All transportation carrier employees are required to meet the Department of Transportation requirements relating to commercial driver physical examinations. DOT physical cards are required to be kept with the drivers at all times when operating a transportation vehicle for the Woodland Hills School District.
All transportation carrier employees are required to have their Act 34, Act 151 and FBI clearances on file with the district prior to their first day of work.
Transportation routes may be established with the advice and approval of the Board. Bus drivers shall not deviate from the established bus route except for hazardous driving conditions or upon written consent by the Board.
Students shall be taken on and discharged from the school bus only at the designated stops. All stops should be made where the bus can be easily seen. The driver shall give proper signals when slowing and stopping the bus. The driver shall keep the bus stopped until all students are across the highway and safely on the other side after being discharged. The driver will not proceed until all students are seated.
Each student shall be assigned to a bus. Persons other than a school student, employee or official shall not ride in a school bus on a regular route.
The bus driver shall not leave the bus while the motor is running.
Bus doors shall be closed while the bus is in motion.
Bus doors shall be opened at railroad crossings.
Bus drivers are not required to stop and wait at bus stops with no students present. Be at the bus stop--not in a car or on a porch.
The bus driver shall not drive the bus backward on school grounds without the direction of a person on the ground.
Advertising shall not be displayed on the school bus.
No student is permitted to ride any bus other than the one regularly scheduled, unless the driver receives a signed note from the principal or his/her designee. The principal must have a signed note from the custodial parent/guardian, and verify the request by a telephone call.
Parents or guardians should refrain from requesting special services from a bus driver including changing bus stop locations including picking up or dropping off in front of the house. Curb to curb stops are for special needs students only and included in their IEPs.
Kindergarten students will not be dropped off at a stop without a parent, guardian, or appropriate designee to meet them. If no one is at the stop the driver will alert their dispatch who will try to make contact with the family. If there are other children on board the bus, it will continue its run until someone has been contacted. The bus will then return to the stop.
The Transportation Director shall be notified of any overloading of school buses.