Driver and Aide Responsibilities

  • Ensure the overall safe operation of the school bus.
  • Display appropriate care and patience.
  • Be prepared to provide appropriate medical intervention.
  • Maintain an emergency evacuation plan that lists the needs and ability of each student. Be prepared to effectively and efficiently evacuate the bus in the event of an emergency.
  • Understand and maintain the privacy and confidentiality of the families whose children they transport.
  • Complete and submit an incident report to the designated school administrator for behavior problems that occur on the bus.
  • Report to the school administration any significant changes in a student’s behavior.
  • Assist students on and off of the bus as required by their special needs.
  • The attendant will be located in a position inside the bus that best meets the needs of all the students.
  • The attendant will help students who need assistance boarding and leaving the bus.
  • To avoid the risk of injury to students or assisting adults, students should not be carried up or down the bus steps during the loading or unloading procedure. If a student cannot negotiate the bus steps with a reasonable degree of assistance, the bus driver and assistant should consult the Transportation Office to implement an alternative procedure. One exception would be the infants in the teen-parenting program secured in infant carriers. Preschool age students may be carried up and down the bus steps during loading and unloading.
  • The attendant works with the driver to secure belts, wheelchairs, and additional equipment.
  • The attendant will help students’ exhibit safe bus riding behavior by ensuring that students stay in their seats and follow bus safety rules.
  • The attendant will help with student’s needs and advise the driver when medical help is needed.

Student Responsibilities

  • Be at the bus stop at least five minutes before pick up time.
  • Always remain seated
  • Listen to the driver and attendant.
  • No eating or drinking inside the school bus.
  • No fighting and no smoking.
  • Talking quietly and no abusive language
  • No pets, toys, or distracting objects on the school bus.
  • No cutting, tearing or damaging the seats or bus. Students found to have violated this rule may be responsible for reimbursing WJCC for damaged equipment.
  • Respect the rights of the other students, drivers, and attendants.
  • Students who do not utilize the school stop for 5 consecutive days may be required to contact WJCC Transportation Office to have the bus stop reinstated. In doing so, this process may take up to 3 business days.

Parent Responsibilities

  • Assist the school by submitting accurate and timely information to your child’s school.
  • Submit correct information on the Student Emergency Care Card. Incorrect and untimely information may delay the onset of transportation services.
  • Inform the school administrator, bus driver, or attendant of any medical condition or behavior which might affect the student’s safety or health on the bus.
  • Assure that, when applicable, an authorized person will be at the bus stop on time when the child is dropped off. Authorized persons must have valid ID available upon request.
  • Make sure your child is fully clothed, toileted, and ready at the bus stop five minutes before pickup time. Due to your child’s needs, it may be necessary to accompany your child to the designated pick up or from the drop off point. The bus driver is not required to wait and cannot blow the horn for a tardy student, as this creates late pick-up times for other students.
  • If your child misses the bus, the driver cannot come back. Transport your child to school as quickly as possible and notify the school of any problems.
  • Teach your child the school bus safety rules and appropriate bus-riding behavior.

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