Welcome to Lakeland Schools

Role of the Student

Safety on the bus begins with the student. Certain basic rules of conduct combined with the use of common sense are a must to assure a safe ride. Students should be aware of all safety rules including those posted inside the bus. Please take time to read the following rules and follow them.

Bus Safety Rules 

  • Observe same conduct as in the classroom.
  • Be courteous, do not use inappropriate language.
  • Do not eat or drink on the bus.  This includes chewing gum.
  • Keep the bus clean.
  • Cooperate with the bus driver.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Do not be destructive.
  • Stay in your seat.
  • Keep head, hands and feet inside the bus (and to yourself.)
  • Bus driver is authorized to assign seats.
  • No cell phones on the bus.
  • No animals, reptiles or large items are allowed on the bus.
  • Musical instruments are permitted on the bus as long as they can be securely held on the student's lap.
  • Students should not wear book bags on their backs while riding on the bus. 
  • Written permission must be obtained from the school office before riding a different bus or getting off at at different stop due to emergency situations.
New York State law and the need for safety make it necessary to restrict the size of objects (i.e. musical instruments) that can be transported on the bus. Please check with the school's main office before bringing such objects on the bus.

REMEMBER Bus riding is a privilege. 

The cooperation of everyone to follow these simple rules will make the bus riding experience a pleasant and safe one for all.

Any student reported by our Transportation Department to the school administrators for misconduct on the school bus will be held responsible for his/her behavior and may be subject to disciplinary action. Drivers use a "Bus Conduct Report" that identifies the violation committed by the student.

Three of these conduct reports generally result in suspension of the student's riding privileges. The final decision is based on such criteria as Board of Education policy the district's Zero Tolerance for Violence Policy, and the severity of the incident and surrounding circumstances.

Buses are equipped with video cameras that have proven to be very effective in identifying students who behave inappropriately.