The Governing Board is committed to maintaining a school environment that is free from harassment. The Board prohibits sexual harassment of any student by another student, an employee or other person, at school or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity. The Board also prohibits retaliatory behavior or action against any person who complains, testifies, assists or otherwise participated in the complaint process established in accordance with this policy.
Any student who engages in sexual harassment of anyone at school or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity is in violation of this policy and shall be subject to disciplinary action. For students in grades 4 through 6, disciplinary action may include suspension and/or expulsion; provide that upon imposing such discipline the entire circumstances of the incident(s) shall be taken into account. Such circumstances shall include but are not limited to:
1. Age and maturity of the victim and the perpetrator
2. Pervasiveness of the alleged harassing conduct (i.e., how may times
the act(s) occurred, how many individuals were involved, etc.)
3. Prior complaints against the perpetrator
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all District students receive age –appropriate instruction and information on sexual harassment. Such instruction and information shall include:
1. What acts and behavior constitute sexual harassment, including the
fact that sexual harassment could occur between people of the same
2. A clear message that students do not have to endure sexual
harassment. Students should be encouraged to report observed
instances of sexual harassment , even where the victim of the
harassment has not complained
3. Information about the person(s) to whom a report of sexual
harassment should be made
Any student who feels that he/she is being or has been subjected to sexual harassment shall immediately contact a school employee. A school employee to whom a complaint is made shall, within 24 hours of his/her getting the complaint, report it to the principal or designee. Any school employee who observes any incident of sexual harassment on any student shall similarly report his/her observations to the principal or designee, whether or not the victim makes a complaint. If the alleged harasser is the principal or designee, the employee may report the complaint or his/her observation of the incident to the Superintendent or designee who shall investigate the complaint.
The principal or designee to whom a complaint of sexual harassment is reported shall immediately investigate the complaint. Where the principal or designee finds that sexual harassment occurred, he/she shall take prompt, appropriate action to end the harassment and address its effects on the victim.
The principal or designee shall also advise the victim of any other remedies that may be available. The principal or designee shall file a report with the Superintendent or designee and refer the matter to law enforcement authorities, where necessary. In addition, the student may file a formal complaint with the Superintendent or designee in accordance with the District’s uniform complaint procedures.
The Superintendent or designee shall maintain a record of all reported cases of sexual harassment to enable the District to monitor, address and prevent repetitive harassing in its schools.
Information gathered in the course of investigating a sexual harassment complaint shall be kept confidential to the extent possible. [BP5145.7, 6/24/03; E.C. 200-262.4, 48900.2, 48904, 48980; Civil Code 51.9, 1714.1; 20 USC 1681-1688; 42 USC 2000d-2000d-7, 2000e-2000e-17; 34 CFR 106.1-106.71]
15. Eating or drinking on the bus
16. Being disrespectful, discourteous and disobedient to the
driver and fellow passengers
17. Giving a false name when identification is requested by
18. Tampering with the radio or bus controls
19. Failure to remain quiet at all railroad crossings
20. Failure to obey driver
21. Any other act deemed unsafe by the bus driver
Authority of the Driver
The school bus driver is a school official and by law, [5 CCR 14103(a)] has the responsibility to ensure passenger safety while on the bus and at bus stops. Pupils transported in a school bus or in a school pupil activity bus shall be under the authority of, and directly responsible to the driver of the bus. The driver shall be held responsible for the orderly conduct of the pupils while they are on the bus or being escorted across a street, highway or road. Continual disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the authority of the driver shall be sufficient reason for a pupil to be denied transportation. A bus driver shall not require any pupil to leave the bus while enroute between home and school or any other destination. Students may be assigned to a particular seat.
School Bus Suspension Policy
The Transportation Supervisor has the authority to recommend the suspension of students for disruptive and/or dangerous behavior, including, but not limited to, infractions of the bus rules. Any student may be suspended and/or denied bus transportation if it is determined that he/she created a safety hazard on the bus. The Transportation Supervisor will confer with the student's principal who will make the determination of whether or not to suspend a student. A Notice of Student Conduct will be issued for serious or chronic violations of the bus rules. In each instance, the student, principal and parent or guardian will receive a copy of the Notice of Student Conduct.
These procedures will be followed except when the circumstances and/or the severity of the misbehavior warrant immediate emergency action.
1st Report: Student Warning, Notice of Student Conduct
given to principal and parent or guardian
2nd Report Student Warning, next citation will result in
Notice of Student Conduct given to principal and
parent or guardian.
A behavior management plan is recommended.
3rd Report: Student may be suspended from transportation for
one (1) to five (5) school days.
