Bus Rules & Student Conduct

Bus drivers have an important job of carrying students safely to and from school. Below are guidelines for students riding the bus to keep them safe and begin and end their day with a positive experience. If you have any questions about the rules below or actions on a bus, please call the Transportation Department at 360-804-2650.

On the way to the bus stop

Parents are responsible for their student's route to the bus stop. Bus passengers should arrive at the bus stop five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled stop time. The bus will not wait.

At the bus stop

  • Practice safe and appropriate behavior
  • Stand a safe distance from the street
  • No running, pushing, or shoving
  • Respect other's property

Boarding and departing the bus

  • Students should remain in line and wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the door opens before moving toward it.
  • Students who cross the street at the stop must cross in front of the bus.
  • Crossing students must wait until eye contact is made with the driver and the driver hand signals the students to cross. Students must also check for traffic when they are crossing.
  • Do not race up to the bus after the doors have closed.
  • Students departing should directly move to at least 10 feet away from the bus in clear view of the driver and wait for a hand signal if crossing.

Requesting alternate drop off

Special permission to ride a bus may be granted if room is available. A parent or guardian must send a written note to the school with their student. The note must include date, bus stop, and reason for request. If riding home with another student, please include name of the other student. The school office will issue a bus pass for your student to present to the bus driver. Drivers will not accept hand written notes. To request long-term or permanent changes, please complete the Transportation Request Form.

Items not allowed on the bus or with restrictions

Washington Administrative Code 392-145 prohibits the transport of heavy, sharp, bulky, or other items in the passenger area of any school bus that may be hazardous in the event of an accident or emergency stop. In order to comply with this state law and District policies, the following items are not allowed on a school bus:

  • Breakable containers (e.g. glass objects, aquariums)
  • Food, drink and gum consumption
  • Balloons
  • Animals including insects and spiders
  • Any object that cannot be safely controlled by the student in the seat, or upright on the floor between their knees. The bus driver has the authority to make the final decision.
  • Items not allowed at school
  • Illegal items

Musical instruments and large items

Objects that cannot be safely controlled, can include large musical instruments or any other item which is larger than 42 inches tall, 12 inches wide and 9 inches deep. Please review our guidelines for more information.

Other item restrictions

School projects (e.g. rockets, dioramas, kites) and all sports equipment (e.g. balls, bats, skateboards, roller blades) must be fully enclosed in a backpack, bag or box.

Audio Video & Cameras

Monroe School District uses audio video cameras on most of the district operated school buses for the purpose of reducing discipline problems, thus providing a safer environment for the transportation of students. Camera recordings may be used to identify and determine discipline level for unsafe or inappropriate behavior.

Passenger Conduct & Bus Rules

Riding a school bus is a privilege. Students are expected to follow bus rules and driver directions. The bus driver has the authority to assign seats if needed to keep a safe environment. Failure to comply can result in a loss of riding privileges.

  • Students should sit in their seat, not stand or get up on their knees
  • Talk in moderate and reasonable tones, no yelling.
  • No eating on the bus.
  • Listen to the bus driver.
  • No hanging outside the window.
  • No throwing of anything.
  • No walking around while the bus is in motion.
  • Respect others by keeping hands to oneself.
  • Stay seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.

Student Discipline

The district utilizes bus conduct reporting to document inappropriate or unsafe behavior and communicate with a parent or guardian. Infractions of a severe nature or repeated behavior can result in loss of riding privileges and require a conference with school administrators, parents, students and transportation officials. Often times a positive behavior plan is required to re-establish riding privileges. The district reserves the right to suspend transportation privileges for any student that demonstrates unsafe behavior.

Bus Route Delays

Published bus routes are followed as closely as possible. From time to time, an accident, road construction, or other unforeseen event can cause a bus to be delayed significantly. Drivers are trained to ensure your student's safety. Unpredictable delays are difficult to assess and therefore individual communication to families of students on delayed routes is not practical. Concerned parents or guardians are welcome to contact transportation at 360-804-2650 with any questions.

Weather Related Limited Transportation

When weather makes traveling unsafe in designated neighborhoods in the district, "limited" transportation will be announced on local radio and TV stations. This information will also be published at www.flashalert.net and on the district website http://www.monroe.wednet.edu. Limited bus transportation will remain in effect the entire day. Detailed information regarding your neighborhood can be found on the district website under transportation and at your local school.

"Limited Transportation" (Snow Routes) route information