Rules and Discipline

Transportation Safety Plan

The following Coachella Valley Unified School District Transportation Safety Plan has been developed at the direction of the Superintendent pursuant to the California Education Code 39831.3 and is maintained by the Director of Transportation. A copy of this document can be found at each school site within the Coachella Valley Unified School District in addition to the District Office, the Transportation Department, and the California Highway Patrol, Indio office (area 630).

Administrative Regulations, California Code of Regulations (CCR), California Vehicle Code and the Law

School Bus Drivers – Authority of: Students transported in a school bus or in a school pupil activity bus shall be under the authority of, and responsible directly to the driver of the bus. The driver shall be held responsible for the orderly conduct of the students while they are on the bus or being escorted across a street, highway or road. (5 CCR 14103).

School bus operations shall be limited when atmospheric conditions reduce visibility on the roadway to 200 feet or less during regular home-to-school transportation service. Bus drivers for school activity trips shall have the authority to discontinue bus operation whenever they determine that it is unsafe to continue operation because of reduced visibility. (California Vehicle Code 34501.6)

School bus drivers – Responsibilities: The school bus driver’s primary responsibility is to safely transport students to and from school and school activities. He/she shall follow procedures contained in the district’s transportation safety plan. The driver shall not require any student to leave the bus en route between home and school or other destinations. (5 CCR 14103)

Pursuant to section 22112 of the California Vehicle Code, School Bus Drivers employed by the Coachella Valley Unified School District shall obey and follow:

California Vehicle Code 22112 – Schoolbus Signal and Schoolbus stops

22112. (a) On approach to a schoolbus stop where pupils are loading or unloading from a schoolbus, the schoolbus driver shall activate an approved amber warning light system, if the schoolbus is so equipped, beginning 200 feet before the schoolbus stop. The schoolbus driver shall deactivate the amber warning light system after reaching the schoolbus stop. The schoolbus driver shall operate the flashing red light signal system and stop signal arm, as required on the schoolbus, at all times when the schoolbus is stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading pupils. The flashing red light signal system, amber warning lights system, and stop signal arm shall not be operated at any place where traffic is controlled by a traffic officer or at any location identified in subdivision (e) of this section. The schoolbus flashing red light signal system, amber warning lights system, and stop signal arm shall not be operated at any other time.

The Superintendent of the Coachella Valley Unified School District designates all school bus stops to be used as specified in Section 22112 (b) of the California Vehicle Code as follows:

(b) The schoolbus driver shall stop to load or unload pupils only at a schoolbus stop designated for pupils by the school district superintendent or authorized by the superintendent for school activity trips.

In using the red light signal system and the stop signal arm, Coachella Valley Unified School District drivers will follow Section 22112 (c) of the California Vehicle Code as follows:

(c) When a schoolbus is stopped on a highway or private road for the purpose of loading or unloading pupils, at a location where traffic is not controlled by a traffic officer, the driver shall, before opening the door, ensure that the flashing red light signal system and stop signal arm are activated, and that it is safe to enter or exit the schoolbus.

Whenever a student needs to cross the roadway, Coachella Valley Unified School District drivers will adhere to the provisions of Section 22112 (d) of the California Vehicle Code as follows:

(d) When a schoolbus is stopped on a highway or private road for the purpose of loading or unloading pupils, at a location where traffic is not controlled by a traffic officer or official traffic control signal, the schoolbus driver shall do all of the following:

(1) Escort all pupils in prekindergarten, kindergarten, or any of grades 1 to 8, inclusive, who need to cross the highway or private road upon which the schoolbus is stopped. The driver shall use an approved hand-held "STOP" sign while escorting all pupils.

(2) Require all pupils who need to cross the highway or private road upon which the schoolbus is stopped to walk in front of the bus as they cross.

(3) Ensure that all pupils who need to cross the highway or private road upon which the schoolbus is stopped have crossed safely, and that all other pupils and pedestrians are a safe distance from the schoolbus before setting the schoolbus in motion.

Coachella Valley Unified School District recognizes that there are exceptions to using the amber warning light system, the flashing red light signal system and stop signal arm as contained in Section 22112 (e) of the California Vehicle Code which reads:

(e) Except at a location where pupils are loading or unloading from a schoolbus and must cross a highway or private road upon which the schoolbus is stopped, the schoolbus driver may not activate the amber warning light system, the flashing red light signal system and stop signal arm at any of the following locations:

(1) Schoolbus loading zones on or adjacent to school grounds or during an activity trip, if the schoolbus is lawfully stopped or parked.

