Transportation

Eric Shelton

Director of Transportation

Contact Me:

Transportation Office: 402-274-4589

Central Office: 402-274-4830

Director of Transportation’s Cell: (402)274-8521

eric.shelton@apsbulldogs.org

Parents of students on the bus routes will be notified by the bus drivers (or the transportation director) of the “pick-up-times”.  Any parents who have questions should contact the Central Office at (402) 274-4830 or the transportation office at (402)274-4589.

Morning Routes

Peru Routes:

6:55 a.m. A bus will arrive at the Community Center to pick up students.

7:05 a.m. A bus will arrive at Peru State College corner by the new little school house to pick up students.

 

Brownville Route:

7:00 a.m. A bus will pick up students in front of the Brownville House.

 

Afternoon Routes

3:40 p.m. A bus will pick up Peru, Brownville, and Julian students for transportation home, to Peru, Brownville, or Julian.

 

 

Anytime a student is transported on a school vehicle for purposes of attendance at a school-sponsored activity, meeting, or class, they will be subject to all bus safety rules and they will remain under the direct supervision of the driver or sponsor unless specifically directed otherwise.  No one is permitted to leave an activity or secure their own transportation unless all arrangements are specifically approved by the activity sponsor beforehand.

Transportation to and from school is provided to students in accordance with law and Board policy.  Students may also be provided transported on field trips and when participating in school activities.  Students are expected to follow the behavioral expectations for riding school buses.

Behavior on School Buses

  1. General Conduct Rules Apply: While riding school buses you are expected to follow the same student conduct rules, which apply when you are on school property or attending school activities, functions or events.  There are also special conduct rules for riding school buses.  These rules also apply to riding other school vehicles.

 

Special Conduct Rules for Riding School Buses.

  1. Rules for Getting On and Off the Bus
    1. Be on time to be picked up. As a general rule, get to your bus stop five minutes before your scheduled pick up time.  If you miss the bus, immediately return to your home and tell your parents so they can get you to school.
    2. While waiting for the bus, stay at least 5 feet away from the street, road or highway.  Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before approaching the bus.
    3. You may exit the bus only at your approved destination (your school or your approved bus stop). Exit the bus as directed by the driver.  Do not run.
    4. If you must cross the street after exiting the bus, always cross in front of the bus where the driver can see you.  Wait for the driver to signal to you before crossing the street.

 

  1. Rules on the Bus
    1. Be respectful of the bus driver. Immediately follow all directions of the driver and any Para educator or adult on the bus.
    2. Sit in your seat facing forward. Use seat belts in vehicles in which they are available.
    3. Talk quietly and use appropriate language.
    4. Keep all parts of your body inside the bus.
    5. Keep your arms, legs and belongings to yourself.
    6. No fighting, harassment, bullying, intimidation or horseplay.
    7. Do not throw any object.
    8. No eating, drinking, use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs or flammables.
    9. Do not bring any weapon (real or imitation) or dangerous objects on the school bus.
    10. Do not damage the school bus.

 

 

  • Getting the Driver’s Assistance: If you need assistance from the driver, wait until the bus is at a full stop. If you are close enough, tell the driver what you need.  If you are too far away for the driver to hear you, ask a student in front of you to get the driver’s attention.   If necessary, walk up to the driver, while the bus is at a full stop.  If you need immediate assistance for an emergency, take all action needed to safely get the help of the driver.

 

  • Consequences for Rule Violations: Consequences for school bus misconduct may include restriction or suspension of bus privileges and other disciplinary measures, up to and including expulsion from school.

This Safe Pupil Transportation Plan sets forth the District’s plan for providing safe transportation to students being transported in pupil transportation vehicles.

