Transportation 11th and 12th Grade Opt-In

The Opt-In program is designed for 11th and 12th grade students who wish to utilize SWCSD transportation services. As we strive to serve our students better and more efficiently, we have found that many of our high school juniors and seniors choose not to ride a school bus to and from school each day. The Opt-In program reserves that daily seat for those 11th and 12th grade students choosing to ride a school bus. Forms are available in the SWCA Main Office.

Student Transportation Guidelines

School bus transportation is a service provided by the South-Western City School District Board of Education and should be regarded as a privilege by students and parents. It is expected that those who ride SWCS school buses will observe classroom conduct at all times.


  1. Students should follow all directions the first time they are given.
  2. Students are expected to observe classroom conduct at all times while on the bus (see Student Code of Conduct).
  3. Students should leave and board the bus at the designated stop, unless the student has a note signed by the building principal stating otherwise. This will be done only in emergencies, not for convenience.
  4. Students are not to cross the street to enter or exit the bus until the driver motions them across.
  5. Students must maintain absolute quiet at railroad crossings and other places of danger as specified by the driver.
  6. Students are not permitted to bring items on the bus larger than those which can be held on the student’s lap. Animals, glass, or liquids are not permitted on SWCS school buses. (Ohio Revised Code 4511.76).


  1. Parents are responsible for the safety and discipline of their children while going to and from the bus stop.
  2. Parents are urged to have their children at the bus stop five (5) minutes ahead of time as buses operate on a time schedule, which does not permit waiting for tardy students. If a child's bus is more than 15 minutes late, please contact the Transportation Department at 801-8550.
  3. Parents will be monetarily responsible for any damage incurred to a bus by their children.
  4. The school does not enter disputes involving parents and students before pick-up or after return to the bus stop.
  5. Please do not discuss bus problems with the driver while he/she is on the route. This delays the schedule of the bus. Call the Transportation Department at 801-8550 to report any concerns.


Proper conduct on a school bus is necessary to ensure the safety of all students and the driver. When a student does not display proper conduct on a bus, suspension and/or expulsion from the bus can be the result of the misbehavior. School personnel will make every effort to protect the rights of the student through the use of due process procedures when suspension or expulsion is used.

Discipline Code

  1. Bus stops: Improper behavior at school bus stops, such as physical aggressiveness and property destruction, will not be tolerated.
  2. Seating: Pupils should go immediately to their assigned seat and remain seated at all times.
  3. Obscene language/gestures/spitting: This type of behavior will not be tolerated.
  4. Objects: Heads, arms and legs must be kept inside the bus at all times; no objects are to be thrown on or outside the school bus.
  5. Fighting/pushing/tripping: This type of behavior is not permitted at any time.
  6. Tobacco/alcohol/drugs: The possession or tobacco (in any form), alcohol or drugs is not be permitted on school buses.
  7. Food/drink: Eating and/or drinking on a school bus is not permitted, except as required for medical/health reasons.
  8. Damage: A student shall not cause or attempt to cause damage to a school bus.

Discipline Procedures

  1. First violation
    1. The student is warned by the bus driver. The student's name is recorded by the driver.
  2. Second violation
    1. A written record is made by the bus driver. The student’s parent will be notified. A student may be reassigned a designated seat closer to the bus driver.
  3. Third violation
    1. The principal is notified by the bus driver in writing. The principal can hold a conference with the bus driver, student, and/or parent. The principal can suspend the riding privileges of the student for a designated period of time.
  4. Continued violations
    1. The third violation process is repeated.

If an incident occurs on the school bus which, according to the Student Code of conduct, calls for suspension from school, the Students Code of Conduct will take precedence. The student will be suspended from school.

A bus driver can request that a student be suspended from the bus for repeated minor misbehavior, such as refusal to follow directions.

Suspension sequence

  1. First suspension
    1. Three days off the school bus.
  2. Second suspension
    1. Five days off the school bus.
  3. Third suspension
    1. Ten days off the school bus.
  4. Fourth suspension
    1. Suspension from the school bus for the remainder of the semester.
  5. Severe clause
    1. A severe incident could result in immediate suspension from the school bus.

Suspension appeal

A parent/guardian of a student wishing to appeal a school bus suspension may do so by contacting the building principal within 24 hours of the suspension.