WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS
BUS CODE OF CONDUCT

(Parents will be notified of all occurrences)

Please note:  Infractions on the bus may be subject to the Wilson County Schools’ Code of Conduct as well as the Bus Code of Conduct at the discretion of the Principal.

 

Unauthorized Departure from a Bus*

  • STEP 1: Notice to Parents and Conference with Student
  • STEP 2: 1-5 day bus suspension
  • STEP 3: 10 day bus suspension
  • STEP 4: Bus suspension for the balance of the year

*The Severity of some actions may result in disciplinary action starting at Step 2.

Destruction of Property

  • STEP 1:  Payment and 5 Day Bus Suspension
  • STEP 2:  Payment and Bus Suspension for balance of the year

Fighting / Assault / Bullying / Harassment / Aggressive Behavior 

  • STEP 1:  5-10 day bus suspension
  • STEP 2:  10-20 day bus suspension
  • STEP 3:  Bus suspension for balance of the year

Smoking / Use of Tobacco

  • STEP 1:  5 day bus suspension
  • STEP 2:  10 day bus suspension
  • STEP 3:  Bus suspension for balance of the year

Verbal Abuse of Drive

  • STEP 1:  5 day bus suspension
  • STEP 2:  10 day bus suspension
  • STEP 3:  Bus suspension for balance of the year

Getting out of seat, profanity, throwing objects, yelling, hands/head out of window, eating, drinking, littering,

tripping, pushing, excessive mischief, or other distractions that may be safety concerns.

  • STEP 1:  Notice to parents and conference with student
  • STEP 2:  1-5 day bus suspension
  • STEP 3:  5-10 day bus suspension
  • STEP 4:  Bus suspension for balance of the year

Alcohol/Drugs (POSSESSION/USE OF/TRANSMISSION OF) on the bus – THIS WILL BE DEALT WITH IN ACCORDANCE WITH SCHOOL BOARD POLICY ON ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

  • NOTE:  School buses shall not transport any items, animals, materials, or equipment, which in any way would endanger the life, health, or safety of the passengers and driver.  These would include sharp objects, live animals/reptiles/creatures/bugs, and glass items, large instruments or boxes which would take space intended for a student, and anything flammable, such as helium balloons.  Umbrellas must be secured and pencils and pens must be in purses or book bags.

Wilson County Schools Transportation Procedures

Bus stops:

Bus stops are established with maximum consideration given to safety, efficiency and convenience to riders.

  • Stops are normally at least two-tenths of a miles apart
  • The capacity of the bus helps determine the student load
  • The length of time riders spend on the bus is taken into consideration
  • The width of the road or street helps determine the route and stop location
  • Safest possible bus stop is always top priority

At the bus stop:

  • Students should arrive at the morning bus stop 10 minutes early. Out of respect to other riders and to school start times, the bus driver is not permitted to wait
  • Keep all articles off the roadway, and remain clear of traffic.
  • Wait until the bus stops and walk to the door in an orderly fashion, do not walk towards the bus until it comes to a complete stop.
  • Students living on the opposite side of the road from the bus stop should wait on their side until the bus arrives and wait until the driver signals them to cross.
  • Students may use only the stop nearest their residence unless they get written permission from their principal and provide a boarding pass to the bus driver.
  • Do not disturb nearby residents by making excessive noise.
  • Do not damage personal property.
  • Unauthorized conduct, such as fighting or property damage, may be subject to action by the school as well as police.
  • Afternoon bus arrival times may vary because of weather or traffic conditions. Receivers should plan to be at the bus stop 15 to 20 minutes before the scheduled arrival time.
  • If a receiver is late to the bus stop, he/she can get information from the Transportation staff at 615-443-2622 for instructions on how to pick up their student.

