The Transportation Department operates 27 regular school buses transporting over 1,000 students daily.
For the safety and welfare of all concerned, good conduct is expected at all times on school buses. A student’s privilege to ride a bus is contingent upon good behavior. If a student misbehaves, he will be subject to discipline under the Discipline Ladder, as well as the School Bus Discipline Ladder, which may include loss of the privilege of riding the bus. Students who come to school on the bus should return home on the bus unless they have a note from the parents. The student should present the signed note to the principal’s office and to the teacher on after-school duty.
When a student is suspended from riding the bus for disciplinary reasons, this means the student is not allowed to ride any bus in the Corinth School District. If your child is suspended from riding the bus, he/she must be picked up by 3:45 p.m. The parent is responsible for providing transportation to and from school during the bus suspension period. If a parent fails to pick up his child promptly, the appropriate official agencies will be contacted.
Students should observe the following rules and instructions when loading and unloading school buses:
- Be at your assigned loading zone on time.
- Exercise extreme caution in getting to and from your assigned bus stop.
- Look in both directions before stepping from behind parked cars.
- Stay well off the roadway until the bus comes to complete stop and the bus driver indicates that it is safe to board.
- Do not play on or near the road where there is a sidewalk or pathway.
- Look in both directions before crossing any roadway.
- Never walk on the road when there is a sidewalk or pathway.
- Always walk on the left side of the road, facing oncoming traffic and step off the road when a motor vehicle approaches.
- Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before trying to load or unload.
- Use the handrail while getting on and off the bus.
- If possible, wear white or light colored clothing and carry a flashlight when you walk on the roadway at night in order that the motoring public might be aware of your presence.
- When you must cross the road to enter the bus, or after leaving the bus, always cross in front of the bus.
Students should observe the following rules regarding conduct on school buses:
1. Respect your bus driver and school property.
2. Remain seated in your assigned seat at all times.
3. Do not distract the driver’s attention, except in an emergency.
4. Talk to your friends in a normal tone and do not shout.
5. Do not talk or make unnecessary noise when the bus is approaching and crossing a railroad or a highway intersection.
6. Keep head, hands, and articles inside the bus and to yourself.
7. Do not bring unauthorized articles on the bus, i.e., pets, combustibles, large articles, weapons.
8. Do not smoke or use profane language.
9. Do not fight or scuffle.
10. Be courteous to and follow the instructions of your bus driver and safety patrol.
In addition to action taken under the regular Discipline Ladder, students committing infractions or misconduct on school buses shall be subject to discipline under the following School Bus Discipline Ladder:
- Step 1: Warning referral sent to parents from bus driver and principal/assistant principal. For Corinth Elementary School students, after Step 1 the student may also be required to attend a Safe Bus Procedures class.
- Step 2: 3 day suspension from riding any school bus.
- Step 3: 5 day suspension from riding any school bus.
- Step 4: 10 day suspension from riding any school bus.
- Step 5: 20 day suspension from riding any school bus.
- Step 6: Suspension from transportation for the remainder of the school year.
Severity Clause – Any action deemed severe may result in student going straight to steps 3-6.
*Probation for any bus suspension will be 10 school days.
*Repeated bus offenses are subject to begin at steps 3-6.
If a student brings a knife, box-cutter, etc. onto a bus, he/she will be suspended from riding a bus for a minimum of one month (20 school days). Being involved in a fight on a school bus will result in a suspension from buses for a minimum of one week and from school as determined by the principal. Continued misconduct will result in an indefinite suspension from buses and/or school.