School Bus Code of Conduct

The Board of Trustees of School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) expect that every person who uses the District bus services will ensure that each bus trip is a safe and pleasant experience for all passengers and driver.  Every person using the bus will demonstrate a concern for safety and respect for their fellow passengers and their bus by observing the following rules and regulations.

1.   Riders should arrive at their stop 5 minutes prior the posted pick-up time and line up and enter the bus in an orderly manner.

2.   A student rider will only be allowed to disembark at their designated school or stop unless the parent/guardian has given prior written or personal approval or with permission of the School Administration.  Riders must never follow or attempt to stop a bus after they have disembarked.

3.   Riders shall sit in the seats assigned by the driver and will co-operate with the driver in accommodating other students' seating needs. (Example B seating three to a seat.)  Seats may be assigned at the driver=s discretion.

4.   Riders must remain seated and orderly at all times when bus is in motion so the driver will not be distracted.

5.   Eating of lunches and snacks may be allowed at the discretion of the driver.  If abused, this privilege shall be suspended.  Students shall leave no litter on the bus.  Any dropped items, that roll, should be reported to the driver at the next stop.

6.   Small band instruments or other carry on items contained in an appropriate fashion and that can be easily accommodated in the lap of the rider may be taken on the school bus.  (Examples listed below.)

  • Will fit on a student=s lap safely
  • Not be above the seat in front
  • Must be properly housed or contained in an approved case/container
  • Will not impede the safe use of the seat with fellow student(s)

7.   Smoking and the lighting of fires, matches or lighters, is strictly prohibited.

8.   The consumption or transport of alcohol, drugs/narcotics or any illegal substances is strictly prohibited.

9.   Students not using the bussing system on a regular basis will not be guaranteed a seat.  Regular = 4 days p/week.

10.  The Principal may, upon written request from the parent, give the student permission to ride the bus for a special reason.  Such request should not be frequent and must adhere to existing bus routes and stops.

11.  Students may be told to cross the road in the front of the bus while the red flashing lights are activated and traffic is stopped.

Standard of Student Conduct at School Bus Stops

Students shall abide by the same code of behaviour as would be expected at their schools.  The School Principal has the authority under the School Act, Section 5.3 to discipline any student who misbehaves both to and from school, which includes at or near a bus stop.

NOTE:  Each driver has complete authority over his/her bus.  Principals and Vice-Principals at each school recognize and support the Driver=s authority over all passengers.  The Safety of All Passengers Will Not Be Compromised.  Should any student not comply with the Code of Conduct outlined above, the Driver and/or Principal may suspend riding privileges or initiate other disciplinary measures.


Dear Parent/Guardian:                                                                               Date: ________________________

Please sign this form indicating you have read and agree with the above Code of Conduct for Bus Students  Please return this portion to your childs Bus Driver before ASAP or bus privileges may be denied.

Students Name (Please Print) _______________________________Student=s Signature: ____________________

Parent/Guardian Signature _______________________________

Physical Address: _____________________________________________________________________________

Phone Number: _____________________ Emergency Phone Contact: ___________________________________

School: ___________________ Grade: ____  Bus Stop: __________________________ Route Number: ________

Amendment/Sept. 2002

Last Modified: Aug 25, 2011