Williamsville Central School District

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Student Conduct

Adoption Date: 7/7/2009
7000 - Students

7340 BUS RULES AND REGULATIONS

The Williamsville Central School District furnishes transportation to those students whose disability or distance from the school make the service essential. Except as otherwise mandated in a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP), riding these buses is a privilege and may be withdrawn if the student does not comply with the rules and regulations set forth in this District.

The District is responsible for each student from the time he/she boards the bus at the pick-up point until he/she leaves the school bus at the drop-off point.

Bus drivers shall be held responsible for reasonable and acceptable behavior of students while riding the school bus. Students riding school buses are expected to conform to the rules of conduct in order to permit the bus driver to transport his/her passengers safely.

In order to ensure student safety, the Board of Education directs that:

  1. Rules of conduct for bus riders will be established by the Superintendent of Schools and distributed to all students before or during the first week of school each year.
  2. Students who violate rules of conduct for bus riders may be suspended from bus riding privileges for a maximum of five (5) days for any one (1) offense. Repeated or flagrant violators may be suspended for periods of time longer than five (5) days.
  3. Suspension from bus riding privileges up to five (5) days may be given by Building Principals or, in the case of private school students, by the Principal or Transportation Supervisor. Suspension for periods of time greater than five days may be given only by the Superintendent of Schools. Such long-term suspensions will be given only after a conference with the parents of the student.
  4. Students suspended from bus privileges are required to continue in attendance in school.
  5. The Superintendent will develop guidelines for school bus drivers for disciplining students and procedures for reporting incidents needing administrative attention to the appropriate school officials.
The Board of Education, the Superintendent and/or his/her designee has the authority to suspend the transportation privileges of children who are disorderly and insubordinate on buses. Generally, parent(s)/guardian(s) will be required to make alternative transportation arrangements for their children who have been suspended from riding the bus. However, the effect of a suspension from transportation on the student's ability to attend school will be considered. If a suspension from transportation effectively results in a suspension from attendance because of the distance between the home and the school and the absence of alternative public or private means of transportation, the District shall make appropriate arrangements to provide for the student's education.

If a student with a disability who receives transportation as a related service as part of his/her Individualized Education Program is being considered for suspension from transportation, and that suspension would effectively result in a change in placement, the student shall be referred to the Committee on Special Education.

The Board directs the administration to establish rules and regulations for student conduct on buses, including applicable due process rights to be afforded students suspended from transportation privileges. These rules and regulations shall be promulgated to all concerned, including the non-public schools to which students are transported.

Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), 20 United States Code (USC) Sections 1400-1485
8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Section 156

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