Each school principal shall distribute to each student at the beginning of the school year a form listing the school system's regulations pertaining to students riding school buses.  The form shall be signed by the student and parent to indicate that they are familiar with regulations therein.  The completed form is to be returned to the principal who will be responsible for keeping it in each individual student's file.


The bus operator, together with the principal, shall assume full responsibility for discipline of students riding buses.  Any disciplinary problems shall be reported by the operator to the principal of the school involved.  It is the duty of the operator, 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.  The bus operator shall not assume responsibility for suspending bus privileges or taking disciplinary action.


If found necessary, the principal may suspend bus privileges.  Any parent of a student suspended from riding a school bus shall have the right to appeal to the parish Superintendent, or his/her designee, who shall conduct a hearing on the merits of the bus suspension.


A student damaging a school bus shall be subject to suspension from school.  Any student 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.



Ref:    La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง17:223, 17:416


Washington Parish School Board