Student Conduct on School Buses, School Vehicles or Vehicles used for school purposes 5-34.1

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 5-34.1


Student Conduct on School Buses, School Vehicles or Vehicles used for school purposes

  1. Generally

    Students shall not behave in a disruptive manner or otherwise violate the Code of Student Conduct while going to or from their bus stop, while waiting for a school bus, while on a school bus, after being discharged from a school bus, or riding to or from a school related event in any authorized vehicle.. Riding a school bus is a privilege. Students who do not behave at the bus stop or on the school bus may have the privilege of riding revoked for a specified time or permanently. For the purposes of the Regulation, the term "bus" shall include school buses, other School Division vehicles, and any other vehicle used for school purposes.

  2. Bus Discipline

    The following procedures will be used to deal with bus discipline.

    1. The driver of the school bus has the authority to maintain order and the responsibility for providing a safe environment on the bus.
    2. If a disciplinary problem occurs before arriving at school, the bus driver will report the incident to the principal of the school served by the driver.
    3. If a serious disciplinary incident occurs in the afternoon, the driver will inform the principal or his designee, if the principal or designee is unavailable, the driver's supervisor at the Office of Transportation Services who will inform the principal of the incident.
    4. When a student receives in-school suspension (ISS) for a bus incident, the student will also be suspended from riding the bus for the period of the suspension.
    5. In disciplinary cases related to disruptive behavior or other violations of the Code of Student Conduct, the principal may arrange a conference(s) with the student, and the minor student's parent or legal guardian. Recordings of the incident leading to discipline may be used for disciplinary purposes instead of requiring drivers or supervising adults to attend conferences or hearings. Final action is the responsibility of the principal or designee. The principal must send written notification of such action to the adult student or the parent or legal guardian of the minor student, the Office of Transportation, and the Office of Student Leadership. The Director, Office of Student Leadership as set forth in School Division Regulation 5-6.1, will handle appeals.

School Division Regulation 5-6.1

Approved by Superintendent: July 16, 1991
Amended by School Board: July 17, 2001
Amended by School Board: August 5, 2003
Amended by School Board: November 27, 2018