Riding on a school bus is a privilege, not a right. Improper conduct shall result in the withdrawal of this privilege.
School buses under contract with STEO are considered to be an extension of the school system. Consequently, the disciplinary standards set by your school, school board, and STEO will apply to all vehicle passengers.
Students whose behaviour endangers the safety or interferes with the comfort of others may have their riding privileges revoked.
Students are responsible to the school principal for their behaviour on the school bus. The bus driver acts on behalf of the principal. Students will obey instructions from the driver. Compensation for damage or destruction of board property by a student is the responsibility of the student and parent(s)/
guardian(s). This also applies to school buses.
Process of Disciplinary Action
First Incident: the driver reports the student to the principal in writing, stating the concerns or issues.The principal communicates with the parent(s)/guardian(s). Major incidents may result in immediate withdrawal of bus privileges.
Second Incident: the driver reports the student to the principal in writing, stating the concerns or issues. The principal may withdraw the student’s transportation privileges for up to three (3) days. The principal also communicates with parent(s)/guardian(s).
Further Incidents: the driver reports the student to the principal in writing, stating the concerns or issues. The principal may remove busing privileges for a period of time not to exceed five (5) days. The principal also notifies the School Superintendent and parent(s)/guardian(s).
Major incidents: the driver will report the student/incident to the principal in writing.
The student shall have transportation privileges withdrawn for an extended period (up to the balance of the school year), as determined in consultation with the school superintendent and the STEO Operations Manager., and STEO GM/CAO. The principal will notify the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the incident. Any incident considered a serious threat to bus or student security shall result in consequences in accordance with school board Safe School’s policies.
Video Cameras on School Buses
Video cameras on school buses may be used to promote good student behaviour, aid in driver training, and to assist in promoting good driver/student relationships.