It is the mission of the Transportation Department to provide for the SAFE and efficient operation of a school transportation service which enhances the educational opportunities for our students. Each employee is dedicated to behaviors that guarantee COURTESY to our customers and to those with whom we share the road.
SERVICE to our community is our shared value and measure of our success.
General Rules of Conduct
The Transportation Department provides bus transportation for its students in accordance with the provisions on the California Education Code. In order to provide this service with maximum safety, all students must understand that the bus driver is in complete charge and control of the bus. School bus drivers have a tremendous responsibility entrusted upon them, and it is important that they have your child’s cooperation as well as your cooperation in following the bus rules to ensure that their ride is a safe and
These school bus rules are in accordance with the policies of AESD and are designed to ensure maximum safety for all students. The school bus is an extension of the classroom, and appropriate behavior is expected at all times.
- Arrive at the bus stop no more than 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled.
- Orderly behavior is required at the bus stop.
- As the bus arrives, stay in line, standing at least twelve feet back from the curb. Do not move toward the bus until it has come to a complete stop and the driver has opened the door.
- Scan the bus pass upon boarding and exiting the bus.
- Obey the driver.
- The bus driver will determine the order of a student’s entrance and seating aboard the bus.
- Once aboard the bus, find a seat quickly and remain seated at all times facing front while the bus is in motion. The bus driver has the right to assign seats as they determine necessary.
- Talk Quietly – For the safety of everyone aboard, shouting, yelling, boisterous behavior, or any unnecessary loud noise cannot be permitted. (The safety of the whole group depends upon the proper, safe conduct of each individual.)
- Stay in your seat at all times.
- Littering the bus, vandalism, or throwing anything out of the bus is not permitted.
- Eating, drinking, and gum chewing are not allowed on the bus.
- Animals – (mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, insects, etc.), glass objects, skateboards, balloons, or hazardous articles of any kind MAY NOT be carried aboard the bus.
- Never play or tamper with any part of the bus or its equipment.
- Remain quiet when the bus stops at a railroad crossing and while the bus crosses the railroad tracks.
- When getting off the bus, follow the driver’s instructions, and always cross in front of the bus if you live on the opposite side of the street.
California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 14263 governing pupil transportation states: “Pupils transported in a school bus shall be under the authority of, and responsible directly to, the driver of the bus, and the driver shall be held responsible for the orderly conduct of the pupils while they are on the bus or being escorted across a street, highway or road. Continued disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the authority of the driver shall be sufficient reason for a pupil to be denied transportation”.
The “DANGER ZONE” is the space around the school bus. It radiates out from the school bus by 12 feet. The school bus driver cannot see students in these zones. Students are to move away from the bus door quickly and stay clear of the wheels. They ARE NOT to go after anything that rolls or falls under or in front of the bus—they are to TELL the driver about it.
At least once each school year, all students in Kindergarten through grade 8 inclusive who receive home to school transportation shall receive safety instruction which includes, but not limited to, proper loading and unloading procedures, escorting by the driver, proper passenger conduct, bus evacuation, location of emergency equipment, responsibilities of passengers seated next to an emergency exit, and practice the procedures to evacuate the school bus through emergency exit doors, NOT THE FRONT ENTRANCE DOOR!