(507) 477-3235 9 Sixth Ave SE, Hayfield, MN 55940

Transportation

School Bus & Bus Stop Rules

In order to ensure the safe and efficient transportation for all Hayfield School District students, the following rules are in effect for all students and routes regardless of the type of transportation used.

Riding the school bus is a privilege, NOT A RIGHT (MN state statute 121A.59) Students who abuse this privilege will lose it.

Proper registration is required for each student who will be riding the bus to/from school. This is required before the start of each school year. Please click here for further information on how to register for busing.

Walking distances to school:
MN state statute 123B.92 dictates walking distances to school of 1 mile for elementary school students and 2 miles for secondary students.
Elementary (grades K-4) Students have a 1 mile maximum walking distance to or from school. All Hayfield School District area elementary school students are provided school bus transportation. Secondary (grades 5-12) Students have a 2 mile maximum walking distance to or from school. All Hayfield area secondary students are provided school bus transportation.
Walking to the bus stop:
As much as we would like to pick up every student within eyesight of their home or daycare, this is not always feasible. Bus stops are located with the safety of each student in mind first and foremost. Bus stop locations are reviewed each year and are placed in a centralized location for all the students in that area that are registered to ride the bus. Bus stops are generally located so no student has to walk further than 3 blocks from their home or daycare location. To help make the bus stop as safe as possible, we recommend that a parent or neighborhood volunteer wait with younger students until the bus arrives at the bus stop.

Students are required to ride their assigned bus from their assigned bus stop only. If you would like your child to ride the bus to or from a location other than their assigned bus stop, we require a written note in advance to ensure we transport your child to the correct location. Please remember that we transport over 800 students each day and we have each student listed at a specific bus stop or address. If a change is required, for any reason, we need proper written authorization from the parent/guardian before the scheduled bus time or your child will be picked up/ dropped off at their scheduled stop only. Please instruct your child to give the note to their bus driver when they are picked up in the morning to ensure the correct busing for the change.
All school bus and van routes are scheduled to provide efficient and consistent transportation for all students. If a child does not ride the bus for 5 consecutive days without proper notification to the Hayfield School Bus Company, we reserve the right to remove that child from the bus roster and refuse transportation. If removed from the current roster, your child can be added back onto the roster by re-registering them for bussing. Allow 3 to 5 days for the change to take effect.

A. School Bus and Bus Stop Rules.
The School District school bus safety rules are to be posted on every bus. If these rules are broken, the School District’s discipline procedures are to be followed. Consequences are progressive and may include suspension of bus privileges. It is the school bus driver’s responsibility to report unacceptable behavior to the School District’s Transportation Office/School Office.

  1. Rules at the Bus Stop.
    1. Get to your bus stop 5 minutes before your scheduled pick up time. The school bus driver will not wait for late students.
    2. Stay away from the street, road, or highway when waiting for the bus.
    3. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before approaching the bus.
    4. If you must cross the street, always cross ten feet in front of the bus, where the driver can see you. Never cross from behind the bus. Wait for the driver to signal to you before crossing the street.
    5. Form one line; no pushing or shoving.
    6. Wait for the driver’s signal to come on the bus; board the bus one at a time.
    7. Treat everybody and their belongings with respect.
    8. Keep your arms, legs, and belongings to yourself.
    9. Use appropriate language.
    10. Fighting, harassment, bullying, and physical aggression are not tolerated.
    11. Contraband (defined below) is not allowed at the bus stop or in/on the school bus. Contraband includes, but not limited to: fireworks; lighters of any kind; paintballs & paintball guns; squirt guns; knives of any kind; laser pointers/pens; inappropriate media (pictures, magazines, etc). If a student inadvertently brings any of these items on the bus, the student needs to report directly to the bus driver with the item and turn it over to the appropriate staff. If this is done accordingly, consequences may not occur.
    12. After getting off the bus, move away from the bus.
  2. Rules on the Bus.
    1. Treat everybody and their belongings with respect.
    2. Immediately follow the directions of the driver.
    3. Sit in your seat while the bus is in motion (Minn. Statue 169.447 subd. 1b).
    4. No switching of seats while bus in in motion.
    5. Keep aisle and emergency exits clear of all objects (Minn. Statue 169.447 subd. 4).
    6. Do not open or tamper with emergency exits.
    7. Talk quietly and use appropriate language.
    8. Fighting, harassment, intimidation and physical aggression are not tolerated.
    9. Keep all body parts inside the bus.
    10. Keep your arms, legs, and belongings to yourself.
    11. Do not throw any objects in the bus or out the window.
    12. Open windows only when authorized by the driver.
    13. No eating or drinking on the bus.
    14. Do not bring any weapons or dangerous objects on the bus.
    15. Use and/or possession of tobacco, alcohol and/or drugs is prohibited.
    16. Do not damage the school bus.
    17. No taking pictures or videos with electronic devices.

B. Consequences
Consequences for school bus/bus stop misconduct will apply to all regular and late routes. Decisions regarding a student’s ability to ride the bus in connection with co-curricular events (for example, field trips or competitions) will be in the sole discretion of the School District. Parents or guardians will be notified of any suspension of bus privileges.

C. Suspension of Bus Transportation Privileges
The consequences may be as follows:

1.Minor Infractions

  • Level 1: Verbal warning by driver.
  • Level 2: Student warned by driver. Student assigned a seat. Report filed in transportation office and mailed to parents/guardians.
  • Level 3: Student warned by driver. Permanent seat assigned. Report filed in transportation office and mailed to parents/guardians.
  • Level 4: Student warned by driver. Permanent seat assigned. Up to 5 day suspension of bus riding privileges is applied. Report filed in transportation office and mailed to parents/guardians.
  • Level 5: Student warned by driver. Permanent seat assigned. Up to 10 day suspension of bus riding privileges is applied. Report filed in transportation office and mailed to parents/guardians.
  • Level 6: Repeat Offender – See Major Infractions.

2. Major Infractions

  • Level 1: Up to a 15-day suspension of bus riding privileges. Report mailed to parents/guardians and filed in transportation office. Law enforcement may be notified.
  • Level 2: Up to a 30-day suspension of bus riding privileges. Report mailed to parents/guardians and filed in transportation office. Law enforcement may be notified.
  • Level 3: Termination of bus riding privileges for the remainder of the school year.

Based on the severity of a student’s conduct, more or less serious consequences may be imposed at any time. Depending on the nature of the offense, consequences such as suspension or expulsion from school may also result from school bus/bus stop misconduct.