The Board of Education provides safe bus transportation for all elementary, middle, and high school students who live more than one mile from their school or those students who face hazardous walking conditions.
School bus drivers undergo a thorough initial training program and continue with inservice training during each school year. In addition, bus drivers are required to meet health and driving record standards. Each bus is thoroughly safety tested and inspected according to guidelines set by Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.
Digital Video Recorders on School Buses
All school buses have been equipped with state-of-the-art digital video recorders (DVRs). The DVRs provide our bus drivers and school administrators with monitoring enhancements to ensure the safe transportation of all students. The digital monitoring system is able to record at night, provides expanded visibility, is temperature resistant, and records in color.
The DVR equipment is not intended to circumvent the responsibility of the bus driver to manage students' behavior and maintain a safe atmosphere on the bus.
The digital recordings will provide additional information to school administrators to (1) resolve situations that the bus driver does not witness; (2) resolve accusations against a bus driver made by a student or parent; (3) clarify events that the bus driver did not witness in their entirety; or (4) provide information to support the investigation of an accident involving a school bus.
The conditions regarding the persons who may view the taped information, the specific segments of a tape that may be viewed, and the procedures for viewing taped information are determined by the Superintendent of Schools.
Students should stand in a safe location away from traffic but within 100 feet of the designated bus stop. Parents should discuss bus rules and appropriate behavior with their child. When necessary, parents should monitor behavior at stops.
All students will receive a copy of the School Bus Discipline Procedures. Included will be information on student responsibilities, bus driver responsibilities, bus infractions and the range of consequences for misbehavior.