Prairie Heights Community School Corporation
“Riding a school bus is a privilege, not a right.”
Bus passes may be obtained at any time throughout the school year so that students may get on/off at different stops or ride buses other than their assigned bus. HOWEVER, there are procedures for bus passes which must be followed as outlined below:
Students must bring bus notes to the office as soon as they arrive at school.
- Please use the school form for bus passes as this will help you list the pertinent data that we need in order to issue a bus pass to the student. (These forms were sent to you in the mail with your bus information. Also, you may pick up these forms at each school office.)
- We prefer that bus passes be in written form. The bus pass MUST include:
- Student’s Name & Grade
- If riding with another student, that student’s name.
- The bus number of the bus the student needs to ride; or the change of stop at which the student needs to get on/off.
- Parent / Guardian’s signature
Occasionally, there are buses for which we cannot issue bus passes for the remainder of the year. Once a “no bus passes” order is generated, we cannot under any circumstances issue bus passes for those buses.
It is imperative that someone be at home to receive a K-4 student as we do not drop these children off to an empty house. It is the parent’s responsibility to use the school calendar to make note of any early dismissal days. After determining that no one is present to receive the student, the bus driver will radio the Transportation Office and inform the dispatcher of the situation. If there are other students on the bus, the driver will complete the route and return to the student’s address. While the driver is completing the route, the transportation office will try to contact a parent or caregiver for the student. If there is still no one present to receive the student, the student will be brought to the Central Office of PHCSC. Parents or caregivers must pick up the student at this location AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If it is time for the staff to leave, the Department of Child Protective Services and the police will be called to pick the student up. If this situation occurs more than twice, you will be responsible for picking up your student at school only.
Instruments and Sports Gear
The school bus is designed to only transport individuals as there is no place to stow extra gear. The school bus driver shall not transport dangerous materials or items that cannot be held by the student. Animals and large stuffed animals are not allowed on the bus.
Band instruments that will be allowed on the bus are those that are small enough to be held in the student’s lap. Instruments may not be in the aisle or take the space of a student.
Sports equipment such as golf clubs and other large equipment will not be allowed on regular buses. Equipment that can be ENCLOSED in an athletic-type canvas bag may be allowed. Again, this canvas bag must be able to be held by the student and not block any exits or windows.
Cell phone use on the bus is prohibited.
Damage to personal items is not covered by the district’s insurance coverage and is brought onboard a bus at your own personal risk. These items include electronic devices, cell phones, collector cards, etc. Laser pointers are never allowed on the bus and will be confiscated and kept by the Transportation Department.
Damage to School Buses
If it is determined that your student has damaged a bus seat or other part of the school bus, restitution must be made. Your student will not be allowed to ride the school bus until restitution is paid to the Transportation Department.