Bus Safety Rules
- Observe the same conduct as in the classroom.
- Be courteous, use no profane language.
- Do not eat or drink on the bus.
- Keep the bus clean.
- Cooperate with the driver.
- Do not smoke/vaping.
- Stay in your seat.
- Keep head, hands and feet inside the bus.
- Bus driver is authorized to assign seats.
Designate Place of Safety (Safety Spot)
Each student shall be assigned a residence side Designated Place of Safety. The Designated Place of Safety is typically 10 feet off the road when in a driveway. If it is a different location due to group stops the driver will instruct the students as needed. The bus drivers must account for each student at the designated place of safety before arriving and leaving the bus stop. Upon arrival, students should not approach the school bus until motioned to do so by the bus driver. Upon drop off, students are not to proceed to their residence until the school bus has completely departed. Students should go directly to their home. (Ohio Revised Code 3301-83-13 B-5)
No eating or drinking on the bus
Riders must refrain from eating and drinking on the school bus except as required for medical reasons. (Doctors note required to explain medical need)
(Ohio Revised Code 3301-83-08 C-8)
Waiting for the bus
Students shall arrive at the bus stop before the bus is scheduled to arrive. It is asked that students arrive five (5) minutes before the stop time. (Ohio Revised Code 3301-83-08 C-1)
The Ohio Revised Codes listed above are laws that bus drivers are required to follow. The pupils who ride the bus are also expected to follow these laws.
Safe Riding Tips
Please take a moment to review the safe riding tips in our series of posts covering riding a school bus safely by clicking here.
Important Information for Parents
HIGH SCHOOL PARKING PERMITS
Upon your student receiving a parking permit, they will be removed from the bus route. Younger siblings will only be taken off after not riding for five (5) consecutive days. In a case where transportation is needed, parents should call the transportation office after 6:30am to request service. Students may be directed to the closest existing bus stop.
LATE TO THE BUS STOP
We request that all students be at their bus designated place of safety five (5) minutes before the bus is due to arrive. If your child misses the bus due to lateness, parents should plan to provide transportation for the student. School buses are on a schedule and cannot return to a bus stop for students who missed the bus due to lateness. Please do not chase the bus down. This could cause harm and in some cases could be fatal.
If your bus stop happens to be at your home, make sure your student is waiting at the designated place of safety five (5) minutes prior to the bus arriving. Students should not wait inside their front doors or garages until the bus arrives. If the student is not present, then the bus will not stop.
PRIVATE SCHOOL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION HOUSE STOPS AND ONE PERSON BUS STOPS
If your student is not at the bus stop for more than five (5) days, the transportation department will assume that your child is no longer in need of our services and bus service will stop. The bus will not continue to come down your street to an empty stop and will not resume until we receive a phone call requesting service to continue. The transportation office asks that you notify us in the event your child will not need transportation by calling 440-543-9567. Also if your student is the only student attending a particular school, we ask that you call the transportation office if we did not transport your child to school and they need to be picked up at the end of the day. If we did not take your student to school, we will assume he or she did not go, and we will not go to their school to pick them up nor will we go back to a school to pick your student up if the school calls to say the bus never showed up for your student if we did not transport them to school. If your student does not need a ride home from school, the transportation department also ask that you notify us in advance to avoid the bus from stopping at your child’s school.
Bus passes are managed and given out at each school. Transportation does not issue bus passes or take requests. Please contact your student’s school for the proper form to request a different stop and turn in procedure. Parents, please remind your student of the schedule for the use of their pass. (District Forms including Bus Passes)
Bus passes are only given if room exists on the bus for additional passengers. You may gain that information from your school or the transportation office. Please be aware bus pass requests are on hold until after the Labor Day Holiday. Only permanent bus passes for daycares will be taken before then. For the safety of all, we need to ensure that all riders living in those areas have seating and the driver is familiar with who is on the route. All other requests will be based on the availability of the open seats on the bus and routing patterns. Other arrangements may need to be made if a seat is not available or the bus does not travel in the area requested without changing the route. Bus passes are required for all students in the district including middle and high school students not going to assigned stop associated to their home address. Students are not permitted to change buses or get off at another stop without a bus pass for the safety of our students. Parents, please send in a bus pass form to be given to the school’s office. The office will generate a bus pass, and your child will need that pass to board the bus. If they do not have a bus pass, they will not be able to ride or get off at the stop as requested. In fairness to all, we cannot accommodate large groups (three (3) or more per address) unless they are a daycare center. In this case, transportation should be handled by the parents. No handwritten letter will be accepted by the bus driver. It must be a bus pass from the school.
Bus Passes are only given for daycares as listed, established stops on the route, shared parenting and Kenston Community Education (KCE) sponsored activities that are designated to receive transportation. In order to go to a KCE activity, your bus pass must have your receipt attached.
To keep our younger students safe, it is the practice of the transportation department not to release kindergarten students off the bus unless a parent or other designated adult is in view of the driver. In the event of an emergency if someone else will be meeting your child at their bus stop, please call the school, and they will inform transportation of any changes. Working together we will keep our children safe.
We have daily routes going to the following day care centers:
- Chagrin Falls Early Learning Daycare – South Russell
- Chagrin Falls Daycare – Bainbridge
- Goddard School – Bainbridge
- Kid’s Club – Chagrin Falls
- Small Hands, Big Dreams – Bainbridge
Please let the school building know if your child will be attending one of these daycare centers by filling out a bus pass. The building will let the transportation department know.