Behaving Responsibly on School Transport
Children travelling on Local Authority transport are expected to conform to the accepted code of behaviour which applies in the school whilst on the transport.
Expected Behaviour on Transport:
In the morning
• Please arrive in good time at the scheduled pick-up point and wait sensibly keeping clear of the road. Wait a reasonable time before going home if the transport is late; (20 minutes on a fine day).
• Do not push or shove others when getting onto or off the bus (this also applies to the afternoon journey).
• If you are picked up from home, ensure that you are ready 5 minutes earlier than stated. Keeping the driver waiting may cause problems for the other passengers on the route and will usually result in the vehicle arriving late at school.
On the vehicle
• Do not eat or drink on the vehicle.
• Smoking is illegal on the bus and therefore not allowed (including the driver).
• Do not leave litter – always take your rubbish with you.
• It is your legal responsibility to wear your seat belt. Please use it properly and ensure it is stored correctly at the end of the journey.
• Do not shout or distract the driver whilst the vehicle is in motion.
• Do not throw things inside the vehicle or out of the windows.
• l Vandalism will not be tolerated – parents will ultimately be responsible for any repair/cleaning costs.
• Do not intimidate or be rude to other passengers and respect the rights of other students to travel without fear of bullying.
• Sit one person per seat and remain seated throughout the journey.
• Listen to instructions given to you by the driver. It is their job to get you to school safely, so ensure you follow their advice.
In the afternoon
• Go straight to the assembly point for school transport.
• If you miss the transport, see the teacher on duty, or go straight to the school office in order to make arrangements to get home (this could include phoning home or paying for a ticket (£1) for the late bus).
• You must carry a valid ticket to travel at all times.
• Any accidents or incidents of misbehaviour, overloading etc should be reported to the school without delay.
• You cannot swap vehicles
• If you lose your pass, you must get a replacement as soon as possible. Contact the relevant Local Authority for details of how to obtain a duplicate pass.
• You may NOT take a friend home you if they do not normally travel on your route.
Failure to keep to these rules will result in the following action:
• Your parents will be informed.
• Where necessary the police will be informed.
• You or your parents may be asked to pay for any damage you have caused.
• You may not be allowed to use the bus and your parents will have to find a different way to get you to school.
• Continual misbehaviour may lead to permanent exclusion from transport.