Before a bus pass will be issued, all parents and students must read the Parent Handbook (English/Spanish) to acknowledge the bus rules and commit to responsible behavior while on the bus. You will be prompted to confirm this acknowledgement during the application process.
The La Mesa Spring Valley School District is not mandated to provide busing services to students. Riding the school bus is a privilege. Students will be held accountable for their behavior while on the bus and at their bus stop.
“Pupils transported on 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.” (CCR 14103).
Bus Rider Rules
Please ensure your student(s) understands the following rules which apply at all times when students are riding a school bus, including when on school activity trips:
- Riders shall follow the instructions and directions of the bus driver at all times.
- Riders should arrive at their designated bus stop five (5) minutes prior to their scheduled stop time and stand in a safe place at the stop to wait quietly for the bus. Some bus stops are designated in front of homes. Please respect the privacy and property of those residents. Any damage done to private property shall be cause for denial of transportation.
- Riders shall enter the bus in an orderly manner and go directly to their seats.
- Riders shall sit down and fasten any passenger restraint systems. Riders shall remain seated while the bus is in motion.
- Riders shall not block the aisle or emergency exit with their body or personal belongings. Riders may bring items, such as class projects or musical instruments, on the bus only if the item does not displace any other rider or obstruct the driver’s vision, or block the aisle and can easily sit on the rider’s lap.
- Riders should be courteous to the driver and to fellow passengers. Vulgarity, rude, or abusive behavior is prohibited.
- Any noise or behavior that could distract the driver, such as loud talking, scuffling or fighting, throwing objects, or standing or changing seats, is prohibited and may lead to suspension of riding privileges.
- Riders shall not use tobacco products, eat, or drink while riding the bus.
- Riders may bring electronic devices onto the bus only if such devices are permitted at school. If the use of cellular telephones or similar devices disrupts the safe operation of the school bus, the bus driver may direct the student to no longer use the device on the bus. Viewing inappropriate websites or materials on the bus, taking pictures or filming of other students with a cell phone is prohibited.
- Riders shall not put any part of the body out the window nor throw any item from the bus.
- Riders shall help keep the bus and the area around the bus stop clean. Riders shall not damage or deface the bus or tamper with bus equipment.
- Service animals may be permitted on school transportation services; all other animals are prohibited (Education Code 39839; 13 CCR 1216).
- Upon reaching their destination, riders shall remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop and upon the signal from the driver, unfasten any restraint system, enter the aisle, and go directly to the exit.
- Riders should be alert for traffic when leaving the bus and shall follow the district’s transportation safety plan when crossing the road and exiting the bus.
- Per State law, if a student needs to cross the street, students must cross in front of the bus with and as directed by the School Bus Driver. It is the sole responsibility of the School Bus Driver to escort students across the street when necessary. No one else can assume this responsibility.
- Students should never approach a moving bus. Once the door is closed and the bus is moving, students should return to their home or school. A student should never run after the bus.
Consequences for Misconduct
Riders who fail to comply with the above rules shall be reported via a Bus Conduct Referral to the school Principal. The Principal will collaborate with the Transportation Supervisor or Director, as necessary, to determine the severity of the misconduct and appropriate consequences:
- The first incident shall result in a conference with the Principal or designee. At that time the student will be warned of the possible loss of the privilege of riding the bus if a second report is issued. Serious infractions may result in a bus suspension.
- The second incident report may result in a minimum one-week loss of bus riding privileges (five school days).
- The third incident report may result in a minimum two-week loss of bus riding privileges (10 school days).
- The fourth incident report may result in a permanent loss of bus riding privileges for the rest of the year.
A one day suspension may be issued by the driver for a safety infraction that involves danger to the driver or to other students.
Bus drivers shall not deny transportation services except as directed by the Principal or designee.
Bus Surveillance Systems
The Superintendent or designee shall monitor the use and maintenance of the District’s bus surveillance system. Students are prohibited from tampering with the bus surveillance system. Any student found tampering with the system shall be subject to discipline and shall be responsible for the costs of any necessary repairs or replacement.
Camera supports may be installed in all buses. Cameras may be rotated among the buses and activated at the discretion of the Superintendent or designee.
The content of any recording is a student record and may only be accessed in accordance with the district’s policy and administrative regulation concerning student records.