Britton Deerfield School District
Administrative Guidelines
 

8606 - TRANSPORTATION FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS

Transportation and bus behavior are normally an integral part of the student's program. Because of the significance of this service for maintaining effective programs for the variety of disabling conditions, the principal should be involved with the IEPC team to assist in providing answers to such questions as:

 

A.

Can the child be transported safely, given the transportation environment and the nature of the disabling condition?

     
 

B.

What medical, health, physical, or behavioral factors could expose the student to unreasonable risk, given the anticipated transportation environment?

     
 

C.

What assistive or adaptive equipment is necessary to accommodate the student during the transportation process, can it be safely transported and secured, and are there adequate instructions to ensure its proper use?

S/He can also be helpful in incorporating behavioral transportation goals into the IEP's and determining appropriate means of discipline, including the possible removal from a vehicle.

As participants in and recipients of special education planning, transportation staff need to be advised that the information they deal with is confidential and protected by Federal law.

BEHAVIORAL MANAGEMENT

Managing student behavior on the bus should be done primarily through teaching appropriate bus-riding skills. Learning the skills necessary to ride the school bus is part of the skills needed for the student to participate in his/her program.

To teach bus-riding skills, a limited number of simple rules defining what the student is to do, feedback on how well it is done, and positive, backup consequences are necessary. In teaching bus-riding skills, it is necessary to work on a small number of behaviors at a time (one or two). As a student learns a behavior, another behavior can be taught.

Behaviors that present a potentially dangerous risk of harm to the student or others on the bus require special attention. An attack on another person or running from the bus are two examples of behaviors that present high risk of harm and require documentation and follow-up with appropriate school staff.

Communication Between School/Transportation Staffs

 

A.

The transportation staff will keep the school staff advised of the behavior of students on the bus--both positive and negative type activity.

     
 

B.

The school staff will advise the transportation staff by memorandum or through the school secretary if a student has had a particularly difficult day and may require special attention on the bus.

     
 

C.

The primary daily contact between the transportation staff and the school staff will be the bus driver.

     
 

D.

Both the school staff and the transportation staff are expected to maintain confidentiality and protect the students' rights. Except for positive statements, information given by the drivers to the building staff should not be relayed to the student; nor should drivers relay information received from the building staff. Bus behavior should never be a subject of general conversation.

     
 

E.

Communication with parents is encouraged, particularly positive comments that are honest and sincere. It is important to develop means to maximize this effort.

Stopping Unacceptable Behavior

It is the District's intent to stop unacceptable behavior by using the minimum physical intervention necessary.

When necessary, a staff member may use reasonable physical intervention to stop an action that presents the risk of harm to the student, to others, or to property. This may include use of physical intervention to stop the action but would not extend to gross abuse and disregard for the health and safety of the student. Use of physical intervention should at all times be temperate and not excessive.

Bus Transportation to School

To ensure a safe and enjoyable ride to and from school, students are asked to obey the following rules:

 

A.

Bus Rules:

     
 

1.

Follow directions the first time they are given.

     
 

2.

No teasing, swearing, or loud talking.

     
 

3.

Stay in your seat, keep hands, feet and objects to ourself.

     
 

4.

Keep all parts of your body and all objects inside the bus.

     
 

5.

Do not litter, write on, or damage the bus in any way.

     
 

6.

No food or drinks allowed to be consumed on the bus (at the discretion of the bus driver).

     
 

7.

No candy suckers.

     
 

B.

Consequences:

     
 

1.

Principal, driver and student conference, notice to parents with a copy of rules sent home

     
 

2.

Notice to parents, with copy of rules sent home and student assigned seat.

     
 

3.

Principal conference with student, parent, driver, give parents copy of rules, establish bus seat assignment or detention may be given.

     
 

4.

Progressive Discipline Plan with suspension from bus.

Self Transportation to School

Driving to school is a privilege, which can be revoked at any time. Students who are provided the opportunity to ride school transportation are encouraged to do so. Students and their parents assume full responsibility for any transportation to and from school not officially provided by the school.

 

A.

Students Driving to School

     
   

Limited parking space is available and therefore it is important to park accordingly. The East parking lot is provided for staff members, HOSTS, volunteers, and visitors and may not be used by students.

     
   

Violation of parking privileges will result in the following disciplinary actions:

     
 

1.

First Offense:

     
   

car moved and a written warning

     
 

2.

Second Offense:

     
   

car moved and detention assigned

     
 

3.

Repeated Offenses:

     
   

Progressive Disciplinary Plan with possible revocation of driving privileges and a law enforcement agency may be contacted.

     
   

Inappropriate or careless driving of a vehicle will result in the following disciplinary actions:

     
 

1.

First Offense:

     
   

written warning and parental contact

     
 

2.

Repeated Offenses:

     
   

Progressive Disciplinary Plan with possible revocation of driving privileges and a law enforcement agency may be contact.

     
   

You will not have access to your car or be able to drive your car during regular school hours without special permission. (Such as Co-op or Vo-Tech arrangements). We maintain a closed campus.

     
   

You must have a driving permit from the school office before you may drive to school. If there is even a slight chance that you would be driving to school it is best to get a driving permit on the first day of school. Anyone driving to school without a permit will be reprimanded.

     
 

B.

Students Walking to School:

     
   

Students walking to school are expected to obey crossing guards and are not to arrive any earlier than the first bell. No students will be allowed into the building until that time.

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT USE AND OPERATION

There is a wide variety of equipment that may need to be used to accommodate the District's special education students. The Superintendent is responsible for ensuring that appropriate members of the transportation staff understand the design and operating procedures for special equipment assigned to their use. They should also be able to conduct a proper inspection of the equipment and make simple adjustments in the field in case of breakdowns.

MEDICAL/HEALTH CONCERNS

It may be necessary for members of the transportation staff to be able to provide emergency and routine health care to students during the transportation process. They may also become exposed to communicable diseases which could be debilitating, and in extreme circumstances, fatal.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to ensure that training is provided in two (2) major areas -- precautionary procedures; and care, intervention, and management.

Precautionary Procedures

All members of the transportation staff should be able to use standard precautions relative to handling of and exposure to communicable disease. Such precautions would include but not be limited to:

 

A.

characteristics of common communicable diseases;

     
 

B.

techniques for managing such common diseases;

     
 

C.

use of protective equipment and devices.

Care, Intervention, and Management

Staff members need to be able to implement any care plans developed during the IEP process to deal with special health risks, such as medically fragile, technology-dependent, and/or highly-disruptive students.

© Neola 2002