Transportation

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Bus Transportation

Transportation is provided for students residing one and a half miles or more from the school unless, in the opinion of proper authorities, a major traffic hazard exists along the route traveled by the student.

The student identification card will serve as the daily, official bus pass for those who are eligible for bus transportation. The ID card/bus pass must be displayed to gain admittance to the 3:00 p.m., 4:15 p.m., or 5:15 p.m. bus. Sports and Activity buses leave at 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Students who misbehave on the bus will be asked to surrender their pass to the driver and will be subject to disciplinary action.

Students who lose their identification card may obtain a one day temporary pass in the office prior to 2:30 p.m. or after 3:30 p.m. Temporary passes will be limited to three issuances per school year. After that time, a charge of $8.00 will be made for a replacement card.

Activity and Sports Buses

The 4:15 PM activity buses and the 5:15 PM sports buses are provided to transport students who are required to stay beyond the regular dismissal time because they are participating in a school-related activity (athletics, supervised clubs/activities, Learning Center).

These buses will not transport students who elect to stay on campus for their own personal reasons. Their transportation is the responsibility of their parents. Students must have the appropriate sports sticker on their ID or activity ticket to ride these buses. Students who are waiting for the 4:15 p.m. activity buses to depart are expected to wait behind the yellow line on the bus loading platform. Students who voluntarily leave school property or a school-sponsored activity will not be permitted to return and ride the buses home.

The 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Activity and Sports bus trips depart from the commons bus circle.

Transportation Regulations

Riding the bus is a privilege. These rules help ensure safe bus transportation for students and bus drivers.

It is expected that reasonable behavior will be observed during the time students are riding school buses. Infractions which jeopardize the safety of the bus and of the other students will not be permitted. It is the duty of the bus driver to report to the aide or administrator on bus duty any instances of student misbehavior on the buses. From this point, the information will be turned over to the assistant principal for further action. There are times when some students engage in behavior that constitutes a danger to themselves and others.

Students who violate these safety regulations may be excluded from riding the bus. In those instances, the administrative staff is prepared to revoke transportation privileges for a period of one to ten days. Revocation of transportation for more than ten days will be recommended by the Office of the Superintendent at an appropriate hearing before the Board of School Directors. Parents are responsible for transporting their child to and from school if the child has been excluded from bus transportation.

The school district recently installed video surveillance equipment on some buses to assist drivers in monitoring behavior. When appropriate, the district will use video material in disciplinary cases arising from unacceptable bus behavior. All Abington School District Board Policies and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation regulations will be enforced. The following regulations will be enforced/observed:

  1. Students will not be permitted to get on or off the bus anywhere other than their assigned stops unless they have obtained permission from the transportation department or proper school authority.
  2. The school bus driver is in charge of the students while they are riding the bus. The driver will assign seats when required. Students will follow the direction of the driver.
  3. The school bus driver will not allow book bags, band instruments or any objects to be placed in aisles or areas near exits. Items of this nature must be held on the student’s lap.
  4. The use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages or controlled substances while on the school bus is prohibited. Lighted matches or open flames are not permitted.
  5. Trash is not to be thrown in or around the bus, nor are any articles to be thrown out of the bus windows. Throwing objects (snowballs) at the school bus from the outside is not permitted.
  6. Fighting and physical contact are not permitted.
  7. Students must take a seat as soon as they board the bus. They must not leave their seat while the bus is moving. They must face the front of the bus at all times and stay seated until it stops. Standing and pushing are not permitted. Extremities must be kept inside the school bus at all times.
  8. Use of profanity or the verbal abuse of other students or the bus driver will not be permitted. Students must speak at moderate levels. Excessive noise will not be allowed. Quiet is required when the bus approaches a railroad crossing.
  9. Live animals, glass containers, firearms, weapons of any kind, explosives, or any objectionable items will not be permitted on the bus.
  10. Acts of vandalism or willful destruction to the school bus are prohibited. Students will be responsible for repair costs of all damages.
  11. Students are to ride on their assigned bus and must produce an I.D. card when requested.
  12. Students are not permitted to eat, spit, or have or use water pistols.
  13. Students are not permitted to run after or hang onto the buses.
  14. Students are expected to be at their assigned bus stop ten minutes prior to scheduled pickup

Other Tips to Be a Good Bus Rider

  • Be considerate of private property. Stay off the lawns of homes near the bus stop.
  • Stay off of the road while waiting for your bus.
  • Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before trying to get aboard.
  • Do not push or crowd when getting on the bus.
  • If you are late, never run after a moving bus.
  • Share your seat with others. If the bus is filled, ride three to a seat.
  • Always cross the street in front of the bus where the driver can see you.
  • Stay a safe distance away from the side of the bus.

Parent Transportation of Students

If parents drive students to school either regularly or occasionally, they are requested to drop students off in the Little Theatre parking lot. This will protect both students and cars and will avoid congestion during periods just before and after school.

Bicycles, Skateboards and Roller Blades

Students may ride bicycles to school if they wish; however, students should keep them locked during the day and use the racks provided. Racks are located by the administrative offices.

Students should know and obey all traffic laws. These are the same laws that govern the operator of an automobile under the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code.

For safety reasons, skateboards and roller blades are not permitted on school property between 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Those students who disregard this rule will have their property confiscated by school personnel.

Motor Vehicles

Junior high students are not permitted to drive cars or motorcycles to school. They are expressly prohibited from parking such vehicles on school district property.

Student Presence on School Property

Once students arrive on school property, they may not leave the grounds without prior request from a parent or guardian and approval by the office. Students who leave at dismissal may not return to school to ride the late busses. Students who stay after school must be under the direct supervision of a teacher or an adult activity sponsor. No students are permitted to stay on school grounds unless they are participating in a school-sponsored event or sport. Unsupervised students on school property may be cited for trespassing.