  1. Weapons– Upon becoming aware of a weapon aboard a pupil transportation vehicle, the driver will make every attempt to:
    • Radio transportation dispatch and notify them of the situation if possible. If not possible, the driver will make every attempt to telephone dispatch from a cellular telephone or from the nearest safe haven location.  Examples of a safe haven include, but are not limited to, any school building site, emergency service station (law enforcement or fire department), community service agency, etc.
    • Pull vehicle over to safe and secure area.
    • Confiscate weapon (if it doesn’t jeopardize student or driver safety).
    • Give description of weapon and participating parties to dispatch.
    • Dispatch will immediately notify appropriate law enforcement agencies and school administration.
  2. Pupil behavior– Students are expected to follow student conduct rules while in a pupil transportation vehicle. The pupil transportation driver is responsible for controlling behavior, which affects safety, and for reporting rule violations to school administration.  In the event a student’s behavior jeopardizes safety, the driver will make every attempt to:
    • First seek to resolve incident through discussion with the student(s) involved.
    • Radio transportation dispatch and notify them of situation if possible. If not possible, the driver will make every attempt to telephone dispatch from a cellular telephone or from the nearest safe haven location.
    • Activate emergency flashers.
    • Bring vehicle to a safe stop. Seek to resolve the incident, using physical force only as necessary to protect students or yourself.
    • Report and document discipline problems to the school administrator on a Bus Conduct Report/Incident Form.
  3. Terrorist threats– A person commits a terroristic threat if the person threatens to commit a crime of violence with the intent to terrorize another or with the intent of causing evacuation of a building, place of assembly or facility of public transportation or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or evacuation. Upon becoming aware of a terroristic threat relating to a pupil transportation vehicle, the driver will make every attempt to:
    • Radio transportation dispatch and notify them of situation if possible. If not possible, the driver will make every attempt to telephone dispatch from a cellular telephone or from the nearest safe haven location.
    • Make every attempt to keep passengers calm (this may mean complying with the terrorist).
    • Dispatch will immediately notify appropriate law enforcement agencies and school administration.
    • Driver should wait for instructions from dispatch if possible.
  4. Severe weather– Upon becoming aware of severe weather while aboard a pupil transportation vehicle, the driver will make every attempt to:
    • Radio transportation dispatch and notify them of situation if possible. If not possible, the driver will make every attempt to telephone dispatch from a cellular telephone or from the nearest safe haven location.
    • Return to the school if less than five minutes away and follow the directions of the school administrator.
    • If more than five minutes away from school, go to the nearest school and follow the directions of the school administrator.
    • If more than five minutes away from the nearest school or there is immediate danger, get to the nearest basement or underground shelter with all students.
    • If there is no shelter and there is immediate danger the driver and passengers are to follow evacuation procedures and get everyone off the vehicle into the nearest ditch or culvert at least 100 feet away from the vehicle.
  5. Hazardous materials-Upon becoming aware of a hazardous material aboard a pupil transportation vehicle, the driver will make every attempt to:
    • Radio transportation dispatch and notify them of situation if possible. If not possible, the driver will make every attempt to telephone dispatch from a cellular telephone or from the nearest safe haven location.
    • Pull vehicle over to safe and secure area.
    • Give description of hazardous materials in question to dispatch.
    • Dispatch will immediately notify appropriate law enforcement and school administration.
    • Driver should wait for instructions from dispatch if possible.
  1. Medical emergencies– Upon becoming aware of a medical emergency aboard a pupil transportation vehicle, the driver will make every attempt to:
    • Radio transportation dispatch and notify them of situation if possible. If not possible, the driver will make every attempt to telephone dispatch from a cellular telephone or from the nearest safe haven location.
    • Dispatch will immediately notify appropriate medical agencies and school administration.
    • Driver should follow instructions from dispatch, school officials, and parents when such information can be obtained quickly enough. If not available, follow emergency first aid procedures.
    • Only if necessary, the driver should move passengers only enough to get them out of danger of traffic or fire. If moved, the driver and aide are to keep them where placed until a medical agency arrives, unless a parent has taken charge of their child.
    • Driver should try to keep student passengers as calm as possible.
  1. Procedures in the event of mechanical breakdowns of the vehicle– Upon becoming aware of a mechanical breakdown aboard a Pupil transportation vehicle, the driver will make every attempt to:
    • Pull vehicle over to safe and secure area if possible
    • Radio transportation dispatch and notify them of situation if possible. If not possible, the driver will make every attempt to telephone dispatch from a cellular telephone or from the nearest safe haven location.
    • Activate emergency flashers and place warning flares/reflectors in accordance with safety guidelines, if not in secure area.
    • Driver should try to keep student passengers as calm as possible.
    • Dispatch will arrange for assistance and a relief vehicle if needed
  1. Procedures in the event the drop-off location is uncertain or appears unsafe to leave students. In the event the drop-off location is uncertain or appears unsafe to leave students, the driver will make every attempt to:
    • Radio transportation or otherwise communicate with dispatch to notify them of the situation if possible.
    • Release children only if an adult responsible for the children is present. If not, keep children who are to be released in the vehicle, continue with route, and return children who were to be released to the school.
    • Dispatch will notify appropriate law enforcement agencies and school administration if appropriate given the circumstances.
  1. Documentation under Safe Pupil Transportation Plan. Each pupil transportation driver is required to complete and submit to the school administration a bus conduct report or incident report involving the pupil transportation vehicle operated by the driver or any pupils transported in it.  Documentation is to include the occurrence of any of the following events: weapons, student behavior, which affects safety, terroristic threats, severe weather, hazardous materials, or medical emergencies.   Documentation of such events shall be completed and submitted as soon as practicable after the incident.
  2. Transportation of Unsafe Items. Drivers shall not permit pupil transportation vehicles to transport any items, animals, materials, weapons or look-a-like weapons or equipment which in any way would endanger the lives, health or safety of the children or other passengers and the driver.  Look-a-like weapons associated with a school sponsored or approved activity may be transported only with written permission of a school administrator.  Any items that would break or could produce injury if tossed about inside the pupil transportation vehicle when involved in an accident or sudden stop shall be secured.
  1. Supplemental Information. A copy of this plan shall be placed in each pupil transportation vehicle, kept at each school building, and made available upon request. Supplemental information with respect to operational and procedural guidelines used to administer this plan can be found in the District’s safety and security plan adopted pursuant to 92 NAC10 and in the Nebraska Department of Education Pupil Transportation Guide.