Columbia Schools Transportation Department
April Becherer, Director of Transportation
Brenda Trehearne, Transportation Administrative Assistant
Steve Lake, Fleet Maintenance & Safety Coordinator
Office Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 4:o0 p.m. during school year
Please be at your bus stop FIVE (5) MINUTES before the designated pick-up time.
*** NEW: KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE 2 STUDENTS MUST HAVE A DESIGNATED PERSON AT AFTERNOON DROP-OFF. The person can be a parent or parent designated individual such as a sibling, neighbor, or babysitter that is Grade 5 or above.
*** NEW: THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT WILL DO THEIR BEST TO NOTIFY PARENTS EITHER BY PHONE OR EMAIL IF THE AFTERNOON BUS DROP OFF IS DELAYED BEYOND 15 MINUTES.
Provide at all times for the safety and welfare of students.
Obey traffic laws and driving regulations.
Follow the regular route and time schedule as rigidly as conditions permit.
Report infractions of bus rules to the Transportation Director.
Seating is assigned by bus driver in consultation with Building Principals.
STUDENTS' AND PARENTS' RESPONSIBILITIES:
Be at the bus stop and ready to board the bus at the proper time.
Board and leave the bus at assigned bus stops.
Parents are to provide a signed note to the teacher AND bus driver if their child will be riding a different bus or getting off at a different location.
Parents are to provide NOTES if a non-bus rider will be riding home with their child.
Be careful walking to the school bus stop; wait until the bus is at a complete stop before attempting to enter the bus.
Line-up quietly on the sidewalk or designated area. Keep off private property and conduct yourself in a safe manner while waiting on the bus.
WHILE ON THE BUS, STUDENTS' SHALL OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING RULES:
Obey the bus driver. The bus is an extension of the classroom, observe classroom conduct.
Remain seated at all times until the bus comes to a complete stop.
Avoid all unnecessary noise. No profane language.
Never stick hands, arms or any part of the body out of the windows or doors.
Never touch or tamper with the bus or any of the bus equipment.
No fighting, hitting or horseplay.
Never throw anything out of the window.
Remain silent at railroad crossings.
No eating or drinking on the bus. (Bottled water will be allowed)
No trading cards of any kind will be permitted.
WHEN I LEAVE THE BUS I WILL:
Be careful leaving the bus and go directly to my house.
When crossing in front of the bus I will look and wait for the proper signal from the driver, and then cross 10 feet in front of the bus looking both ways to make sure all traffic is stopped. I will not cross behind the bus as this is very dangerous.
I will get off only at the stop that is assigned to me.
TRANSPORTATION IS A PRIVILEGE. FOR THE SAFETY & WELFARE OF EVERYONE RIDING, THIS PRIVILEGE MUST NOT BE ABUSED.
AFTER THE DRIVER HAS GIVEN REPEATED VERBAL WARNINGS AND CONFERRED WITH THE TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR:
A written report will be turned in to the Transportation Office and a copy sent to the Building Principal. Student discipline (including student removal from the bus) may result.
Based upon severity of the student infraction, a written report may be submitted to the Building Principal on first offense.