Bus Rules & Regulations

Arizona law requires that, with respect to the authority of bus drivers, “Passengers shall comply with all instructions given to them by a school bus driver. A passenger or non-passenger who has boarded the school bus and refuses to comply with the bus driver’s instructions may be surrendered into the custody of a person who is authorized by the school to assume responsibility for the passenger or non-passenger.” (A.A.C. R17-9-104). Bus drivers are required to report student discipline issues to school administrators.

The BFCS bus safety program applies to school buses and any other transportation vehicles used by the school to transport students. Students have the privilege of riding BFCS buses or other vehicles as assigned. Conduct that violates the Student Code of Conduct at bus stops, on BFCS vehicles, in the process of boarding or exiting such vehicle, or otherwise related to the vehicle may result in disciplinary action being taken.

School bus rules are created to protect students, parents, staff and the community. Inappropriate behavior by students pulls the driver’s attention away from the road, compromising the bus driver’s ability to operate the bus in the safest possible manner. Students must observe the following rules:

Arriving at pickup point:

  • Be on time.
  • Get in line with other students without pushing or crowding.

Boarding the bus/vehicle:

  • Line up in single file.
  • Wait until the vehicle comes to a complete stop before attempting to board.
  • Board the vehicle quickly, but without crowding or pushing.
  • Never run on the bus.
  • Be particularly careful if you are carrying books or parcels.
  • Go directly to your seat. Sit straight, well to the back of the seat. Face the front of the vehicle.

Conduct on the bus/vehicle:

  • Remain seated throughout the trip.
  • Leave your seat only when the bus has reached its destination and comes to a complete stop.
  • Keep your books and parcels on your lap or put them under the seat or on the luggage rack.
  • Keep the aisle clear.
  • Do not talk to the driver except in case of an emergency.
  • Avoid doing anything that might disturb or interfere with the driver.
  • Do not talk loudly or yell. Be courteous at all times.
  • Never stick hands, arms, head or feet out of the window.
  • Do not open windows without the driver’s permission.
  • Do not throw anything within the bus or out of a window.
  • Do not touch the emergency door or exit controls or any of the bus safety equipment without the driver’s permission.
  • Do not discard refuse (garbage) in the bus.
  • Do not eat or drink on the bus, with the exception that students may drink water from plastic water bottles.
  • Obey the driver’s directions and instructions at all times.

Musical instruments, athletic equipment and large school projects:

  • Should not occupy a seat needed for a passenger.
  • Must not be placed in the driver’s compartment or the step well of the bus.
  • Must not block the aisle or any emergency exit of the bus at any time.
  • Must be under the student’s control at all times or otherwise secured.

Prohibited items:

  • Tobacco
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Insects, reptiles, or other animals
  • Weapons, explosive devices, drugs (including medication) or chemicals
  • Any item that is otherwise prohibited by Governing Board Policies, Administrative Regulations or law.

Violation of bus rules
Violation of bus rules may include the following actions by the bus driver:

  • Counsel the student.
  • Move the student to another seat.
  • Issue a bus conduct referral incident form to the student and/or the school administration.

Action taken by school administration may include, but is not limited to:

First Offense – Verbal warning from the bus driver.

Second Offense – Principal conference with student. Parent signs and returns Discipline Report.

Third Offense – Three day suspension of bus riding privileges. Parent signs and returns Misconduct Report. Conference with parent (telephone or in person) and student. If parent fails to attend conference, student will remain suspended from bus until conference has occurred.

Fourth Offense – Ten day suspension of bus riding privileges. Parent signs and returns Misconduct Report. Conference with parent (telephone or in person) and student. If parent fails to attend, student will remain suspended from bus until conference has occurred.

Fifth Offense – Thirty day suspension of bus riding privileges. Conference with parent (in person) and student. Parent signs and returns Misconduct Report. If parent fails to attend conference, student will remain suspended from bus until conference has occurred.

Sixth Offense – Suspension of bus riding privileges for remainder of school year (or at least 4 months – whichever is greater). Suspension carries through to next school year.