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Transportation

Transportation

Cluster Stop Information

Daily transportation, on safety-equipped, fully insured buses is available from your cluster stop to and from school. To ensure short rides and reliable schedules, we've arranged convenient cluster meeting points. These cluster stops are listed on the bus routes listed below.
 
 

General Rules & Policies

If all students and parents adhere to the following practices, they will enjoy a safe ride and an on time bus to and from school/home and school events.

Walking to The Bus Stop

  • When walking to and from the bus stop, always walk in a safe area, preferably the sidewalk. If crossing the street, use the crosswalk.
  • If the bus is at the bus stop before the student arrives, make sure the driver sees the student before approaching the bus. The driver will signal the student when it is safe to proceed.
  • All student escorts or crossings must be done in front of the bus.

Waiting At The Bus Stop

  • Students should arrive at the bus and be ready to board the bus 5 minutes before the scheduled arrival time.
  • When waiting for the bus, wait in a safe area.
  • Never wait or play in the street.
  • Students should wait 12 feet from where the bus will stop. Once the bus is stopped, wait until the entrance door is open before approaching the bus or standing to exit the bus.
  • No pushing or shoving is allowed at the bus stop and when entering or exiting the bus.
  • Vehicles must be parked on the same side of the street as the student’s pick-up and drop-off stop.
  • Vehicles must not park in the bus zone or where the bus parks.
  • If students exhibit inappropriate behavior at the bus stop or on the bus, the driver may issue a referral.

Bus Riding Rules

  • Students must enter and exit the bus in an orderly manner or as directed by the driver.
  • Driver may assign seats.
  • Students are expected to remain seated. Students must face forward with their back against the back rest, legs/feet/arms/hands and other objects are to remain out of the aisle of the bus and inside the bus.
  • Students can only enter and exit the bus through the front door unless otherwise directed by the driver.
  • Smoking, lighting matches, fighting, pushing, abusive language, inappropriate words/gestures, and excessive noise are not permitted on the bus.
  • Littering, tampering with district property/equipment and damaging district property are not permitted on the bus. Students/parent/guardians will be held responsible for any damage.
  • Animals (reptiles and insects), glass containers, weapons, drugs and hazardous objects are not allowed on the bus.
  • No eating or drinking permitted on the bus.

Discipline Referrals

The bus driver will issue a discipline referral for misbehavior at bus stop or on the bus.

  • 1st  Referral Warning (Principle contacts parent for phone discussion)
  • 2nd  Referral 1-day Bus Suspension (Principle contacts parent for in person conference)
  • 3rd  Referral 3-day Bus Suspension (Principle contacts parent for in person conference)
  • 4th Referral- Loss of Bus Riding Privilege

Depending on the circumstance and extent of the misbehavior, a child’s bus privilege may be revoked sooner than 4 referrals. A Child may also be subject to additional School discipline based on the decision of the Principle.  Parents/Guardians WILL BE charged for the cost of any willful student damage to the bus or its equipment.

Frequently Asked Questions
 
Does CCC offer door-to-door transportation?
 

No, but Charlotte Choice Charter offers convenient Cluster meeting points instead. Cluster meeting points are preferable because they minimize the time kids spend on the bus and the pick-up and drop-off times are consistent each day. Such reliability is never guaranteed with door-to-door service.

 

Do buses have radios or phones so the driver can be contacted or call for help?

Yes, all bus drivers have cell phones and two-way radios.

 

Whom should I call if my child is having a problem with the driver or with another student on the bus?

Always tell the School Principal or Program Director, Montrell Calhoun (980-272-8308, Ext. 905), first.

 

Do school buses have monitors?

Due to a limited budget, buses do not have monitors.

 

What responsibilities does the bus driver have while transporting children?

The driver is responsible for delivering students to and from school safely and on time. Responsibilities include: operation of the vehicle; supervision of boarding and discharge; supervision of students while riding the bus; reporting safety and behavior incidents to the Principal or Program Director; and (if applicable) being sure that seat belts, child restraint systems, or wheelchair securement systems are in place.

 

Is the driver allowed to leave small children at a bus stop if no adult is there to meet the child?

Yes, if the parent signs a Transportation Release and Waiver Agreement. The parent is responsible for being sure someone meets the child every day. If a student seems afraid or unwilling to be left at the stop, the driver will keep the student on the vehicle and continue on the route and returned to the School and the parent contacted to pick the child up at the School. Parents should make sure their children are familiar with the surroundings at their bus stop and know the safest route to walk home if no one is there to meet them. 

 

How many students are allowed on each bus?

This varies according to the size of the bus. Full-size buses can take up to 60 elementary school students. Passengers are not allowed to stand.

 

Do school buses have seat belts?

Full-size school buses do not require seat belts. All EBS buses meet all federal and state safety standards.