Parents, school principals, and principal designees will be notified if a student violates the rules for appropriate bus conduct. The school principal (or designee) will receive a conduct referral form from the driver when a school rule is violated. The school principal (or designee) will have a conference with the student and issue a disciplinary action based on the infraction. A student will receive a copy of the referral form to take home to his/her parent or a copy will be mailed to the parents. If a student is suspended from the bus, the parents will be notified of the suspension and the duration of time for the suspension.
Minor Bus Infractions
- Loud talking and/or yelling
- Drinking or eating on the bus
- Not meeting bus promptly
- Rowdiness on the bus
- Putting any part of body outside bus window
- Not staying seated in the bus seat
- Throwing objects out the bus window
- Noncompliance with driver instructions
- Unloading at an unauthorized stop
- Any action deemed by the driver as a minor infraction
Consequences for Minor Bus Infractions
Consequences for committing minor bus infractions may include a warning, an assigned seat, or the student may be suspended from riding the bus altogether. Principals (or their designee) have the discretion to modify consequences if circumstances justify it.
- 1st infraction: Warning and/or Assigned Seat
- 2nd infraction: 1-day suspension
- 3rd infraction: 3-day suspension
- 4th infraction: 5-day suspension
- 5th infraction: 10-day suspension
- 6th infraction: 90-day suspension
Major Bus Infractions
- Fighting or pushing
- Arguing with the driver
- Using tobacco
- Tampering with any safety device on the bus (emergency door, window, roof hatch, etc.)
- Vandalizing the bus
- Defiance of authority
- Using any type of profanity
- Any act which endangers other riders or driver
Consequences for Major Bus Infractions
Students who commit a major infraction may be punished in the following manner. Any vandalism to the bus will result not only in suspension of service but the student will be required to reimburse the school district for repair of the damage. Suspension of services will not be lifted until restitution for damages has been made. Principals (or their designee) have the discretion to modify consequences if circumstances justify it.
- 1st infraction: 10-day suspension
- 2nd infraction: 90-day Suspension
- 3rd infraction: 180-day Suspension
Additionally, consequences as prescribed by the Code of Conduct Brochure may be implemented by school administrators depending upon the nature and severity of the infraction.
Automatic Denial of Services
If a student threatens or assaults an Oxford School District employee, charges will be filed against the student, and bus service will be denied to that student. If the student is found to possess or use drugs or alcohol; is found to possess a firearm or dangerous weapon; or if the student’s parent or guardian gains unauthorized entry onto the bus, then bus service will be automatically denied. Suspension of bus services will include not only regular routes but also extra-curricular transportation. When a student is suspended from an Oxford School District bus, it means all Oxford School District school buses for transportation to school or to extracurricular events. Any student found riding another bus after being suspended from a bus will lose the privilege of riding a school bus for 90 days.
To Reinstate Bus Service
Before a student’s access to bus transportation can be reinstated, the student must present a written request from the principal to the OSD Director of Transportation. This document is required to reinstate transportation to both school and transportation to extracurricular events.
To Appeal the Denial of Bus Service
An appeal of the decision to suspend a student from a bus should be directed in writing to the Director of Transportation, 224 Bramlett Blvd., Oxford, Mississippi, 38655. The Director of Transportation will review all written requests and inform the parent of the results of the appeal.