Transportation Safety Plan
Lake Elementary School District will provide transportation for pupils under provisions of state law, regulations, and board policy. It is the intent of the Lake Elementary School District to use reasonable care and exercise appropriate safety measures in all aspects of pupil transportation.
Assembly Bill 1297 was authored by Assembly Member Morrow and signed into law by the Governor, October 6, 1997. This law went into effect January 1, 1998 and requires the superintendent of a school district that provides transportation to or from a school or school activity to prepare a transportation safety plan containing procedures for school personnel to follow to ensure the safe transportation of students. The law also requires that a copy of the plan to be retained at each school subject to the plan and that this plan be made available upon request to an officer of the Department of the California Highway Patrol.
This Transportation Safety Plan includes procedures for the loading and unloading of pupil passengers, the use of the red light signal system by the school buses, and the procedures that the Transportation Department will follow in order to insure the safe transportation of school pupils in the Lake Elementary School District.
The complete Transportation Safety Plan can be found here.
The following School Bus Conduct may also be found in the annual Parent/Student Handbook.
School Bus Conduct
The following rules apply at all times when students are riding a school bus, including when on school activity trips:
- Riders shall follow the instructions and directions of the bus driver at all times
- Riders should arrive at their designated bus stop on time and stand in a safe place at the stop to wait quietly for the bus.
- Riders shall enter the bus in an orderly manner and go directly to their seats.
- Riders shall sit down and fasten any passenger restraint systems. Riders shall remain seated while the bus is in motion.
- Riders shall not block the aisle or emergency exit with their body or personal belongings. Riders may bring large or bulky items, such as class projects or musical instruments, on the bus only if the item does not displace any other rider or obstruct the driver's vision.
- Riders should be courteous to the driver and to fellow passengers. Vulgarity, rude, or abusive behavior is prohibited.
- Any noise or behavior that could distract the driver, such as loud talking, scuffling or fighting, throwing objects, or standing or changing seats, is prohibited and may lead to suspension of riding privileges.
- Riders shall not use tobacco products, eat, or drink while riding the bus.
- Riders may bring electronic devices onto the bus only if such devices are permitted at school. If the use of cellular telephones or similar devices disrupts the safe operation of the school bus, the bus driver may direct the student to no longer use the device on the bus.
- Riders shall not put any part of the body out of the window nor throw any item from the bus.
- Riders shall help keep the bus and the area around the bus stop clean. Riders shall not damage or deface the bus or tamper with bus equipment.
- Service animals are permitted on school transportation services; all other animals are prohibited. (Education Code 39839; 13 CCR 1216)
- Upon reaching their destination, riders shall remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop and upon the signal from the driver, unfasten any restraint system, enter the aisle, and go directly to the exit.
- Riders should be alert for traffic when leaving the bus and shall follow the district's transportation safety plan when crossing the road and exiting the bus.
The driver or any passenger shall report any violation of the district's bus rules to the Superintendent/Principal or designee. The Superintendent/Principal or designee shall notify the student's parent/guardian of the misbehavior, determine the severity of the misconduct, and take action accordingly. In instances of a severe violation or repeated offenses, the rider may be denied transportation for a period of time determined appropriate by the Superintendent/Principal or designee.