Bus Rider Guidelines

The goal of the Transportation Department is to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for students who ride school buses. Parents should take time to read and discuss the Transportation section of the Student Handbook with their children. Riding a school bus is a privilege provided by the school district and should be treated as such.

Students are expected to assist district staff in ensuring that transportation is provided safely and that buses remain in good condition.

Students at the bus stop:

  • Should be at the designated bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

  • Must be aware of and stay out of the “Danger Zone” areas around the school bus. The “Danger Zone” is a 10-foot area around the bus on all sides. Students waiting to get on the bus should stay far enough away from the bus so the student can clearly see the bus driver’s face. If a student cannot see the driver, the driver cannot see the student.

Students boarding and riding the school bus:

  • Must refrain from pushing or horsing around while getting on or off the bus.

  • Must follow the driver’s directions at all times.

  • Must go directly to their assigned seat.

  • Must use a hearing device (headphones) when using electronic devices while riding the school bus i.e. cell phones, radios, games, etc.

  • Must never throw or pass objects to anyone inside or outside the bus.

  • Must enter the bus in an orderly manner at the designated stop.

  • Must not allow large objects (like back packs, musical instruments or athletic equipment) to block the aisles or emergency exits.

  • Must remain seated and face forward.

  • Must never stick their head, hands, arms or objects through the windows.

  • Must not damage or vandalize the school bus or its equipment.

  • Must not possess or use any form of tobacco or electronic cigarettes in any district vehicle.

  • Must fasten the seat belt, if available.

Students exiting the school bus:

  • Must refrain from pushing or horsing around while exiting the bus.

  • Must move out of and away from the bus as soon as departing the bus.

  • Must wait for the driver’s signal when exiting the bus before crossing in front of it.

Students are encouraged to report nuisance or bullying behaviors that occur at bus stops and on the bus. Reports should be made to the driver or by utilizing the Incident Reporting Form available at www.visd.net and in school offices.

Misconduct will be punished in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct; the privilege to ride in a district vehicle, including a school bus, may be suspended or revoked.