Meeting between principal, parent or guardian and
For additional information in the transportation of your child, the Transportation Safety Plan and Parent Information Handbook are available at the school office and at the Transportation Department. Thank you for your cooperation in providing a safe environment for your student.
Intradistrict Transfers and Bus Transportation
Students on parent-requested intradistrict transfers are not eligible for bus transportation.
Bus Transportation Policy
Bus transportation is a privilege extended only to students who display good conduct while preparing to ride, riding or leaving the bus. All schools rules in the student’s handbook apply to the bus. The bus is an extension of the classroom and riding the bus is considered a school activity. All bus routes and times are subject to change. Students should arrive at least 5 minutes before their scheduled pick-up time.
School Bus Rules and Regulations
Driver’s responsibility and authority regarding discipline: Pupils transported in a school bus or in a school pupil activity bus shall be under the authority of, and responsible directly to, the driver of the bus, and the driver shall be held responsible for the orderly conduct of the pupils while they are on the bus or being escorted across a street, highway or road. Continued disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the authority of the driver shall be sufficient reason for a pupil to be denied transportation. A bus driver shall not require any pupil to leave the bus enroute between home and school or other destinations.
Following are rules and regulations of student responsibilities while waiting for and riding on school buses, whether it is to and from school or on field trips.
1. Riders shall follow the instructions and directions of the bus
driver at all times.
2. Riders should arrive at the bus stop on time and stand in a
safe place to wait quietly for the bus. Children are to ride only
the bus to which they are assigned.
3. Riders shall enter the bus in an orderly manner and go directly
to their seats.
4. Riders shall remain seated while the bus is in motion and shall
not obstruct the aisle. When reaching their destination, riders
shall remain seated until the bus stops and only then enter the
aisle and go directly to the exit.
5. Riders should be courteous to the driver and to fellow
passengers at all times.
The following list of student actions constitutes a violation of rules and regulations and should be discussed with your child:
Abusive or foul language or body contact (clapping, hitting, poking, shoving, pulling hair, etc.) in or when loading or unloading the school bus
Fighting on the bus or at the bus stop
Using other than the students regular designated bus stop
Unauthorized exits (from emergency doors or windows)
Putting any part of the body out of the bus windows at time
Moving while the bus is in motion
Riding the bus after receiving no ride penalty
Legs, feet and objects obstructing aisle or facing to the rear of the seat
Creating excessive noise
Unauthorized opening, closing or tampering of any kind with bus doors, windows or emergency exits
Any type of damage or defacing of the bus
Lighting matches, cigarettes or smoking on the bus
Littering of any kind or throwing any objects in, out of or at the bus
Transporting live animals, reptiles or insects on the bus or items that could be hazardous to other passengers
The Governing Board believes that students and employees have the right to learn and work in a safe, clean and healthy environment. The District has an obligation to locate and reduce or eliminate potential risks to health and the environment, to use environmental resources in a responsible way, and to educate students and staff about environmental issues.
The Superintendent or designee shall establish regulations to guard against environmental hazards. Students and staff are encouraged to report any unsafe conditions they may observe. [BP3514]
The Governing Board recognizes the potentially hazardous substances are used in the daily operations of our school. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure these substances are inventoried, used, stored and regularly disposed of in a safe and legal manner. Insofar as possible, the Superintendent or designee shall minimize the quantities of hazardous substances stored on school property and shall substitute less dangerous materials for hazards substances.
Hazard Communication Program
The Superintendent or designee shall develop, implement and monitor a written hazard communication program in accordance with state law. As part of this program, he/she shall ensure that employees are fully informed about the properties and potential hazards of substances to which they may be exposed and that material safety data sheets are readily accessible to them.
Teachers shall instruct students about the importance of proper handling, storage, disposal and protection when using any potentially hazardous substance.
Management Plan for Asbestos-Containing
The District has available upon request a complete and updated plan for asbestos-containing material. [Code of Federal Regulations: 40 CFR 763.93]
The District is providing parents the name of all pesticide products expected to be applied at school facilities this school year. That identification includes the name and active ingredients. Only fully certified pesticides can be used on school grounds.
Parents and guardians may register with the District if they wish to receive notification of pesticide applications at a particular school or facility, please request a REQUEST FOR INDIVIDUAL PESTICIDE APPLICATION NOTIFICATION from their school. Further information is a available from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, P.O. Box 4015, Sacramento, CA 95812-4015, www.cdpr.ca.gov. [E.C. 17610, 17612, 48980]
Further Information is Available
Further information regarding our District schools, programs, policies, and procedures is available to any interested person upon request to our District office. [E.C. 48209.13, FERPA, 34 CFR Section 99.7(b)]
As a parent, you are the best person to set rules and consequences for your children.