Jackson County School System

"Student Success through Leadership, Character, and Performance"

The Jackson County Board of Education provides school bus transportation for all eligible Jackson County Students.

 

Before a student can change/ride another bus the parent should
  1. Contact school of attendance and update the students address information
  2. Notify the school
  3. The school will print the new address information from Infinite Campus web site and give it give the bus driver
The driver is not to take a new student without this information. Handwritten will not be accepted 


Students riding home with other students
  1. Students are not allowed to ride a different bus home with other students. Parents or guardian will need to make transportation arrangements.
  2. Exception: If the students ride the same bus it will be allowed, only if the parent/guardian sends a signed note and it is approved by the principal.
Bus Attendance

If a student does not ride the bus three consecutive days the parent or guardian, should notify the Transportation Department, so they can inform the driver as to when the student will return. After three consecutive absences, the driver is not required to stop at the address

ROUTING PROCEDURES AND CRITERIA

  1. The location of bus stops is determined by the Transportation Department.
  2. The safety of students is the first consideration when determining bus stop locations. This consideration takes precedence over all other routing criteria. However, the safety of any school bus stop is evaluated with the understanding that the parent / guardian (or other adult) will provide age-appropriate supervision for the student(s) at the bus stop.
  3. Students that reside along heavily traveled roadways will have their stops evaluated on an individual basis by the Route Supervisor. Curbside service will be rendered to students who reside on multi-lane roadways throughout the county. Normally, no student is asked to walk more than 2/10 of a mile to a Jackson County School bus stop.
  4. Bus stops will be placed on public roadways and buses will generally not travel on private roads and/or driveways that are not maintained by Jackson County. Bus stops will not be placed on cul-de-sac streets that measure 2/10 of a mile or less.
  5. Jackson County Public Schools’ Transportation Staff will determine and document the validity of the exceptions stated above, and determine the accommodation to be made, within the length of time specified in the relevant administrative procedure. Adjustment to this criteria may be made if ...
    1. a bona fide safety hazard exists;
    2. the street or street segment is used as a bus turnaround area where no other safe area exists;
    3. the student has a medically determined and documented condition that necessitates accommodation;
    4. Jackson County Public Schools’ Transportation Staff determines that an adjustment to the criteria is necessary to provide safe, effective and/or efficient service.
  6. Jackson County is experiencing rapid growth in the development of subdivisions. Bus stop locations will be set at the entrance of subdivisions under construction to service students until the bus can safely maneuver the streets.
  7. Bus drivers do not have authority to change or alter bus stop locations. Bus drivers are instructed to inform their route supervisor if a bus stop location is in question. No maximum ride time is specified. However, bus routes are designed to minimize the length of the students’ ride to and from school.
  8. Several factors are considered when designing bus routes:
    1. Bus capacity
    2. Location of school
    3. Backing maneuvers and left turns
    4. School starting time
    5. Bridges
    6. Location of students
  9. Buses are generally routed so students will be loaded or unloaded as the bus travels out of a subdivision where there is no through access. If backing the bus is necessary near an established bus stop, it will be accomplished when the students are on the bus.
  10. Consistency is a priority in all of Transportation’s decisions. Our goal is to provide an equitable level of service to students and parents who live in similar surrounding and / or circumstances.

II. TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

The Jackson County Public Schools’ Department of Transportation shall . . .
  1. Establish all bus routes.
  2. Be consulted when determining changes and / or establishment of new attendance zones.
  3. Be consulted when the times of opening and closing of all schools served by school buses is considered.
  4. Recommend to the Superintendent, the purchase of new school buses.
  5. Recommend annually to the Superintendent, the number of buses to be declared surplus.
  6. Assign buses and bus stops for all students (students shall ride assigned buses unless a change is approved by the Principal (or designee) and the Jackson County Public Schools’ Department of Transportation.)
  7. Have the authority and responsibility to resolve problems that arise as a result of routing and operation of the school buses.

III. DRIVER EMPLOYMENT AND OPERATION OF BUSES

  1. All bus drivers employed by the Jackson County Public Schools shall observe all laws, policies and regulations regarding employment and operation of buses as required by Federal, State and Local authorities. All vehicles used and all drivers employed for student transportation shall conform to the specifications, standards, requirements and qualifications established by the Transportation Department in compliance with Federal, State and local laws and / or regulations.
  2. The following shall be observed in the employment of School Bus Drivers: The selection and recommendation for employment as a school bus driver will be made by the Human Resources Department.
  3. Training, certification, offer of employment and assignment of approved applicants shall be the responsibility of the Jackson County Public Schools’ Department of Transportation.

IV. STUDENT MANAGEMENT

  1. Students who violate the “Student code of Conduct” or the “School Bus Safety Rules” while on the bus or at the bus stop, will be subject to behavior management interventions by the bus driver and / or disciplinary consequences administered by the local school administrators or their designee.
  2. Such interventions and / or consequences will be a part of the “Student Behavior Management Plan” tailored specifically for the local school by school administrators and Transportation Staff.

