Responsibility of the School Bus Driver
Article VI-8, Arizona Revised Statutes, reads:“The driver of any school bus shall be held responsible for the orderly conduct and safety of the pupils transported. Continued disorderly conduct or refusing to respect the authority of the school bus driver shall be sufficient reason for the pupil to be denied transportation. All adult passengers, such as coaches, teachers, etc., are also under the authority of the school bus driver.”
According to School Board Policy, Prescott Unified School District will transport ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS who live more than one mile radius from their school, and MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS who live more than a two mile radius from their school, if roads permit and a sufficient number of students ride. The district will publish a list of bus stops and route times before the school year begins. Bus routes are published in the local newspaper and are also posted at all school offices. For further information on bus routes, please call the PUSD transportation department at 717-3229. If there is a major change in bus schedules during the school year, revised schedules will be sent home with the students prior to the changes going into effect, whenever possible.
It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to assure that students are at their bus loading zones five (5) minutes prior to loading time (as listed on bus schedules) for morning pick-up.
Students waiting at bus loading zones are the responsibility of the parents/ guardians unless the loading zone is on school property.
It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to assure that their children are aware of the location of their bus stop. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS shall not exit the bus at a stop not designated to be their regular stop unless a handwritten note from the parents/guardians is presented to the bus driver prior to boarding. A student who intentionally exits at the wrong stop for any reason without permission will receive written notice.
The following list of rules is posted in all school buses and must be followed at all times. Bus drivers will ensure that all students are familiar with and understand these rules:
- Obey the bus driver at all times.
- No profane language or gestures.
- No eating, drinking or spitting on bus.
- No glass containers. No littering.
- No smoking.
- No animals, insects or reptiles.
- No skateboards.
- No destruction of property (bus or that of other riders).
- Stay seated.
- Keep all parts of the body inside the bus at all times.
- Bus driver may assign seats.
- Conduct yourself as though you were in the classroom.