- Arrive at bus stop five (5) minutes before scheduled time.
- Students should wait at least 10 feet back from the curb.
- Never run after a moving school bus.
- Stay off the road and do not play at the bus stop.
- Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the red lights are flashing before approaching the bus.
- Make sure you can see the driver and that the driver can see you.
- If you must cross the road, always look both ways when crossing.
- If you drop anything near the bus, make sure you ask the driver permission to retrieve it. The driver should see you at all times
- When getting on and off the bus, always walk—no running or pushing.
- Choose a seat quickly and remain seated facing forward when the bus is in motion.
- Talk quietly to your neighbors. Do not scream or shout.
- Never hang hands or head out of an open bus window.
- Never throw anything out of the school bus windows.
- Students should not eat or drink anything while on the school bus.
- When departing the bus, move away from the bus immediately after disembarking.
- Go directly home after departing the bus.
Special Tips for Younger Riders:
- Have your child carry a card with his/her name, address, and phone number on it in the event that the child boards the wrong bus.
- Reinforce and review basic safety rules prior to riding.
- Have an adult accompany the child to/from the bus stop.
- Have a contingency plan in place if no one is home. Make arrangements with a neighbor and inform the driver and school before the need arises.
- Remind your child never to go near a moving bus or under a stopped bus.
- Younger children sometimes fall asleep on the bus or inadvertently board the wrong bus. Don’t panic if your child doesn’t get off the bus. Inform the driver immediately and they will notify others via two-way radio and will check their bus to see if your child is sleeping. If you miss notifying the driver, call the school immediately and let them know the circumstances.
- Be familiar with the school calendar, especially early dismissals and weather-related dismissals or late arrivals.
- Inform the school and the driver of any special circumstances relating to your child, i.e., medical problems, PFAs, joint custody arrangements, etc.
The development and maintenance of self-discipline is an integral aspect of learning. Efforts at such development are not only critical to a student’s growth as a learner, but are essential to maintain a school climate that encourages learning for all students. No student should be in an environment that makes him/her feel unsafe, intimidated, or abused. It is the practice of the Manheim Township School District to maintain an environment in which bullying in any form is not tolerated. Students engaging in this behavior may be subject to disciplinary actions including, but not limited to: loss of bus riding privileges, parent conference, detention, suspension, or expulsion from school.
“Bullying” means intentional and repeated hurtful or intimidating words, acts or other behaviors, such as name-calling, threats and/or deliberate ostracism, committed by one or more students against another student. The District prohibits all forms of bullying of students on school property, at school functions, and on District and contracted vehicles. If a driver observes an act of bullying, or if a student informs a driver that he/she has witnessed or is the target of bullying behavior, the bus driver shall report the incident to the school principal, complete a “Bus Student Behavior Report” and provide this to the Transportation Coordinator by the close of the school day. The Supervisor will immediately fax the information to the proper school principal and follow up with a phone call. If a driver observes an act of bullying, he/she may intervene immediately, if feasible, or when the bus is parked safely at its destination. The principal will interview the students involved and thoroughly investigate. This investigation may include interviews with additional students, parents, and the driver.