Transportation Department
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    School Bus Safety
     
    Improving school bus safety is the underline premise to everything we try to accomplish in the Tangipahoa Parish School System's Transportation Department. We truly understand the value of the precious cargo we transport on a daily basis.

Rules for Riders

  • A school bus with undisciplined passengers is a hazardous bus. Student misbehavior can lead to accidents and injuries.The driver must 
    concentrate on the driving task at hand and cannot be expected to constantly supervise the students while the bus is in motion. Therefore, for the safe operation of the school bus,students should be aware of and obey the following safety rules at all times.
     
    1. Cooperate with the driver (your safety depends on it)
    2. Be on time the bus will not wait
    3. Follow the driver's instructions when loading and unloading.
    4. Be quiet and well behaved.
    5. Remain seated while the bus is in motion.
    6. Do not extend arms, head or objects out of windows or doors.
    7. Keep the center aisle clear of feet, books, or objects that may obstruct the walkway.
    8. Keep your hands, feet, and possessions to yourself.
    9. Do not eat or drink on the bus.
    10. Do not throw anything in the bus or out of windows.
    11. The following items are not allowed on the bus:
      1. Alcohol or Drugs
      2. Glass Objects (except eye-glasses)
      3. Pets (cats, dogs, etc.)
      4. Weapons (including knives)
      5. Objects too large to be held in your lap or placed under the seat

     

Rules for Exiting the School Bus

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    1. Remain in your seat until the bus arrives at your designated bus stop.
    2. Once the bus has stopped, proceed promptly and orderly to the front of the bus.
    3. Be careful when stepping down on slippery steps in wet weather.
    4. Use the bus handrails at all times when exiting the bus.
    5. Be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps do not get caught in the handrails or doors.
    6. If you have to cross the roadway, cross in front of the bus. Walk at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the side of the bus and then at least five giant steps (10 feet) in front of the bus. Wait for the driver to give you the universal crossing signal before you begin to cross.
    7. Always look in both directions for oncoming vehicles before crossing.
    8. Never cross the roadway behind the bus.
    9. Be sure that the bus driver can see you at all times. Wait for the driver to give the universal signal before you begin to crossing.
    10. If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up without telling the driver because the driver may not be able to see you.
    11. Walk directly home by the safest route. Do not go to your mailbox or to a friend's house.
    12. Beware of moving vehicles and pedestrians exhibiting unusual behavior.

     

Rules for Students at Bus Stops

    1.  Be at your designated  bus stop at least five minutes prior to the normal arrival time of your bus.
    2. Wait quietly on the sidewalk or if a sidewalk is not present, wait at least three giant steps (6 feet) off the roadway.
    3. Avoid pushing, shoving, fighting or rough play while waiting at the bus stop.
    4. Be careful of private property such as flower beds, shrubs, etc.
    5. Beware of moving vehicles and pedestrians exhibiting unusual behavior.
    6. When the bus arrives, board the bus according to your driver's instructions.
    7. Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver signals you to begin loading.
    8. Board the bus in a single file and avoid pushing and shoving.
    9. Be careful when stepping up on slippery steps in wet weather.
    10. Use the bus handrails at all times when boarding the bus.
    11. If you have to cross the roadway to board the bus, cross in front of the bus at least five giant steps (10 feet). Wait for the driver to give you the universal crossing signal before you begin to cross.
    12. Always look in both directions for oncoming vehicles before crossing.
    13. Never cross the road behind the bus.
    14. Be sure that the bus driver can see you at all times.
    15. Once on the bus, go directly to your seat, sit down, keep your hands, feet, and possession to yourself, and remain quiet. 

     
     

Student Transportation Discipline Ladder

  • The School Bus Driver is responsible for ensuring all students adhere to the Tangipahoa Parish School System's Bus Rules. At the beginning of each school year and when the driver deems necessary, the driver shall read each bus behavior rule to their students, establish expectations of adherence to these rules, and explain the disciplinary action when students fail to obey.

    The following discipline steps should be taken by the driver when students fail to obey the Tangipahoa Parish School System's Bus Rules:

    Step I - When a student fails to obey a school bus rule, the driver should give the student a verbal warning. This warning should include the rule or rules broken, an expectation of corrective behavior, and a reminder of the next step in the discipline ladder. At this point the driver may reassign the student to a front seat for closer monitoring and should document the verbal warning.

    Step II - The driver should contact the student's parents, by phone or in writing. The driver should inform the parents of the student's misbehavior and seek their assistance in correcting the problem. The driver should document that he had a conversation with the student's parents.

    Step III - The driver should complete the Bus Behavior Form and submit it to the student's principal. The form should identify the child, the behavior problem, the previous discipline action taken (warning and parent conversation), and any recommended disciplinary action. The student receives disciplinary action at the discretion of the school administration. A conference with parents, student, driver, and administrator will be held if deemed necessary.

    Step IV - The driver should complete the Bus Behavior Form as defined in Step III and submit it to the student's principal. A conference with the driver, student, parents, and administrator is required before the student may ride the bus again. The student will be suspended from the bus for a minimum of three (3) days.

    Step V - Same as Step IV, with an increase in the number of days to a minimum of five (5) days.

    Step VI - The student is removed from the bus for a minimum of nine (9) days and until a hearing is held with a representative of the Office of Pupil Services and Transportation Department.

    Note: The principal is the only one with the authority to discipline a student; a student's behavior may warrant a direct jump to any of the above discipline steps; a student's good behavior may move them back to lower steps. 

     
     

School Bus Evacuation Procedures

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Rules of the Road

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Handrails and Drawstrings

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