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Important Information
Just a reminder that if you have moved or are planning on moving, alert the school as soon as possible. You will need to provide us with proof of your new address as well as the moving date. It takes 5-10 days when a new stop has to be created. We may be able to provide a temporary stop if you are still in Azalea's school zone. Please call the Assistant Principal, for assistance.

If the bus is late in the morning call the District call center at 587-2020. If the bus is late at the end of the day call the school 893-2187.

Stops will be established in such a manner so that students will not be required to cross a multilane road (i.e., three or more lanes, including a turn lane) to get to/from the bus door. Students must use the same bus stop each day, morning and afternoon. Parents cannot change bus stops without going through the proper channels. Students who do not ride the bus ARE NOT allowed to ride home with a bus student. This is District policy.
Transportation is a student privilege, not a “right”. Parents and students must understand that transportation privileges are contingent on acceptable student behavior aboard buses and at bus stops.
Parents are not allowed to ride the bus without prior written consent from transportation.

Helpful hints and suggestions from the Transportation Department of Pinellas County Schools:
A. Students arrive at their bus stop at least 5-10 minutes before the bus
is scheduled to arrive AND be ready to board the bus.
B. The safety of their child to and from bus stops and home.
C. Selecting their child’s walk routes to and from bus stops and home.
(Parents should assist their young child by escorting them to and from
their bus stop until the child learns how to walk safely on their own.)
D. Student conduct and safety while waiting for the bus.
E. Reviewing the bus rules with their child.
F. Making sure their child knows their bus number and stop location.

Note: Drivers are not permitted to wait at bus stops for late arrivals. It is suggested that students arrive at bus stops not more than ten (10) minutes and not less than five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled pick up time.




Bus Expectations
Safety is our number one concern. Therefore, we have bus expectations to maintain a safe and comfortable ride to and from school. REMEMBER your Driver and bus assistant (if applicable) are your leader(s) when you are riding the bus.

Azalea Elementary’s Student Bus Expectations

Goal: Students will behave respectfully and responsibly while riding the bus each day.

Bus Rules:
• Stay properly seated with seat belts on at all times while bus is in
motion.
• Speak respectfully to everyone on the bus.
• No eating or drinking on the bus.
• Use a Level 1 or 2 voice level.
• Remain silent (Level 0) when lights are on.
• All items (except books) are kept in backpacks
• Keep aisle clear and face forward(talk only to your neighbor sitting
next to you.

If a student does not follow the rules:
-1st offense for minor infractions –verbal warning
-2nd offense for minor infractions-talk with parent/alert AP
-3rd offense for minor infractions- bus warning slip
4th offense for minor infractions – bus referral
-MAJOR infractions will result in bus referral


Minor Infractions
• Refusing to obey or being disrespectful to driver/assistant
• Eating/drinking/chewing gum
• Too noisy
• Profanity
• Seatbelt not fastened/out of seat
• Spitting
• Talking, making noises at RR crossings
• Pushing, shoving, tripping
Major Infractions
• Spitting at or on someone
• Fighting
• Throwing objects inside or outside of bus
• Vandalism


Following the simple bus rules ensures your children arriving to and from school safely. Please discuss the rules with your child(ren).


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