HCS Bus Rules and Guidelines
The safety of our students is always the first concern of the Horry County School District. The safe operation of a school bus requires both the full attention of the bus driver and proper behavior of the student passengers. Please discuss with your child his or her individual responsibilities for a safe ride and the importance of observing the bus rules. These rules are based on district policies. Adherence to these rules ensures the safety and welfare of all riders on the bus.
Please remember the school bus driver is the school district's representative in charge of the bus. The instructions of the driver must be followed and respected by the students on the bus. These instructions guide the students as they board and leave the bus and help manage student conduct during the ride. Rules for school bus safety include the following:
- Students should take the safest route to the bus stop at least five minutes before the scheduled arrival of the bus. Wait a safe distance from traffic. While waiting, students must respect other individuals, their possessions and surrounding property, and behave in an orderly fashion.
- When crossing a street to board a bus, a student must check traffic in both directions, obey the bus driver's hand signals, and walk at least 12 feet in front of the bus.
- If students need to cross the street to board the bus, they need to wait for the bus to arrive and come to a complete stop. They then need to wait for the driver's hand signals to cross the street. When signaled to cross the street, the students must check traffic in both directions and walk at least 12 feet in front of the bus.
- If students need to cross the street after getting off the bus, they should cross at least 12 feet in front of the bus at the driver's direction. Before the students cross, the driver will hold them at the edge of the road, via hand signals. Once clear, the driver will signal the students to cross the middle of the road where they need to stop and look both ways to check for oncoming traffic. When safe, the students should then continue crossing and move promptly to their place of safety. Never stop to pick up anything from underneath the bus.
- Students should not run toward a moving bus or approach the bus until the driver signals them to do so. Students should enter the bus calmly, sit in assigned seats, face forward, and keep the aisle of the bus clear.
- Students need to observe classroom behavior and follow the district's code of conduct while on the bus. All driver instructions shall be obeyed promptly and respectfully (South Carolina Code of Laws, SECTION 59-67-240). Any infraction that applies to the district's code of conduct for students in the school also applies to students on the school bus.
- Students must be quiet when the bus is approaching railroad crossings and must remain quiet until the bus has safely crossed the tracks.
- Students must not throw or pass objects on, from, or into the bus. Students must keep their entire body within the bus and keep the aisles open and clear. Students are to remain seated at all times. The bus driver possesses sole responsibility to assign student seating that maintains good conduct on the school bus (South Carolina Code of Laws, SECTION 59-67-240).
- Students are not to eat or drink on the bus except as required for medical reasons.
- Students are allowed to use cellphones or tablets while in route to their destinations. Students are not allowed to play music unless they use earbuds or headphones to minimize disturbing other students on the bus. Students must refrain from videotaping or taking pictures to respect the privacy of other students on the bus.
- Students may only carry on the objects that can be held in their laps or properly secured under the seat in front of them--as so not to obstruct the view of the driver and to keep aisles free for safe passage. The list of restricted items includes but may not be limited to the following:
- Large bulky musical instruments and cases (tubas and cellos).
- Art projects
- Science projects, boards or posters
- Students may only board or leave the bus at locations to which they have been assigned unless they have written parental and administrative authorization to do otherwise.
- Students should not tamper with the bus or any equipment-- including emergency equipment. Students and parents/guardians will be held financially responsible for any damages to the bus.
- All students from CD to 1st grade must be tagged and have supervision present at the bus stop in both the morning and the afternoon.
- At no time shall a parent, guardian, or any unauthorized personnel attempt to board, delay, hinder, harass, or interfere with school bus operations (South Carolina Code of Laws, SECTION 59-67-245).
- Parents or guardians are responsible for the safety, conduct, and the timely arrival of their student at the bus stop up to when the school bus loads and from when the school bus unloads and deactivates all pedestrian safety devices (South Carolina Code of Laws, SECTION 59-67-415).
Corrective actions for misconduct on a school bus will follow the appropriate district policy. Minor infractions may involve corrective action by the bus driver at the time of the incident (seat assignment). Serious or repeated infractions that jeopardize everyone's safety will result in a write-up for the administration to address. Such discipline can involve suspensions from bus transportation up to and including immediate removal from a bus, if warranted. Parents, guardians, or designees are responsible for transporting students to and from school when bus privileges have been suspended.