Franklin Elementary School

Transportation Safety

Each year, parents of students who ride the school bus receive detailed information about the bus regulations from the Transportation Department. To make the bus journey pleasant and safe for all, PLEASE REVIEW THESE REGULATIONS WITH YOUR CHILD and encourage him/her to behave properly both on the bus and while waiting for the bus. Even students who do not use bus transportation to and from school will need to know and follow these rules when riding a bus to and from any school sponsored field trip.

Only children authorized to ride the bus will be transported. The following is a summary of the rules established by the Transportation Department:

Rules on the Bus for a Safe and Pleasant Ride:

  1. Immediately follow the directions of the driver.
  2. Sit in your seat facing forward.
  3. Talk quietly and use appropriate language.
  4. Keep all parts of your body inside the bus.
  5. Keep your arms, legs, & belongings to yourself.
  6. No fighting, harassing, intimidating or horseplay.
  7. Do not throw any objects.
  8. No eating, drinking, or use of tobacco.
  9. Do not damage the school bus.
The goals regarding behavior on buses are: safety, respect, responsibility, no distraction, and no destruction. If your child reports a bus behavior concern that you don’t think has been witnessed by the driver, please contact the Transportation Office at 285-8565.

It is the bus driver’s responsibility to report unacceptable behavior to the District's Transportation Office. Minnesota law requires that students demonstrate knowledge and competence in the school bus safety rules and procedures. (For more information, please refer to the transportation policy in the Rights, Rules, Regulations and Procedural Code of the Rochester Public Schools K-12 booklet). If you have any complaints or questions, call Transportation at 285-8565. 

If you have children riding bikes to school, please explain to them how to ride to and from school. A child should be old enough to know how to properly ride a bike and understand the safety rules before parents allow them to ride to school. All bikes should be locked and placed in bicycle racks that are available on school grounds. Students need to walk their bikes when on school grounds. Rollerblades and skateboards are not allowed on school grounds on school days.
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