We know you share our concern for the safety of every student who rides a school bus or activity bus. We ask you to impress upon your child that it is absolutely necessary to follow the rules and to obey the bus driver. It is very important that you review these rules and responsibilities, as well as those included in the Student Rights, Responsibilities and Character Development Handbook, with your child and let us know you have done so by completing and signing the form included in that handbook and sending it to your school with your child. After 10 school days, if the school does not have the signed form, the principal may take away the privilege of riding the bus.
Repeated violations will result in out-of-school suspension and permanent removal of transportation privileges.
Unauthorized persons, including parents and guardians, are not permitted on buses without permission from the principal. Entering a school bus without permission is unlawful by North Carolina law and the violator could receive a trespassing charge. School bus rules and actions of school bus drivers are for the safety of our children.
So that the school district can provide safe transportation for all students, the following guidelines must be observed:
Last year, Four North Carolina children were killed while trying to cross the street to get on the school bus. Three of these motorists illegally passed a stopped school bus. State Superintendent, Dr. June Atkinson has composed a letter to all parents attending North Carolina Schools. This letter is designed for parents to reinforce some basic safety rules when getting on and off the school bus. Roadway danger exists regardless of the students age.
Dr. June Atkinson has composed a letter to all Public School Principals discussing the importance of student safety at the bus stop. Students are encouraged to make sure all traffic has stopped before crossing the road. The media and law enforcement have raised the awareness to the motoring public about stopping for a stopped school bus, student continue to be injured when crossing the road.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District website (WWW.CMS.K12.NC.US) is in the process of
being updated to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In the interim, any website accessibility concerns may be brought via the following, Email:
or Call: 980.343.0115.