School Bus Rules

ODE Rules Governing Pupil Conduct on School Buses

Because safety, pupil comfort, and operating efficiency are so directly affected by pupil conduct on the school bus, the Oregon State Department of Education has adopted Rules Governing Pupils Riding School Buses, which are prescribed in Chapter 581 of Administrative Rules for Oregon Education, subsection 53-0010, as follows:

  1. Pupils being transported are under the authority of the bus driver.
  2. Fighting, wrestling, or boisterous activities are prohibited on the bus.
  3. Pupils shall use the emergency door only in the case of emergency.
  4. Pupils shall be on time for the bus both morning and evening.
  5. Pupils shall not bring animals, firearms, weapons, or other potentially hazardous material on the bus.
  6. Pupils shall remain seated while the bus is in motion.
  7. Pupils may be assigned seats by the driver.
  8. When necessary to cross the road, pupils shall cross in front of the bus, or as instructed by the bus driver.
  9. Pupils shall not extend the hands, arms, or heads through the bus windows.
  10. Pupils shall have written permission to leave the bus other than at home or school.
  11. Pupils shall converse in normal tones; loud or vulgar language is prohibited.
  12. Pupils shall not open or close windows without permission of the driver.
  13. Pupils shall keep the bus clean, and must refrain from damaging it.
  14. Pupils shall be courteous to the driver, to fellow pupils, and passersby.
  15. Pupils, who refuse to obey promptly the directions of the driver, or refuse to obey regulations, may forfeit their privilege to ride on the buses.
  16. Rules Governing Pupils Riding School Buses must be kept posted in a conspicuous place in all school buses.
In addition to these ODE rules Sherwood School District has published Board Policy for Student Conduct on School Buses (Code EEACC) and Discipline Procedures for District-Approved Student Transportation (Code EEACC-AR).  Please reference Sherwood School District Board Policy.