Some examples of misbehavior that would be part of such a policy include: a student moving from seat to seat while the bus is in motion; standing on the bus; fighting; sexual misconduct or sexual harassment; carrying a weapon on the bus; flashing a laser pointer light in the drivers' eyes (a new and very dangerous development) etc. Such offenses would be categorized by severity and consequences carried out.
Good conduct is expected of all bus-riding students while waiting for the bus and traveling to and from school or on school related activities and should be acknowledged and encouraged. Parents and/or chaperones should also be included in safety awareness and conduct expected of them on field trips or school related activities.
When developing such a policy, districts should consider meeting with the transportation director and school bus drivers to discuss the types of conduct that occur on school buses, rank them into the three categories, and develop the reporting and follow up procedures. The next step is to distribute the policy to students and parents so that everyone is aware of the conduct that is expected of bus-riding students and the consequences for failing to comply with the policy.