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Each school bus driver shall distribute to each student at the beginning of the school year a form listing the Richland Parish School System's regula­tions pertaining to pupils riding school buses.  The form shall be signed by the pupil and parent to indicate that they are familiar with regulations therein, and returned to the driver.  The principal shall be responsible for keeping the forms on file.


The principal, together with the bus driver, shall assume full responsibility for discipline of pupils riding buses.  Any disciplinary problems shall be reported by the driver to the principal of the school involved.  It is the duty of the driver, in case of any infraction of rules by any student, to notify the principal of the school the student attends.  If possible, this must be done in person.  It is the respon­sibility of the principal to determine necessary punishment to students violating regulations.


If found necessary, the principal may suspend bus privileges.  Any parent of a pupil suspended from riding a school bus shall have the right to appeal to the Parish Superintendent, who shall conduct a hearing on the merits of the bus suspension.


A pupil damaging a school bus shall be subject to suspension from school.  Any pupil suspended for damages to any school bus shall not be readmitted until payment in full has been made for such damage or until his/her readmittance is directed by the Superintendent.


At no time shall the bus operator assume authority for suspending bus privileges or taking such disciplinary action as requiring a pupil to kneel or inflicting corporal punishment.  If the conduct of a pupil becomes such that his/her removal from the bus becomes essential, the driver shall discharge the pupil at the pupil's regular stop.  A student riding a bus shall never be unloaded along the highway except at his/her designated stop.



Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:81, 17:223, 17:416, 17:416.1


Richland Parish School Board