HCS Bus Rules and Discipline 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 their 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 ensure 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.
- 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. In some cases, elementary, middle and high school students will be assigned three to a seat.
- Students need to observe classroom behavior and follow their school's code of conduct while on the bus. All driver instructions should be obeyed promptly and respectfully.
- 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.
- Students are not to eat or drink on the bus except as required for medical reasons.
- Students must not use tobacco in any form on the bus.
- Students must not have alcohol or illegal substances in their possession while on the bus.
- Students must not have any weapons in their possession while on the bus.
- Students may only carry on the objects that can be held in their laps or properly secured under the seat. This includes musical instruments.
- 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 reponsible for any damages to the bus.
- If the student needs to cross the street after getting off the bus, they should cross at least 12 feet in front of the bus at the drivers direction. Before the students cross, the driver will hold them at the edge of the road, via hand signals. Once clear, will signal the students to cross to 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 go directly to their place of safety. Never stop to pick up anything from underneath the bus.
- All students are governed by the district's policy on harassment.
Corrective actions for misconduct on a school bus will follow 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.