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MEAD SCHOOL DISTRICT -- School Bus Discipline Policy

All children attending the Mead Public Schools and meeting the eligibility requirements for bus transportation prescribed by the District are entitled to use the transportation facilities of the District (RCW 28A.24.060). Any misconduct by a student, which in the opinion of the bus driver, is detrimental to the safety and welfare of any other student or to the safe operation of the school bus, will be sufficient cause for discipline and/or suspension of bus riding entitlement. If in the driver's judgment, suspension is in order, the procedures related to suspension, as indicated below, shall be followed.

Building administrators may impose discipline and/or suspension of bus riding entitlement whenever a citation is issued. Parents will be notified by the administrator of his or her action regarding the imposition of additional discipline.

The "Rules for Students Riding School Buses" as published by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, other student rules approved by the Mead School District Board of Directors and the bus driver's own expectations shall be made available to each student in the Mead School District at the beginning of each school year.
Each school bus operator shall receive a copy of "The School Bus Driver Manual" and "School Bus Discipline" policy as adopted by the Mead Board of Directors.

MEAD SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 354
6000 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Procedure 6605 - STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL BUSES

Any misconduct by a student, which in the opinion of the bus driver or Director of Transportation (or designee), is detrimental to the safe operation of the school bus shall be sufficient cause for suspension of transportation privileges.

Warning and Suspension Notices

1. When, in the opinion of a bus driver, there has been an infraction of rules or misconduct by a student, the bus driver shall first attempt and document on the bus informal discipline procedure, such as: assigning the student to a different seat; individual conferences; or other appropriate action.

2. First Citation: When, in the opinion of the bus driver, there has been an infraction of rules or misconduct by a student which does not endanger the safety or welfare of other students or the safe operation of the bus, the following procedure will apply: A warning citation will be completed by the bus driver and the original copy signed by the parent and returned to the school principal who will in turn sign the control copy and return it to the transportation supervisor. A letter will also be sent from the transportation office to the student's parents/guardian(s) indicating the violation which occurred. A copy of the Board Policy 6605 and a copy of "Rules for Students Riding School Buses" will also be included in this letter. Parents will be notified by the principal of his or her action regarding the imposition of additional discipline.

3. Second Citation: A three day suspension of bus riding privileges will occur. A phone call will be made from the transportation department to the student's parents/guardian(s) informing them of the impending suspension. Suspension shall occur after the parents/guardian(s) have knowledge of the beginning and ending date of the suspension. The bus driver and the principal will also receive notice of the beginning and ending date of the suspension.

4. Third Citation: A five day suspension from bus riding privileges will occur. A phone call will be made from the transportation department to the student's parents/guardian(s) informing them of the impending suspension. Suspension shall occur after the parents/guardian(s) have knowledge of the beginning and ending date of the suspension. The bus driver and principal will also receive notice of the beginning and ending date of the suspension.

5. Fourth Citation: May result in suspension of riding privileges for the balance of the school year. A phone call will be made by the transportation department to the parents informing them of the violation and establishing a parent conference with the supervisor of transportation, the bus driver and other appropriate people.

6. The following infractions may result in suspension on the first offense: Fighting on the bus; refusal to identify self when asked by driver; using profanity; refusal to obey the driver; throwing objects while on the bus; use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco while on the bus; and direct defiance or disrespect of the bus driver. Drivers shall be advised to file assault and battery charges against students who physically assault them. Under no circumstances shall the driver retaliate in kind and physically assault the student as this conduct may subject him/her to legal action.

Suspension of Bus Riding Entitlement

When, in the judgment of the driver, suspension is warranted in accordance with District Policy, the following procedure will be followed:

1. Suspension may begin the day after the misconduct occurred. In other words, the student transported to school must be returned to his regular stop.

2. The bus driver will prepare a report of the incident in four copies listing the misconduct, student's name, time, date, bus number, and other appropriate information.

3. The bus driver will present the original copy of this report to the student to give to his or her parent or guardian. The second copy and the third copy will be given to the supervisor of transportation.

4. The parents of students being issued a citation shall be made aware of the offense, the District rules, and if necessary, the beginning and ending dates of the suspension.

5. Parents must be notified by the principal of his or her action regarding the imposition of additional discipline.


Appeal Procedure

1. If an appeal of a proposed suspension is received within three (3) school business days after receipt of the notice of suspension, the Director of Transportation (or designee) shall meet with the parents and/or student and appropriate school district personnel to review the proposed suspension. A written response shall be provided to the parents.

2. If an appeal of the Director of Transportation’s (or designee) decision is received within three school business days after receipt of the District response, the secretary shall schedule a hearing with the Superintendent (or designee). The Superintendent’s decision shall be final.

Adopted: April 30, 2007