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August 28, 2013

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Rules for riding buses with TPS

TAHLEQUAH — There are a number of rules which must be followed on a Tahlequah Public Schools bus. Parents receive a copy of the district’s bus discipline procedures when the academic year begins. Some of the regulations:

1. Misconduct is reported to the principal, and copies of the report are sent to parents and placed on file.

2. School administrators will contact parents if their child takes part in inappropriate behavior. If a suspension is warranted, parents are notified of the dates of suspension.

3. A child can be denied bus privileges for misbehavior.

4. Parents must send a signed note with their child to the school principal if he or she is to ride a different bus than the one assigned.

5. Only Tahlequah Public Schools students and staff may ride school buses.

Specified offenses for which a child may lose bus riding privileges include failure to remain seated, refusing to obey the driver, fighting, profanity, lighting matches or lighters, eating or drinking on the bus, using tobacco on the bus, throwing objects from or on the bus, leaning from a window, spitting and vandalism.

Consequences can vary with the number of offenses.

First offense: A verbal and written warning is issued to the student. The driver will attempt to contact parents by phone.

Second offense: A one-day suspension from the bus.

Third offense: A three-day suspension from the bus.

Fourth offense: A 10-day suspension from the bus.

Fifth offense: A suspension from the bus for the remainder of the semester.

Severe clause: Behavior that jeopardizes the safety of other students or the driver can result in an immediate suspension.

If a school official must remove a student from a bus while on its route, a minimum one-day suspension of bus privileges will be imposed.

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