(2) Where the schoolbus is disabled due to mechanical breakdown. The driver of a relief bus that arrives at the scene to transport pupils from the disabled schoolbus shall not activate the amber warning light system, the flashing red light system, and stop signal arm.

(3) Where a pupil requires physical assistance from the driver or authorized attendant to board or leave the schoolbus and providing the assistance extends the length of time the schoolbus is stopped beyond the time required to load or unload a pupil that does not require physical assistance.

(4) Where the roadway surface on which the bus is stopped is partially or completely covered by snow or ice and requiring traffic to stop would pose a safety hazard as determined by the schoolbus motor carrier.

(5) On a state highway with a posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour or higher where the schoolbus is completely off the main traveled portion of the highway.

(6) Any location determined by a school district, with the approval of the Department of the California Highway Patrol, to present a traffic or safety hazard.

(f) Notwithstanding subdivisions (a) to (d), inclusive, the Department of the California Highway Patrol may require the activation of an approved flashing amber warning light system, if the schoolbus is so equipped, or the flashing red light signal system and stop signal arm, as required on the schoolbus, at any location where the department determines that the activation is necessary for the safety of school pupils loading or unloading from a schoolbus.

Amended Ch. 831, Stats. 1994. Effective September 27, 1994.
Amended Sec. 3, Ch. 739, Stats. 1997. Effective January 1, 1998.
Amended Sec. 2, Ch. 647, Stats. 1999. Effective October 10, 1999.
Amended Sec. 1, Ch. 397, Stats. 2002. Effective January 1, 2003.

Discipline Information

  • A 1st citation is issued when non-severe misconduct continues. A phone call to parents may suffice and/or this notice is mailed to the parent or guardian to notify them of the situation. A copy of the citation is emailed to the school secretary for notification of the misconduct. The parent or guardian must sign the citation and return it to the bus driver with the student as an acknowledgement of the written warning to the student.

  • A 2nd citation is issued if misconduct continues. The 2nd citation will suspend all their ridership privileges for three (3) days. The District will not transport the student in any manner as a disciplinary measure. This includes any after school activity, field trip and any promotion or graduation ceremony. This notice is mailed to the parent or guardian and emailed to the school secretary for notification of the misconduct and to make the school site and parent or guardian aware that the parent now has to provide transportation. Three (3) days lead time is given for bus ridership suspension to begin.

  • A 3rd citation is issued if misconduct still continues. The 3rd citation suspends the student from all District bus ridership privileges for one (1) week. The District will not transport the student in any manner as a disciplinary measure. This includes any after school activity, field trip and any promotion or graduation ceremony. This notice is mailed to the parent or guardian and emailed to the school secretary for notification of the misconduct and to make the school site and parent aware that the parent now has to provide transportation. Three (3) days lead time is given for bus ridership suspension to begin.

  • A 4th citation is issued if misconduct still continues. The 4th citation revokes the student from all District bus ridership privileges for the remainder of the school year. Again the District will not transport the student in any manner. This also includes any after school activity, field trip and any promotion or graduation ceremony. This notice is mailed to the parent or guardian and emailed to the school secretary for notification of the misconduct and to make the school site and parent aware that the parent now has to provide transportation. Three (3) days lead time is given for bus ridership revocation to begin.

In the event a 4th citation and revocation is issued from District Bus Transportation, the parent or guardian may contact the Transportation Department and request a disciplinary hearing with a Transportation Official which will review the case. If it is merited, a meeting will be called with the affected parties which will include the parent or guardian, student, bus driver, and may include a school site official, security department representative, CWA representative and/or Law enforcement official. If it is determined that the student is to be given a last chance, the student will be required to sign a proper conduct contract agreed to by the affected parties. If this contract is violated the ridership revocation will be re-instated immediately and the student be denied transportation by the District for the remainder of the school year and all the above restrictions apply.

**(Kinder students are allowed five (5) citations. School sites and parents are notified in same manner and procedures as above for corrective measures to be taken.)

**(Special Ed. Students on an IEP have a different guideline which must be followed. If a citation is merited talk to the Director before you issue it.)

**(ASES program students will be denied transportation for the ASES program only upon receiving a single citation for the remainder of the program year.)