1011 6th Street – phone: (515) 433 – 0889
Transportation Director: Mike Kennedy
Transportation by school bus is provided for children at the school’s expense for those who live more than two miles from the High School located at 500 Seventh Street or students who go to the Middle School located at 1640 1st Street. School bus transportation is solely for those children who are eligible to ride. Parents of children, or the children themselves, who live within the two-mile limit, should not request permission to use the school bus for any purpose. In-town shuttle buses are available for students who are required to attend classes in a building other than their neighborhood attendance center.
Transportation Request Form
The Boone Community School District requires the Transportation Request Form to be filled out before a transportation request can be approved for any event or activity that transportation will be required. This form must be filled out completely, signed by the building administrator, and then sent to firstname.lastname@example.org at least TWO WEEKS PRIOR to date of trip.
Rules and Procedures
Each school day more than 500 students grades K-12, travel on regular bus routes in the Boone School District. You may be one of the frequent bus riders or travel by bus only on field trips and other occasions. Whatever the reason, it is important that all riders follow basic rules to ensure that safety is maintained. Our goal is to provide safe and efficient transportation for students. School bus safety is a shared responsibility among students, parents, and the bus driver. All students utilizing the transportation services are expected to follow the safety guidelines.
Guidelines for Parents and Students
At the Bus Stop
- Be on time at the bus stop. Drivers have other passengers to pick up and cannot wait.
- Wait in a safe place, clear of traffic, and several feet away from the curb.
- If you must cross the street to get to the bus, wait for the bus to come to a compete stop, check for other traffic, watch for directions from the driver, and walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus.
Boarding and Leaving the Bus
- Wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before attempting to enter or leave the bus. Form a single line. DO NOT PUSH.
- Be courteous toward all other riders.
- Enter or leave the bus only at the front door, except in case of an emergency.
- Go directly to your seat; do not block the aisles.
- Keep musical instruments and other large items on your lap unless the driver gives you other directions.
- Leave the bus only with the driver’s consent.
- Students are only allowed to be picked up and dropped off at their designated stop unless there is written permission from a parent or school official. Likewise, students may only ride their designated bus.
Riding the Bus
- Obey the bus driver at all times.
- Remain in your assigned seat while the bus is in motion, face forward, and sit flat on your bottom.
- Talk quietly with students nearby. Avoid unnecessary disturbing noises, which could distract the driver.
- When crossing railroad tracks, do not talk.
- Use school appropriate language—no swearing or inappropriate comments.
- Keep hands, feet and head inside the bus.
- Help keep the bus clean. Refrain from eating or drinking on the bus. Throw papers or other items in the trash.
- Treat bus equipment as though it were valued furniture from home. Any damage to a bus by a student will be billed to the parent or guardian.
Bus Disciplinary Action
The transportation of students on buses is very serious. For everyone’s safety, bus rules must be followed. Boone students who do not follow bus expectations put the driver and fellow students at risk. Boone students who do not follow bus rules may lose their riding privileges. Following are the discipline action procedures for district transportation.
If disciplinary action is necessary, the drive will offer a verbal reprimand, give examples of positive choices, may assign a seat or change an assigned seat, and will notify the parent/guardian by note, email, or telephone call.
- 1st Offense: Phone call to parents, a letter home to parents and a conference with the driver, student, and copy of letter to principal.
- 2nd Offense: 3 days off the bus, a phone call to parents, a letter home, and copy of the letter to principal and transportation director.
- 3rd Offense: Student is off the bus for a minimum of 10 active school days up to the maximum of the remainder of the semester. A phone call to parents and the principal from the transportation director.
If student’s offense is determined by the transportation director to be severe,
suspension of bus privileges could be immediate. Severe acts may result in further or more severe disciplinary action.
The Boone Community School District Board of Education has authorized the use of video cameras on school district buses. The video cameras will be used to monitor student behavior to maintain order on the school buses to promote and maintain a safe environment. Students and parents are hereby notified that the content of the videotapes may be used in a student disciplinary proceeding. The content of the videotapes is confidential student records and will be retained with other student records. Videotapes will only be retained if necessary for use in a student disciplinary proceeding or other matter as determined necessary by the administration. Parents may request to view videotapes of their child if the videotapes are used in a disciplinary proceeding involving their child.
Please discuss these procedures with your child to ensure their understanding of the importance of bus safety. We need to ensure that every child has a safe and pleasant ride to and from school.