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Horizon Middle School East Campus

Phone: 218-284-7300
Fax: 218-284-7333

Attendance Office: 218-284-7301
Counseling Office: 218-284-7312
Health Office: 218-284-7310
Activities Office: 218-284-7300
Media Center: 218-284-7334

School Hours: 9:05 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Jeremy Larson, Middle School Principal
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Student Transportation Safety Policy 721

All students are taught bus rules and regulations regarding student conduct and school bus safety. The district’s “Pupil Transportation Safety Policy” information is included here to help explain some of the school bus rules we have to keep parents/guardians, students and the public safe on and around the school bus.

Transportation is a privilege not a right: The state legislature during the 1994 session made the determination that exclusion from riding a school bus is not an “exclusion, expulsion, or a suspension” under the fair dismissal act of 1974. Students may be excluded from transportation for violation of safe riding rules or other school policy or state law governing pupil transportation.

District policies for student conduct and school bus safety: It is understood that all student rights and responsibilities outlined in the school district discipline policy and procedures apply on the school bus and at bus stops. In addition, the following rules apply on the school bus and at bus stops.
• Immediately follow the directions of the driver.
• Sit in your seat facing forward.
• Talk quietly and use appropriate language.
• Keep all parts of your body and personal belongings inside the bus.
• Keep your arms, legs and belongings to yourself.
• No fighting, harassment, intimidation or horseplay.
• Do not throw any object.
• No eating, drinking or use of tobacco or drugs.
• Do not bring any weapon or dangerous objects on the school bus.
• Do not damage the school bus.

Authorized riders
• ISD 152 bus drivers will only accept passengers assigned to the route.
• Students who will be attending parties, non-school classes or meetings, etc. will not be accepted as passengers on school routes.
• Building administrators may provide temporary authorization to students for emergencies if space is available on the school bus.

Loading zone rules
• Get to your bus stop 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. The school bus driver will not wait for late students.
• Respect the property of others while waiting at your bus stop.
• Keep your arms, legs and belongings to yourself.
• Use appropriate language.
• Stay away from the street, road or highway when waiting for the bus.
• Wait until the bus stops before approaching the bus.
• After getting off the bus, move away from the bus.
• If you must cross the street, always cross in front of the bus where the driver can see you. Wait for the driver to signal to you before
crossing the street.
• No fighting, harassment, intimidation or horseplay.
• No use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs.

Appropriate conduct on the school bus: Students must be sitting down, visiting quietly, doing homework, or reading while on the bus.

Danger zones: Teach your child that if they can reach out and touch the bus they are too close. They should always walk at least 5 big steps away from the bus when they get off.

Safe loading and unloading of a school bus: Never move to get on the bus until it stops and the driver motions that it is safe to get on the bus. When home do not move from your seat until the bus is completely stopped.

Safe vehicle lane crossing: If your child must cross the street to board the bus or when coming home, it is very important they understand the safety rules.

There are four key points:
Go 5 big steps in front of the bus. Students must be able to see the driver’s face.
Wait for the driver to motion you that it is safe to cross.
Watch for traffic from both directions.
Never ever go back to the bus even if you dropped or forgot something. Wait until the bus leaves the area and ask your parent/guardian/child care provider to help you.

Evacuation drills: Students will have an opportunity to practice school bus evacuation drills at least twice during the school year. You should visit with your child about emergencies and the importance of staying calm and following instructions from bus drivers and teachers.

By practicing for home emergencies you are helping to prepare your child how to act during other kinds of emergencies.

Cameras on the school bus: Moorhead school buses may be equipped with audio / video surveillance equipment. Conversations and actions of those on board may be recorded.

Consequences: Consequences for school bus/bus stop misconduct will apply to all regular and late routes. Decisions regarding a student’s ability to ride the bus in connection with co-curricular and extracurricular events (for example, field trips or competitions) will be in the sole discretion of the school district. Parents or guardians will be notified of any suspension of bus privileges. Please see the district discipline procedures in Appendix A of the PDF handbook for further information.

Middle and High School (5-12)
1st offense -- Student conference and warning
2nd offense -- Conference with parents/guardians / up to 5 school day suspension from riding the bus
3rd offense -- Conference with parents/guardians / up to 10 school day suspension from riding the bus
Further offenses -- Individually considered. Students may be suspended for longer periods of time including the remainder of the school year.
*Note: When a student goes 60 calendar days without a report, the student’s consequences may start over at the first offense.

Other Discipline: Based on the severity of a student’s conduct, more serious consequences may be imposed at any time. Depending on the nature of the offense, consequences such as suspension or expulsion from school may also result from school bus/bus stop misconduct.

Vandalism / Bus Damage: Students damaging school buses will be responsible for the damages. Failure to pay such damages (or make arrangements to pay) within two weeks may result in the loss of bus privileges until damages are paid.

Criminal Conduct: If the offense involves any criminal conduct (for example, assault, weapons possession or vandalism), then it will be reported to the Superintendent, local law enforcement officials and the Department of Public Safety, in addition to any school district disciplinary procedure.
For additional information refer to School Board Policy 721 on the school district website or in the school office.

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