• Providing your child with safe transportation is a team effort. A good understanding of the rules will help develop a positive relationship with your driver. It will also help assure the safety of your children. We want you to know what to do and who to call in the event of a delay, accident, bad weather, traffic, etc. All questions or concerns are welcome, documented, and answered as needed.

    Student Guidelines
     
    • Be at your assigned bus stop five minutes prior to the scheduled arrival time of the bus.
    • While waiting at the bus stop, stay back from the roadway and refrain from horseplay.
    • Only ride your assigned bus. Students may ride home with another student if they have a signed note from a parent, confirmed by the principal or designee, and there is room on the bus. Drivers are required to keep all notes from parents as a matter of record.
    • Wait until the bus is completely stopped with the stop arm extended before crossing the street, and cross at least ten feet in front of the school bus.
    • Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says it is okay to step on the bus.
    • If you cross the street in front of the bus, walk 10 giant steps in front of the bus and wait for the driver's hand signal to cross.
    • If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. NEVER try to pick it up as the driver may not be able to see you.
    • Follow the bus driver's directions at all times.
    • Get on the bus quickly and take your assigned seat if you have one.
    • Remain seated, facing forward.
    • Keep your feet out of the aisle.
    • Keep your hands, feet, books, pencils, etc. to yourself.
    • Talk in quiet voices.
    • No eating or drinking on the bus.
    • Remain seated upon arrival at your school. The driver will tell you when it is time to unload.
    Safety
     

    BUS RULES

    • Follow the bus driver's directions at all times.
    • Get on the bus quickly and take your assigned seat.
    • Remain seated, facing forward.
    • Keep your feet out of the aisle.
    • Keep your hands, feet, books, pencils, etc. to yourself.
    • Talk in a quiet voice.
    • No eating or drinking on the bus.
    • Remain seated upon arrival at school
    • RIDING THE SCHOOL BUS IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT.

    The Board of School Trustees has established "non transported areas" for each school. The board policy states that bus transportation is not provided for those areas within a 1 mile radius for Kindergarten through 6th grade, a 1.5 mile radius for Grades 7 through 12. Bus transportation is a privilege extended to those students who live outside of the "non transported areas" or where a safety factor is concerned.

    Only children enrolled in the Monroe County Community School Corporation may be transported on a school bus. If a parent decides to exercise the free choice option to an out-of-district school, the parent assumes the obligation for transportation.

    Parents are asked to familiarize themselves with the bus safety guidelines and rules of conduct. They are also asked to make their children aware that they must follow the bus driver's directions. Bus drivers will treat all students in a civil manner and will see that no student is imposed upon or mistreated while on the bus. Students should not get off at a stop other then their own. Exceptions must be signed by a parent and a principal and given to the bus driver. Exceptions are good for one day only unless otherwise approved.

    If your child has a specific medical problem (asthma, epilepsy, etc.), please be sure that the bus driver is made aware of that problem. Any additional questions or concerns can be addressed to the Transportation Department at 330-7719.

    MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
    Michael J. Clark, Director
    560 E. Miller Dr.
    Bloomington, IN 4740
    (812) 330-7719

    Safety is our #1 priority. We use the best equipment available for your child's protection. We have state-of-the-art buses with (GPS) Global Positioning Systems, crossing gates, child reminder systems, computerized routing, and video cameras. In addition, our drivers and attendants receive ongoing professional growth training in the areas of student management, evacuations, loading and unloading, and federal and state laws.

    Our 150+ person department strives to provide efficient, economical and customer-based service for every student who is eligible to ride our buses.

    Information for Parents
     
    • Be familiar with the Bus Safety Rules.
    • Have children ready at their assigned stops at least five minutes prior to scheduled pickup.
    • Cooperate with the driver about bus rules and safety issues.
    • Help the driver with disciplinary problems. Our drivers are asked to call parents about discipline problems after a write-up.
    • Do not ask the driver for special favors or special stops. Drivers are obligated to run routes as written.
    • Route problems should be addressed by calling the Transportation Department.
    • Make sure your children know where to go if you are not available to receive her/him from the bus. Give your driver a list of phone numbers to be contacted if you are not available. Alternate drop off points must be in your school district area, and be approved and documented at Transportation.
    • Drivers are advised not to drop off students if they do not recognize adults, realize students are not able to get in the home, or if things seem out of the ordinary.
    • If, for some reason, the driver is concerned about the stop, students may be required to continue with the driver and bus route until phone calls can be made to the parent or guardian. This decision is totally at the driver's discretion.
    • In some cases, where parents are expected to be at stops and cannot be found, and transportation has exhausted all other options, the police department and or Child Protective services will be notified. Always assist the driver in teaching your child about safe loading and unloading areas.
    • Be aware of the Danger Zone and insist your child know about it. The danger zones are areas around the bus where it is difficult for the driver to see. Children should be taught not to pick up objects they drop near the bus. The driver may not see the child. If the child does drop something, the child should inform the bus driver and follow the driver's instructions.
    • NEVER allow a child to run for the bus. She/he may fall under the bus wheels. Also, remember that drivers have engine noise, radio traffic, and the noise of students. It is very difficult to hear a child yelling or pounding on the side of the bus. Drivers also have a 10 ft. area around the bus called the Danger Zone where their vision is limited.

     RIDING THE SCHOOL BUS IS A PRIVILEGE.

    • Bus drivers have the same authority for student discipline on the buses as do teachers in the classroom. When pupils are under the supervision of a bus driver, the driver shall have the right to take any action which is then reasonably necessary to carry out or to prevent an interference with the educational function of which the driver is then in charge-transporting students to and from school.
    • The driver may suspend a student from the bus for one day. Additional days may be requested from the building principal. (see MCCSC Board Policy 8600) 

    To reinstate bus privileges, parents may be required to attend a conference with their child's principal.