|Ann Rugg||Transportation Supervisor||716-592-3278|
|Brenda Ditchey||School Dispatcher||716-592-3278|
ATTN: Bus Garage
369 North Street
Springville, NY 14141
Phone: (716) 592-3278
Fax: (716) 592-3236
School Bus Safety and Your Child
It is our goal at SGI Transportation to provide safe and efficient transportation to and from school for all students. All students in our school system who ride a bus to school are, by law, the responsibility of this school district, from the time they get on the bus until they get off. All students are subject to regulations until they get off at their school or the bus stop near their home. Any misbehavior which distracts the driver is a very serious hazard to the safe operation of the vehicle, and, as such, jeopardizes the safety of all passengers. Parent and student cooperation with the driver is essential to insure that students arrive safely and ready to learn.
School Bus Safety Tips for Parents & Students
- Be out and waiting for the bus where the driver can see you and be away from the road (5 Min. early is recommended)
- When boarding the bus use the handrail, find your seat quickly and stay seated the entire ride. (Remember the driver can assign seats)
- When exiting the bus, move away from the bus directly into your driveway. Never go under the bus for something you’ve dropped.
- When crossing the road to get on or off the bus, walk to where you can see the driver and wait for the signal to cross.
Rules for Riding on the Bus
- Keep your hands to yourself-No hitting, punching or fighting
- No loud voices or shouting- use a quiet voice
- Keep the bus clean-No eating or drinking
- No smoking-including e-cigarettes
- No inappropriate language or subject matter
- No loud music and no inappropriate lyrics
NYS School Bus Drivers are required to complete many hours of continued training and testing each year and SGI Drivers are no exception. Many hours may be spent just learning to drive the school bus to qualify for a CDL Class B License with a passenger and school bus endorsement. Once a CDL License is obtained and before hire, drivers must be drug tested, fingerprinted, pass a physical and complete 4 hours of pre-service training. Within the first year of employment the driver will complete the NYSED required 30 Hour Basic Course for school bus drivers. Twice a year drivers are required to attend a 2 hour refresher designed to keep them up to date on current trends. Yearly Drivers are required by the State of NY under Article 19A to be observed while transporting students. Every two years the driver is required to pass a written test and a Behind the Wheel road test under Article 19 A. Physicals are given on a yearly basis also. Each year the driver’s Driving Abstract is reviewed. New York State Dept. of Education requires that every two years a school bus driver perform and pass a physical performance test. The requirements and responsibilities of being a school bus driver for SGI are many and the professionalism and dedication are sometimes overlooked as the job is performed each day, however each month we will post a different driver profile to help you understand the commitment each of SGI’s school bus drivers has to the district’s students and community.
All students in our school system who ride a bus to school are, by law, the responsibility of this school district, from the time they get on the bus until they get off. All students are subject to regulations until they get off at their school or the bus stop near their home. Any misbehavior which distracts the driver is a very serious hazard to the safe operation of the vehicle, and, as such, jeopardizes the safety of all passengers.
Every school bus and driver has been supplied with a School Bus Incident Reporting System, which reflects the rules of student conduct. Students may be cited for, but not limited to, the following activities:
Refusing to Obey Transportation Department Staff
- Failure to Remain Seated
- Eating Food on Bus
- Lighting Matches
- Bothering Others
- Other Acts of Vandalism
- Abuse of Bus Pass
- Throwing Objects out of Bus
- Throwing Objects on Bus
- Hanging out of Window
- Tobacco Use
- Drug Or Alcohol Use
If your child is reported and is found in violation of any of the above, the principal may take the following disciplinary action:
First Offense: A warning to the student with a report to the parents. It is hoped that you, the parents, will work with us to help to prevent a reoccurrence. However, in instances of a serious first offense, as determined by a building principal, an offender may automatically have his/her riding privileges suspended.
Second Offense: A conference may be held with the student, parent(s), and/or bus driver. Detention may be assigned at the Middle and High School levels. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken at the elementary level.
Third Offense: Automatic suspension of riding privileges – the length of time to depend on the seriousness of the infraction, and a report to parents.
We hope that in sending this letter to inform you of the system now in effect, you will see it as a reflection of our ever-present interest in the personal safety and wellbeing of your children and an opportunity to review bus conduct with your children so that they know that you know what is expected of them. In this way, we can all work together to ensure the safety of our children.