WIMBERLEY ISD TRANSPORTATION
Rules & Procedures
The Wimberley ISD Transportation Department is committed to ensuring the safety and well being of each student. All students being transported by District transportation vehicles are under the authority of the bus driver/monitor and must comply with his/her requests. Procedures and safety rules help ensure the safety and protection of each student. Failure to meet these standards or follow the rules and procedures may result in student conflict or injuries and may also cause delays or distractions to the driver. Any student failing to follow the rules and procedures will be written up on a Bus Conduct Report that will be turned into the campus. The campus administrator will determine the appropriate disciplinary measures which may include temporary or permanent removal of transportation privileges.
Waiting to Load
- Arrive at the stop five minutes earlier than scheduled loading time. Remain out of the street and respect the property and owner of the property where the stop is located.
- When the bus approaches, stay away from the curb and the front wheels of the bus. Get in line when the bus approaches and wait until the bus has come to a complete stop and the driver signals before crossing and boarding.
- Board carefully and use the handrail. Be courteous and do not push or shove while moving to your assigned seat.
Riding the Bus
- Remain completely seated, facing forward, with all body parts inside the bus. Do not extend any body parts through bus windows or out into the aisle of the bus. Standing or moving from seat-to-seat while the bus is in motion is not permitted.
- Respect the rights of others. Do not violate others’ space, nor physically or emotionally cause harm.
- In the event, another student or students cause a distraction to the driver, do not participate in this behavior.
- Refrain from unnecessary conversation with the bus driver.
- Store all carry‐on book bags and/or lunch bags/boxes in your lap or an area designated by the driver.
- Never allow items to block an exit window, emergency exit, or any part of the aisle. This would delay prompt exiting of the bus in the event of an emergency.
- Follow all instructions/requests of the driver and/or monitor.
- Never throw anything while on the bus.
- No food or drinks, besides water, are permitted on the bus.
- Contribute to maintaining a clean bus.
- Do not bring glass containers or animals on the bus.
- Talk in normal tone‐of‐voice without using vulgar or obscene language.
- As the bus approaches your stop, gather your belongings while remaining seated until the bus has come to a complete stop.
- Move to the door in a timely, orderly fashion so other traffic will not be delayed. Use the handrail while departing the bus.
- Step down carefully and walk directly away from the bus never walking alongside the bus or anywhere within 3 feet of the tires.
- If you must cross the road, move at least 15 feet in front of the bus and wait for the driver’s signal to cautiously move in front of the bus in view of the driver. Check right and left and then wait for the driver to signal a second time that it is safe to cross the road.
- All students riding a school bus that is equipped with seat belts for all passengers will be required to wear them at all times.
- The bus driver and monitor will instruct each student on the proper use of the seatbelt. How to get on and off routinely and in the event of an emergency.
- Students who refuse to wear a seatbelt will be subject to disciplinary measures by the campus administrator.
Policy & Procedures
- A parent/guardian, or an authorized adult, must be present at the morning and afternoon bus stop for all students assigned to the Special Education Program, and students in Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd If no one is at the stop to meet the bus, the student will be driven on the bus back to the Transportation Office for the parent/guardian to pick up.
- Students in Pre-K through 2nd grade that have an older sibling on the bus may board and exit the bus with their older sibling.
- Parents/guardians of students who damage transportation vehicles are responsible for retribution to WISD.
Changes in Routes/Stops
- Students who plan/desire to go to another destination other than their regular destination must submit a written request to their campus office from their parents/guardians. This permission request will be approved or denied by campus officials. If approved, campus staff will provide the student with a WISD BUS PASS to board the bus. Bus drivers will only accept bus passes from the campus. No handwritten notes from parents will be accepted.
- Video cameras may be installed in District transportation vehicles as a tool in maintaining safe student conduct. In the event that an incident occurs, videotapes will be retained, and segments of the tape may be provided to the campus administrator. Data recorded on these tapes is considered confidential and is not released outside the campus/department, in accordance with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) laws.