The law does not relieve parents of students from the responsibility of supervision before the child boards the bus in the morning and after the child leaves the bus at the end of the school day.
Once a child boards the bus – and only at that time – does s/he become the responsibility of the school system. Such responsibility shall end when the child is delivered to the assigned bus stop at the close of the school day.
In view of the fact that a bus is an extension of the classroom, the Board requires children to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior. All Board policies and school rules apply to students on school buses.
In cases when a child does not conduct him/herself properly on a bus, such instances are to be brought to the attention of a building administrator by the bus driver. The building principal will inform the parents immediately of the misconduct and request their cooperation in checking the child’s behavior.
Children who become a serious disciplinary problem on the school bus may have their riding privileges suspended by the building administrator. In such cases, the parents/guardians are responsible for providing safe transportation for their children. Children who violate Board policies and school rules may also be disciplined under the applicable policy and/or rule.
Legal Reference: 20-A MRSA ¶ 5401
- EEA – Student Transportation Services
- JICC-R Administrative Guideline – Student Conduct on Buses
ADOPTED: October 9, 1984
October 11, 1994
May 13, 2003
RECODED: June 1998
Revised: May 9, 2006
December 7, 2007
Reviewed: February 11, 2014