Norwin School District
Student Transportation Office
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR NORWIN BUS TRANSPORTATION
The Norwin School District Policy Number 810 provides for the transportation of resident students in grades one through twelve to and from school. This same policy provides transportation to Kindergarten children one-way only; mid-day transportation remains the responsibility of parents/guardians. The district does not provide buses for pre-school. School transportation is a privilege that may be removed for behaviors that are persistent, unacceptable or present a safety concern. Below are some of the bus laws and regulations to help you better understand how transportation operates with the hopes our service can be most effective. You will also find information regarding busing in the Regulations on Student Rights Responsibilities and Discipline at the High School, in the Student Handbook at the Middle School (page 17) and in the Parent/Student Handbook for elementary students only (page 3).
BUS STOP GUIDELINES Children should report for the bus ten (10) minutes ahead of the scheduled pick-up time and stand in the designated area. There is to be no shouting, running game-playing while waiting for the bus. Students should be respectful of the property and privacy of those persons who may live at or near the bus stop. All school rules and regulations apply at the bus stop as well as on the bus. When exiting the bus, students should go directly to their homes. Misbehavior upon exiting the bus is also subject to disciplinary action.
STUDENT BEHAVIOR While riding a Norwin school vehicle, students are expected to sit face forward and talk in a quiet tone. The driver of the school vehicle is responsible for maintaining discipline and may verbally reprimand any student who is not complying with the bus rules. If a student does not correct his/her behavior, the driver will notify the building principal in writing. The building principal will take the appropriate action which may include a verbal or written warning, suspension or other disciplinary action. Suspension from the bus does not excuse the student from attending school. During the period of suspension, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide transportation to and from school. Additional information may be found in the Regulations on Student Rights Responsibilities and Discipline at the High School, in the Student Handbook at the Middle School (page 17) and in the Parent/Student Handbook for elementary students only (page 3).
USE OF AUDIO AND VIDEO EQUIPMENT
All buses serving Norwin School District transportation needs are subject to being both audio and video recorded in order to assist in ensuring that the students are transported in a manner that protects them, as well as the school bus operator from physical injury, verbal abuse, and threats. Such recordings, both audio and video, may be utilized in all disciplinary and security investigations of students and adult employees of Norwin School District and its contracted service providers.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
It is important that you notify your child’s school immediately after moving to a new location within the District. Change of address should be given to your child’s guidance counselor or elementary principal or secretary. Should you have difficulty reaching your child’s school, you may contact the Coordinator of Student Transportation at 724-861-3000 x1131. This office is open year-round to handle transportation concerns. CHANGE OF ADDRESS MUST BE GIVEN TO YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL SO HIS/HER RECORDS CAN BE UPDATED.
COMPLAINT PROCEDURE AND CONTACTS
If you should have a question or concern regarding school transportation services, you may direct the question to the driver if it is a concern that can be answered quickly and calmly. Otherwise, direct your questions or concerns to First Student Transportation at
724-863-2262 or the building principal.