Role of Parents

Parental Responsibility

Parents play a role in Safety

Acceptable student conduct while on the bus is developed through cooperative efforts of Principals, Parents, Students, and Bus Drivers. Be Supportive of Transportation Policies.

  • Parents, we need your help to teach and reinforce proper student behavior and riding policies of NACS.
  • Help teach children of the Danger Zones around a school bus. (10 feet all around the bus) Never walk behind or next to the side of a bus. If an item is dropped, inform the driver and/or wait until the bus has departed before picking item up.
  • Parents, we encourage you to meet the driver, know their phone number, and know the bus number.
  • Please call Transportation (637-6165) or the driver if your child will not be riding for an extended period of time.
  • Make sure the children know their full name, address and phone number, and have it on a card and in their book bag.
  • Provide the student with a book bag to transport their belongings to and from school.
  • Make sure the student is properly dressed for the weather conditions. Attach reflective tape to their jackets or book bags when walking in the dark.
  • Avoid sending your child too soon or too late to the stop.
  • Escort students who are not familiar with the stop until they know the way and understand bus and safety procedures.
  • Bus stops are placed in centralized locations that can be safely accessed by students. If you have concerns about your child's safety, you are encouraged to accompany your child to the bus stop or arrange a neighborhood buddy to walk with your child.
  • Articles too large to be held on the students lap will be prohibited on the bus.
  • If a student has parental permission to ride a bus other than their assigned bus, the student must give a note signed by parent to their school administrator on the day he/she wants to ride the alternative bus. If the note has not been signed by the school administrator the student will be dropped off at their normal stop. NOTE: If the bus they are requesting to ride is too full to accommodate students not assign to that bus, their request will be denied.
  • It is always helpful with rural students who don't ride every day to have some type of signal for the driver if they do or don't need picked up. Suggestions might be considered: a light to be on or off or garage door open, something a driver could see in the darkness.
  • We request that students that live on heavily traveled roads to call the driver or Transportation if they are not riding that morning.

Parents; the school bus is an extension of the classroom and in reality it is a roaming classroom. All School rules do apply to the bus. Because the driver can transport twice as many students in a typical classroom (with their backs to the students) we do expect better behavior on the bus.

The number one leading cause of bus accidents are distractions to the bus drivers.

All students must understand that they must conduct themselves in an orderly manner so that drivers can concentrate on safely operating the bus at all times. When a student becomes involved in behavior that is undesirable and jeopardizes the safety of those on the bus, the severity of the violation will determine the course of action taken by those in charge.