9.1 Districts shall have a policy concerning the behavior of pupils on school buses that shall, at a minimum, contain the following rules which if not followed may result in the suspension or denial of bus riding privileges:
9.1.1 Obey the driver promptly, and be courteous to the driver and to fellow pupils. Pupils are to conduct themselves while on the bus in such a way that they shall not distract the driver from driving tasks.
9.1.2 Be at their bus stop on time or as required by their District for pickup.
9.1.3 Wait in a safe manner for the bus on the sidewalk or shoulder, not the roadway.
9.1.4 Keep a safe distance from the bus while it is in motion.
9.1.5 Enter the bus when verbally directed to by the bus driver or aide without crowding or disturbing others and occupy their seats immediately.
9.1.6 Get on or off the bus only when it is stopped.
9.1.7 Remain seated and facing forward.
9.1.8 No student shall occupy a position in the driver area in front of a barrier or white floor line that may distract the driver's attention or interfere with the driver's vision.
9.1.9 Stay out of the driver’s seat. Also, unnecessary conversation with the driver is prohibited while the bus is in motion.
9.1.10 Follow highway safety practices in accordance with the Motor Vehicle Laws of the State of Delaware by walking on the side of the road facing traffic when going to or from the bus or bus stop along the highway.
9.1.11 Before crossing the road to board the bus cross only upon an audible clearance signal from the driver/aide.
9.1.12 Do not cross the road until it is clear of all traffic or when all traffic has come to a complete stop and then walk in front of the bus beyond the crossing control arm and far enough to be seen by the driver at all times.
9.1.13 For unloading, walk at least 10 feet away from the side of the bus and remain in view of the driver. For those crossing the road, walk to a position at least 10 feet in front of the right corner of the bumper and away from the bus. After looking in all directions and being told to begin crossing by the driver or aide, walk to the left edge of the school bus, look for traffic again in all directions, and wait to be told to cross by the driver/aide.
9.1.14 Observe classroom conduct when on the bus.
9.1.15 Do not open the bus windows without permission from the driver, extend any body part out of the windows or call out to passers-by.
9.1.16 Do not leave the bus without the driver’s consent, except on arrival at their regular bus stop or at school.
9.1.17 Keep the bus clean, sanitary, and orderly and do not damage or abuse the equipment.
9.1.18 Do not smoke, use profanity, eat or drink on the bus.
9.1.19 Do not throw articles of any kind inside, around the bus or out of the bus windows.
9.1.20 Other forms of misconduct that shall not be tolerated on the bus and at bus stops are acts such as, but not limited to, bullying, indecent exposure, obscene gestures, spitting, and other actions that may be addressed in the District or school code of conduct.
12 DE Reg. 1086 (02/01/09)
18 DE Reg. 961 (06/01/15)