The following represents a summary of each school principal’s responsibilities related to pupil transportation:
- Enforce board policies relating to the transportation of children
- Assist the Transportation Department in providing a school bus safety program and enforce its regulations
- Work with the Transportation Supervisor resolving problems relating to the transportation of children
- Maintain proper standards of pupil conduct on a school bus in cooperation with Transportation Department staff
- Help students recognize the important duties of the bus driver and respect for his/her directions
- Provide for supervision of loading and unloading school buses with the assistance of school staff
- Support the school bus driver in taking whatever disciplinary action is necessary in order to maintain behavior on a school bus. Assigning seats may be warranted in specific instances.
- Enforce the regulations prohibiting the transportation of large and/or hazardous items on buses
- Notify parents as soon as possible if students who ride buses are to be detained after school for any reason
- Consult with parents concerning infractions of safety rules committed by their children. If a student is suspended from the privilege of riding a school bus by the Principal the suspension shall be communicated directly to the parent or guardian of the child. It is the district’s practice that a suspension shall not become effective until proper notification is made to the parent or guardian. See Disciplinary Procedures for more information.
- Report to the Transportation Department all violations relating to the safe operation of buses assigned to transport children.
- Conduct bus safety drills in conjunction with the Transportation Department Staff as outlined under Title 8. Section 156.3 of the Educational Law.