Transporting Students Safely is a Priority for MVCSC!
MVCSC takes safety and transporting students very seriously. Many measures have been established to ensure the safety of students to and from school The Transportation Department would like to remind all parents and students that riding the bus is a privilege, not a right. Behavior that does not follow safety procedures or rules could lose the right to ride the bus.
The MVCSC Transportation Department is committed to partnering with families and communities to provide safe and efficient transportation while operating in a friendly, supportive and comfortable environment. This includes transportation to and from school, educational field trips, athletic trips, and all other approved school activities.
Transportation Department: 317-485-3100, ext. 5102, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bus Change Form - Approved Bus Change Forms are mandatory to ride a different bus. This ensures that there is a seat available on the requested bus. Advance approval with the bus change form is needed from all three:
1. bus driver
2. school principal
2017-2018 Bus Routes - The first couple of weeks of school are transitional times as routes are being adjusted based on number of students riding the buses so routes may change based on need. Parents and students will be notified as soon as possible when changes become necessary. Please have students watching for their bus and at their bus stop 1 hour early on the first day of school.
Bus GPS System - MVCSC will be providing parents/guardians with a GPS system that shows their child's bus in real-time so they can see when it is close. Parents will be notified when this is available.
MVCSC Bus Rider General Rules and Regulations
The rules and regulations listed below are the results of careful study based upon the experiences we have had in operation of our school bus system. Cooperation and courtesy in following these will permit us to better serve all students. Please go over these rules with your children so they will know what is expected of them when they ride the bus. All school rules are in effect on the bus. Violators will be referred to school administrators for disciplinary action.
Be on time at your designated bus stop. Buses can not wait for tardy students. A good rule of thumb is to be at the designated stop at least 5 minutes before the noted pick up time. In times of inclement weather students should start walking towards the bus stop as the bus approaches.
Obey the driver’s rules and directions. This will help the driver to assure safety for all.
Expect to walk some distance to a bus stop. Stops are designed to be as safe as possible while exercising the maximum efficiency needed to meet budgetary constraints due to the state’s cuts in transportation funding.
Stay off the roadway while waiting on the bus. Form a line and get in single file to board the bus.
Cross only in front of the bus when crossing a road or highway. NEVER CROSS IN BACK OF THE BUS.
Remain seated at all times the bus is in motion. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to enter or leave the bus. Enter or leave the bus only through the front door except in case of emergency.
Do not leave the bus without the driver’s consent. Other than at school and their home students will not be permitted to leave the bus without written authorization from the parent and the school administration. No unauthorized stops will be made.
Occupy the seat assigned by the bus driver. Keep feet out of aisles, off of seats and off of back of seats. You may be required to sit three to a seat to accommodate all students who wish to ride the bus.
Musical instruments and other large objects may only be brought on the bus if all items will fit on the student’s laps and do not block the driver’s view or take up additional seat space. No items may be placed on the floor, on seats by themselves or in the aisles for safety reasons.
Keep head, arms and hands inside the bus at all times.
Observe classroom conduct. Avoid disturbing noises and distractions as the driver must be able to focus on the safe operation of the bus. Do not shout out the window at passing persons or vehicles.
Be courteous. Profane or vulgar language is prohibited.
Help keep the bus clean. No gum chewing, no eating and no drinking on the bus.
Be considerate and helpful to smaller students.
Report any damage observed to the driver immediately. Damage to the interior or exterior of the bus caused by a student will result in the student paying for those damages and possible suspension from riding the bus.
Note that riding a school bus is a privilege and not a right. Bus drivers and/or school administrators will decide which seat a student will occupy.
For the safety of all, only students, the bus driver and/or approved school officials are permitted on the bus during its operation. Parents or patrons who wish to speak with the bus driver need to call the bus driver or the administration office to have any necessary conversations. Drivers have been directed to tell anyone not approved to be on the bus that they may not enter the bus nor have a conversation while the bus is in operation.
Indiana Department of Education Student Transportation Facts
- State law does not require that door to door pickup and delivery of students who ride a school bus.
- There are no special laws or regulations for transporting kindergarten students.
- No state law specifies the maximum distance a student may have to walk to a bus stop.
- State law does not specify the maximum distance between two bus stops.
- There is no maximum riding time for students in kindergarten through grade twelve.
- It is the parents’ responsibility to see their children get to and from the bus stop.
- Parents are responsible for the conduct of their children until the bus arrives at the stop on the way to school and after the children leave the bus after school.
- State law authorizes the local school board to designate school bus stops.
- Schools may load up to the legal seating capacity on a bus.