V. REQUESTS FOR CHANGES TO BUS STOP LOCATION

  • If a parent / guardian requests that Transportation make a change to the location of their student’s current assigned bus stop, the Route Supervisor will review the request, make a determination and notify the parent. Because of the time required to investigate and review each bus stop location, it is strongly recommended that parents initiate such appeals during the summer immediately after school is dismissed, or as soon as the routes are posted in the local school.

VI. MANAGEMENT PLAN TO IMPROVE STUDENT BEHAVIOR ON THE BUS

Transportation believes that we can support teaching and learning by teaching and developing safe and appropriate bus riding behaviors by our students. We will protect the safety (physical and emotional) of each individual student on the bus, and teach and develop bus-riding behaviors that will be relevant and meaningful when the student is out in the community. To do so, student behaviors will be expected to be safe, orderly and respectful.

PREVENTION

Prevention steps are used by the bus driver to educate the students about safe and appropriate riding behaviors, clarify the bus drivers expectations for the students and assist students to understand how to successfully demonstrate safe riding habits every day.

Expectations

Bus drivers should clearly communicate expectations and reinforce as needed. Expectations should be based on bus rules and the student code of conduct.

Seat Assignments:

Bus drivers will learn the name of each student and their stop locations. Students will be assigned seats as part of the prevention step. Assigned seating will help with:
  • Ownership of property surrounding the student’s seat area.
  • Knowing if a student is / was on board.
  • Knowing who is on board for emergency purposes.
  • Emergency evacuation procedures.
  • Increased structure, routine and consistency, especially during loading and unloading procedures.

Bus Rules:

  • Students will follow directions of their bus driver.
  • Students should be at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus arrives, waiting in a safe place, clear of traffic and 10 feet from where the bus stops.
  • Students will wait in an orderly line and avoid playing.
  • Students will cross the roadway in front of the bus after the bus has stopped, they have looked at the driver for a hand signal, and they have looked in both directions for traffic; left, right, left.
  • Students will signal the driver with a waving motion if something is dropped and wait for the driver to give a signal before picking up the object.
  • Students will go directly to assigned seat when entering the bus. Keep the aisles and exits clear.
  • Students will remain properly seated, back against the back of the seat, bottom against the bottom of the seat, and keep hands to themselves.
  • Students will not eat, drink, chew gum, or bring tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or any controlled substances on the bus.
  • Students will not carry animals, glass objects, nuisance items, hazardous materials, or weapons onto the bus.
  • Students may carry only objects that can be held in their laps.
  • Students will refrain from using loud voices, profanity, and / or obscene gestures, and respect the rights and safety of others.
  • Students will not extend head, arms, or objects out of the bus windows.
  • Students will be totally silent at railroad crossings.
  • Students will stay seated until time to get off the bus. The open door is the signal to get up from the bus seat.
  • Students will help keep their bus clean and in good, safe condition.

INTERVENTION

Intervention steps are used by the bus driver to help the student stop unsafe or inappropriate behaviors or habits while assisting students to identify the appropriate habit or behavior. Intervention steps also provide notification to the parent/guardian so that the parent can be involved in assisting the driver to change unsafe or inappropriate riding habits.
Bus drivers may use the interventions listed below during the intervention step of the process. A minor offense is considered inappropriate or unsafe student behavior that may be improved with minor assistance from the driver.
Documentation: Bus driver will maintain daily written documentation of all occurrences in the driver’s daily logbook.
Verbal Reminder: Bus drivers will remind the student of the appropriate bus rule(s.)
Seat Reassignment: A student’s assigned seat may be changed by the bus driver when such change may help the student to demonstrate appropriate riding behaviors and/or allow the driver to more effectively monitor that student’s behavior.
Talk individually with student: Bus drivers will talk individually with the student to determine what steps could be taken to help the student demonstrate appropriate and safe riding behaviors
Any or all of the above steps may be bypassed when a student’s actions are illegal or judged by the driver to be or so unsafe or disrespectful that immediate corrective action is required.
Violations that should be considered major offenses include, but are not limited to the following:
  • drugs (includes alcohol, cigarettes)
  • throwing objects in or out of the bus
  • fighting (trying to intentionally hurt someone)
  • weapons, dangerous instruments, and explosive / implosive devices (including lighters)
  • threats/bullying (verbal and physical threats)
  • sexual harassment
Such violations should be reported immediately to the School Administrator on a Bus Discipline Form.

Consequences

If prevention and intervention steps are unsuccessful at improving the student’s behavior or safe riding habits, a bus discipline form is submitted by the bus driver to the school administrator. The school administrator is then responsible for assigning appropriate, effective consequences for the student’s inappropriate behavior in an effort to affect the necessary improvement.
The School Administrator will assign appropriate consequences based on a) the severity of the misbehavior and b) number and frequency of the student’s bus referrals.
The School Administrator may tailor consequences to account for individual circumstances in each situation. The goal of assigning consequences is to bring about the desired student behavior on the school bus and the Transportation Department supports any consequence that achieves that goal.