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Students who have the opportunity to ride school buses may do so as long as they display behaviour that is reasonable and safe.

The responsibility for student supervision shall begin when the student boards the bus in the morning and is retained until the student leaves the bus at the end of the day. NOTE: As stated in the Ontario School Code of Conduct the bus is an extension of the school day. The bus driver reports to the principal and has the authority to assign seats. School Board policies will be strictly enforced on the school bus as well as at school.

Offenses Consequences
1. Spitting;
2. Excessive horseplay;
3. Excessive noise;
4. False identification;
5. Riding unassigned bus without permission or using unassigned bus stop;
6. Eating or drinking on the bus;
7. Leaving seat/standing while bus is in motion;
8. Profanity, verbal abuse, harassment, obscene gestures or possession of unacceptable material;
9. Blocking of aisles;
10. Lack of respect of others on bus;
11. Disobeying driver and/or monitor;
12. Putting hand out of the window and/or touching bus equipment (emergency door handle, etc.)
13. Other offences as reported by driver or principal and/or scenarios that impede safe school bus riding

a. First Offence
Warning or 1-5 days suspension

b. Second Offence
5-10 days suspension

c. Third Offence
10 days minimum suspension
Possible loss of all bus service
Parent/Principal meeting

d. Fourth Offence
Indefinite loss of bus service

Level 2 Offences

1. Hanging out of windows;
2. Throwing/shooting of any object;
3. Physical aggression against any person;
4. Lighting of matches, lighters, firecrackers or any flammable object or substance;
5. Holding onto or attempting to hold onto any portion of the exterior of the bus;
6. Unauthorized entering or leaving bus through emergency door/tampering of the equipment;
7. Constant opposition to authority;
8. Riding or attempting to ride any bus after receiving a suspension;
9. Other offences as reported by the driver or principal and/or scenarios that impede safe school bus riding;
10. Bullying;
11. Any offence committed on any bus outside of regular transportation to and from school (activity, field trip, shuttles, (etc.) will carry a minimum penalty of a level 2 offence.

a. First Offence
Warning or 1-5 days suspension

b. Second Offence
5-10 days suspension

c. Third Offence 10 days minimum suspension
Possible loss of all bus service
Parent/Principal meeting

d. Fourth Offence
Indefinite loss of bus service

Level 3 Offences

As stated in the Ontario School Code of Conduct the bus is an extension of the school day. The school principal is therefore required to consult the mandatory suspension in the Ontario Safe Schools Act for the following offences.
1. Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person;
2. Possession of alcohol or illegal drugs;
3. Being under the influence of alcohol;
4. Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority (school bus driver);
5. Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property (extends to the school bus) reinstatement may follow only once the damage is paid for by the student, parent or guardian) the school will also contact the police;
6. Engaging in another activity that, under a policy of the board, is one for which a suspension is mandatory. Indefinite or possible permanent suspension
Indefinite or possible permanent suspension

 

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