On the bus:

  • Students are not permitted to use cell phones or other personal communication devices onboard that will distract the driver.
  • No cameras or taking photos with any device is permitted
  • The bus driver may assign seats, and riders will share seats as directed.
  • Neither the driver/monitor nor students are permitted to use tobacco products or e-cigarettes on the bus.
  • Eating and drinking is not allowed.
  • Weapons, explosives and any dangerous articles are prohibited.
  • No animals or other items that might frighten other riders or distract the driver are allowed.
  • Nothing may be placed in the aisle of the bus or emergency exits
  • Profanity and obscene gestures are prohibited.
  • Excessive noise, as determined by the driver, is prohibited.
  • Riders will never use the rear emergency exit except upon the direction of the driver or bus attendant.
  • Zero tolerance for Harassment/Bullying and may be cause for permanent suspension of riding privileges.

Additional Information:

Riding a school bus is a privilege. Students who violate pertinent rules may be subject to disciplinary action.

Disruptive riders on the school bus:

The privilege of riding a school bus is extended to students who qualify according to the policies of Wilson County Schools. Students who violate pertinent rules may be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension of bus riding privileges.

Whenever the driver determines an unsafe condition exists, the bus must be stopped until the situation is remedied. The driver may seek assistance from the Transportation Division. Drivers also may request the removal of students responsible for the unsafe condition; they will be transported by separate bus to the school or to the bus terminal at which time the parent or legal guardian will be responsible for arrangements to pick the child up. Remember, riding the bus is a privilege.

Any condition that, if permitted to continue, could result in injury to a student is considered unsafe. Some examples:

  • Failing to carry out the driver’s instructions.
  • Failing to remain properly seated.
  • Throwing items inside or out of the bus.
  • Fighting, yelling and loud talking.
  • Extending body parts out the window.
  • Damaging any part of the bus.
  • Improperly exiting the bus.
  • Intimidating, Bullying or harassing other students.

Parents/Guardians with transportation questions may contact the Transportation office at 615-443-2622 between 6 a.m. and  3p.m. Monday through Friday.

Safety Matters:

How important are parents at the stop?

Safety awareness around the bus stop increases with the addition of adult supervision. When possible, accompany your children while they wait for the bus. Students are to be at the bus stop 10 minutes before the scheduled bus time in the morning, and adult receivers should be there 15 to 20 minutes before the scheduled bus time in the afternoon. Receivers who may be running late can get information about the bus location by calling 615-443-2622

What are the big yellow and big red lights?

The yellow lights are called the “Amber” lights. These lights are activated 200 ft. before each stop to let everyone know something is about to happen, we are preparing to stop. The “big red” lights will activate when the school bus comes to a complete stop and students are ready to board. Please be aware that children might be crossing the road and it is illegal to pass a school bus that is loading when the red lights are flashing and the stop arm is out. Motorists must stop and remain stopped until the bus driver turns off the big red warning lights which will indicate that the students are onboard and it is safe for the motorist to proceed on their trip. Under no circumstances will the driver motion for the motorist to continue.

Let’s use these extra precautions.

Please emphasize to students the importance of looking both directions for traffic, twice.

Whether they are on the way to the bus stop, walking to school or being delivered to schools or bus stops anytime children are present, they are in danger and they are unpredictable. Sometimes kids have tunnel vision and they maneuver in between cars creating a hazard. Always be aware of your surroundings.

If we are consistent in this process, we can ensure the safety of our students.

Thank you for your continued support.

Parents/Guardians who need to add a student to transportation or change pick-up or drop-off locations must go through the student’s school office to make request.

The school will confirm request with custodial parent(s)/Guardian(s) and check emergency contact information. The school will contact the transportation department with request for change.  Any time a request for deviation of a regular bus route is requested, the principal must sign a boarding pass to be given to the driver to include pertinent information such as:  bus number, student name, stop location and time frame for the change to take place.  Bus drivers are prohibited from accepting notes from the parent or guardian.  All deviations must be approved by the principal.

The Wilson County Board of Education has authorized the establishment and utilization of 2/10 of a mile parent responsibility walk zones from a student’s home to an assigned bus pick-up and drop-off point. These walk zones are used to better utilize county equipment. Safety concerns with assigned pick-up and drop-off locations can be reported to the transportation department and will be investigated by the Director of Transportation who will have final say as to the location of bus stops.

Wilson County Schools Transportation Department will not pick-up or drop-off student(s) at daycare centers on private property, or enter gated communities.