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Behavior Expectations on School Buses

Dear Big Lake Schools Community,

This school year we have seen an increase in students behaving inappropriately on buses. As a reminder, riding the bus is considered an extension of the school day and all behavioral expectations that apply in the classroom also apply on buses. Riding the school bus is a privilege for students who are following all expectations. We ask that parents take time during this break to review the expectations of providing a safe transportation experience for all students. These rules and expectations are also listed in the Student Handbook: 

  • Students may only ride their assigned bus.
  • Follow the directions of the driver.
  • Sit facing forward and remain seated.
  • Talk quietly and use appropriate language.
  • Keep all body parts inside the bus and to yourself.
  • Do not harass fellow students or bus employees.
  • No fighting, intimidation or horseplay.
  • No throwing of any object(s).
  • No littering, drinking, or use of tobacco or drugs on the bus.
  • Avoid damage to the school bus and to other people’s property.
  • Avoid any acts that endanger yourself or others. 
  • All school policies apply on the bus and at the bus stop. 

Our administrative team will continue to work in partnership with Vision Transportation to address violations of these rules and expectations. Additionally, beginning Monday, staff will ride select buses to remind students of the expectations and assist drivers with any inappropriate behaviors that may occur. 

Thank you for your partnership and support of Big Lake Schools!


Allen Berg

Director of Community Education & Communication Services