To and From School
The school personnel provide supervision of students on school property during school hours. Children should not arrive at school before designated arrival times and they are to leave the school grounds at dismissal time and/or bus pick-up times unless special provisions have been made by school personnel for a child at school beyond those times. When children are not on school property, as they come to and from school, they are the responsibility of parents. Please make clear to your children the school’s (and your) expectations for them in their trip to and from school. Walkers are to stay on sidewalks, to cross streets at designated crosswalks and are to follow behavior and safety rules established by the school in interacting with each other and with Safety Patrols.At some elementary schools, bicycle riders need to have a permission form signed by their parents and agree to follow our bicycle policies. Please check with your school office.
We hope that you will help us in instructing your child on ways to remain safe while walking and bicycling to and from school.
· Be sure your child can recite his/her name, address, and telephone number so if there is an emergency someone can more easily locate you, if necessary.
· Please tell your child to NEVER talk to, accept rides with, or take presents from a stranger. You need not pursue the subject any further than you feel is necessary.
· Check the Franklin County Sheriff Department website for current information regarding sexual offenders in your area.
Bicycle Policy - NOTE: Slate Hill does not allow bicycles
Only students in grades 4, 5 & 6 who live in the designated walking areas may ride their bicycles to school. All students outside of this attendance area are not permitted to ride bicycles because of the heavy traffic and dangerous roadways they’d encounter enroute to and from school. A permission form must be signed by parents and on file in the school office before a student may ride his/her bicycle. Roller blades, shoes with wheels, skateboards and scooters are not permitted on school grounds.
Parents are asked to discuss the following bicycle safety rules with their children before signing the required permission form.
Bicycle Safety Rules:
1. Stop and look both ways before entering the street.
2. Bikes are not to be ridden on sidewalks.
3. Ride in the same direction as traffic.
4. Use hand signals when turning and look in all directions.
5. Obey all traffic signs.
6. Only one bike rider per bike.
7. Always listen to the Safety Patrols and adult crossing guards.
8. Wear a securely fastened bicycle helmet.
9. Dismount bikes at crosswalks and designated entrances to school property. Walk the bikes directly to the bike racks. Once parked, bikes will remain locked in the racks until dismissal time. Bikes will be walked out to the same point after school.
Safe bicycle practices are expected at all times. Bicycle privileges will be revoked if these policies and safety practices are not followed.
Bicycle Permission Forms are available in the school office upon request.A new permission form must be completed each school year for each student before bike riding to and from school can begin.
Dropping Off or Picking Up Children at School
Each of our elementary schools has a traffic pattern specific to their school and community. It is critical to follow the school’s plan for dropping off and picking up your child(ren) to ensure the safety of all students and families.
Bus Service and Regulations
Bus service is provided for children who live over 1.5 miles from the school. Bus stops are established by the Transportation Department and are approved by the Worthington Board of Education. The phone number for the Transportation Department is 450-6600.
Drivers are responsible for and shall expect the orderly conduct of students. Students on the bus shall be under the authority of and are directly responsible to the driver. If students do not respond to the driver’s request for orderly conduct, the driver shall report this to the principal. Appropriate disciplinary action may be taken as determined by the school principal.
Parents are responsible for the safety of students while going to and from pickup points, until students get on the bus at the bus stops and as soon as students get off the bus in the neighborhood.
Buses operate on a time schedule; this schedule does not permit buses to wait for tardy students.
Regulations For Students Riding School Buses
1. The school bus driver shall be in charge of the bus at all times and shall be responsible for order.
2. Students riding school busses shall:
A. Arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to scheduled pickup time.
B. Board, leave, and ride the school bus in an orderly and non-disruptive manner;
C. Sit facing forward in his/her seat from the time of boarding until disembarking;
D. Refrain from engaging in any conversation or activity (including fighting) which could reasonably interfere with the safety of passengers or with the bus driver’s safe operation of the bus;
E. Refrain from conduct, conversation or forms of expression which could reasonably offend the ordinary sensibilities of others;
F. Do not vandalize or otherwise damage a school bus;
G. Do not eat or drink while in a school bus;
H. Do not transport animals, dangerous objects or materials;
I. Do not throw objects either out of or within the bus and do not extend any part of their body out of a window;
J. Make no noise while a school bus is approaching or crossing a railroad crossing or at any other point of danger as specified by the school bus driver;
K. Cross all streets at least 10 feet in front of the school bus and remain visible to the driver at all times;
L. Board or leave the bus only at assigned stops unless they have parental or administrative written authorization to do otherwise;
M. Upon departing the bus in the afternoon students are to proceed to a designated place of safety where they must remain until the bus leaves the stop.
A violation of any of the foregoing rules or of any provision of the student’s code of conduct shall constitute disorderly conduct and shall subject the student to suspension or termination of bus privileges, emergency removal, or other discipline, as determined by building principal.