the bus.
  • Students are not allowed to tease, scuffle, trip, hold or use their hands, feet or body in any objectionable manner.

Level I Violations

  • Leaving seat/standing without permission from driver
  • Profanity, verbal abuse, harassment, obscene gestures or possession of unacceptable material
  • Disobedience to the driver
  • Eating/drinking/littering on bus
  • Riding unassigned bus or using unassigned bus stop
  • Opening window past safety line
  • Other offenses as reported by the driver or principal
  • Excessive noise.

Serious offenses may result in other consequences deemed appropriate by school administration.  Corporation policy and rules in respective student handbooks may supersede the above consequences.

Level II Rule Violations and Disciplinary Consequences

  • Hanging out of windows
  • Throwing/shooting of any object
  • Physical aggression against any person
  • Possession/use of tobacco or any controlled substance
  • Vandalism to bus (restitution will be made)
  • Holding onto or attempting to hold onto any portion of the exterior of the bus
  • Lighting of matches, lighters or any flammable object or substance
  • Unauthorized entering or leaving bus through emergency door/tampering with the bus equipment
  • Possession or threat of weapons/explosives/flammables
  • Possession/use of laser pens or pointers

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

4th Offense

5th Offense

Level I

Written Warning

1 day suspension

3 day suspension

5 day minimum suspension

Loss of bus service


Level II

5 day suspension

10 day suspension

10 day minimum suspension

Loss of bus service


The bus in an extension of the school day.  Bus consequences may be superseded by RCSC Board Policy or individual school handbook policies. 

  1. Any Other Action that is considered dangerous to any individual on the bus may result in the loss of bus riding privileges for an indefinite period of time and will be decided by school officials.
  2. Students and Bus Drivers: Students who interfere in any way with the bus driver’s commands or ability to drive are subject to the above stated disciplinary policies. And in addition may be subject to immediate suspension from the school bus.

**The school bus is part of the school day and, as such, all rules and procedures outlined in Corporation Policy and school handbooks are in force.  Bus consequences may be superseded by RCSC policies.

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