School Bus Policy

School Bus Policy

 

Rapid Bay Primary School
School Bus Policy
Children who live five kilometres or more (by the shortest route) from the school are eligible to travel on the school bus. Details about bus routes are available from the school. Bus schedule times are approximate to within 3-5 minutes. Please be at the bus stop 3-5 minutes earlier than scheduled times.
Rules for travelling on the school bus
Conditions on Bus
·      Students remain seated at all times                                   
·      no eating or drinking is allowed on the bus
·      noise must be kept to a reasonable level
·      bags must be positioned at the feet
·      objects are not to be thrown from windows or inside the bus
·      seating arrangements are at the discretion of the bus driver
Appropriate Behaviour at the Bus Stop
Children are asked to wait at bus stops at the side of the road. 
Please wait until the bus has completely stopped before approaching the bus.
There are to be no bat and ball games at bus stops.
Children are to wait in an appropriate manner. 
Inappropriate behaviour is not acceptable and should be reported to the bus driver or the Principal.
Suspension from Bus
Suspension may occur if a child behaves inappropriately on the bus or while waiting at the bus stop. Students whose name appears in the monitor report book on more than three occasions will be considered for suspension; students will be given suitable warning and the parents will be notified after the second report. An appropriate suspension period will be decided by the principal. Parents will then be required to provide transport for their child.
Changing Bus Stops and Times
Only in emergencies can the bus run for individual students be changed and this must be done by the parents. A notice from home to the principal is required and a copy given to the bus driver. Students wanting to change without notice will not be allowed on the bus, but sent home on their normal bus-run.
Bus Monitor
A group of senior students have been appointed as monitors; their role is to report incidents that may warrant reporting to the driver and/or principal. Students will have a record book that is checked on a regular basis by the driver and principal.
 
Bus Wildfire Policy   -- Our first priority is the safety of the students.
In the event that the school is notified of a wildfire in the area in which the school bus operates, the bus will not run. Students will be held here at the school until notified by the Emergency Services that it is safe to leave.
If we are informed that there is a fire after the bus has left, we will attempt to contact the bus and have it return to the school. If that is not safe, we will be guided by Emergency Services.
We will attempt to contact all parents and caregivers to let them know the situation. However, you should be aware that in the event of fire or a power failure, the telephone service is likely to be down and that mobile phones do not work reliably in the vicinity of the school.