Transportation Safety Plan

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year in Santee School District and welcome to the Transportation Department. Bus pass issuance will be done virtually again this year. Bus passes will remain valid for one school year only and your student will need a new pass each year.

Attached you will find information on school bus rules, proper behavior at the bus stop, while on board the bus and while traveling to the bus stop, and the approved bus stop locations with morning bus departure times and approximate afternoon drop off times. This information is being provided to you in accordance with California Educational Code. Even though your child may not ride the school bus to or from school, this information is also important should your child go on an activity trip with his/her class.

School bus transportation is the safest form of pupil transportation. Through the combined efforts of this department, the school staff, the students and parents, we will continue to make your child's transportation to and from school a safe and an enjoyable ride.

To become a school bus driver in the State of California, one must receive extensive training in the laws and regulations regarding school pupil transportation, defensive driving techniques, emergency procedure, first aid, and many hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. In addition, the driver must receive training every year in matters pertaining to school pupil safety. California's school bus drivers are among the best-trained drivers in the country. Santee School District buses are compliant with CCR 1294.

In addition to the safety record of school buses and bus drivers, having your child ride the school bus is environmentally friendly as it reduces the number of cars on the road and economically sound, especially with the rising cost of fuel.

Even though the school bus driver is highly trained, students are responsible to demonstrate safe riding behavior. Students will be required to wear their seatbelt if the bus is so equipped (5 CCR 14105). Student misconduct can create an unsafe ride for all students on board the bus. Please review the enclosed information on school bus safety rules and behavior with your child/children. Proper behavior while traveling to and while at the bus stop is also expected.

The Santee School District Board has adopted procedures to help enforce the rules and ensure proper conduct on the bus and while at the bus stop. All students on board the bus are under the authority of and directly responsible to the bus driver. If a student fails to follow the rules, the driver will issue a bus referral to the student. The following system is used when referrals are issued:

1st referral: A copy is sent home with the student to notify the parent that there has been unacceptable behavior. The original is mailed home with a letter of warning and a copy of the bus rules. The original must be signed by the parent and returned to the bus driver.

2nd referral: A second referral will result in a denial of transportation privileges of 3 to 10 days. A copy is sent home with the student to notify the parent that there has been a second occurrence of unacceptable behavior. The original is mailed home with a letter explaining the dates and duration of the student's denial of transportation privileges. The original is to be signed by the parent and returned to the bus driver.

3rd referral: A third referral will result in a denial of transportation privileges for the remainder of the school year. A copy is sent home with the student to once again notify the parent of unacceptable behavior. The original is mailed home with a letter explaining the beginning date of the student's denial of transportation privileges.

Denial of transportation privileges can occur at any time, depending upon the offense committed by the student.

Santee School District offers General Education transportation to eligible students living within the transportation zone established at each school. This service is offered only to the following schools: Chet F. Harritt, PRIDE Academy, Hill Creek and Pepper Drive. Schools not listed do not receive General Education Transportation. The information included in this packet, along with a Transportation Rider Information form, will be emailed to all eligible families with students residing in the transportation area for their home school.

Santee School District does not charge for transportation and this service will continue to be offered free of charge. However, each student will be required to have a valid Bus Pass in order to ride the bus. Initial Bus Passes will be issued free of charge. A $10.00 fee will be charged for replacement of a lost, stolen, or mutilated Pass. Please ensure you student understands the necessity of keeping their Bus Pass secure.

A completed Transportation Rider Request form is required in order to have a bus pass issued for your childPlease complete the form Transportation Request Form. Your student(s) new pass will be given to your in the student/s during the first week of school by the bus driver.

Students are required to scan their Bus Pass in the bus each time they board the bus and depart the bus. Repeated failure to do so may result in revocation of bus riding privileges. The passes are child specific and cannot be transferred to any other student. Any student, who gives their bus pass to another student for use or tampers with the pass to alter identity or other information, may have their riding privileges revoked.

Bus stops are established based on density of ridership in a specific area. Upon application for the bus pass, the bus stop nearest your home residence will be assigned. Students may not switch between bus stops and there will only be one authorized A.M. and P.M. bus stop per student.

We require students be at the AM bus stop at least 5 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. If the bus arrives early, the driver will wait until the assigned time before departing.

In the afternoon, buses depart each school 7 minutes after the dismissal bell. Please have your student plan accordingly.

We look forward to having your child ride our buses and should you have any questions feel free to call the Transportation Department at (619) 258-2337.

Debbie Griffin

Director of Transportation


Walking To and From School Bus Stops

When walking to and from designated bus stops, students should be respectful of other people's property. Students are to:

  • Walk off the roadway or as close to the edge of the roadway as possible
  • Check traffic carefully before crossing any roadway
  • Go directly to their designated school bus stop or home
  • Wait for the bus driver to escort them across the street as described below, and
  • Not cause any destruction of private property.

General Rules of Conduct at School Bus Loading Zones

Student conduct at the bus stop should be the same as required on the school grounds. Actions such as littering, spitting, throwing any object, vandalism, pushing, shoving, and harassment of others will not be tolerated. Student misconduct at the bus stop will be dealt with in the same manner as misconduct on the school bus. A list of the Bus Rules and Regulations is included with this letter


Students are required to be at the bus stop five minutes before the bus arrives at the stop so there is no danger of them running to catch the bus. Students should be lined up in a single file line and ready to board when they see the bus approaching. Students should wait until the driver sets the parking brake and opens the door before moving towards the bus.

If a student is approaching the bus stop and sees the bus already at the stop, he/she should not run to the stop. If the driver sees a student walking towards the bus, he/she will wait for them. If a student is on the opposite side of the street, he/she must wait there until the driver activates the red crossover lights, exits the bus, is in the proper position for escorting the pupil across the street and has given the student direction to cross the street. Students must cross the street between the driver and the front of the bus.

If a student is walking to a bus stop, but is too far away for the driver to see him/her, and/or is seen after the bus leaves the bus stop, the driver cannot stop and pick up the student. The bus can only stop at designated bus stops.


When the bus reaches the bus stop, the student(s) must remain seated until the bus has come to a full stop, the parking brake is set, the door is opened and the students are given the signal from the driver that it is safe to exit the bus. Students are to walk directly away from the bus and should not loiter around the bus stop area.

When there are students who must cross the street, there are certain procedures the law requires the driver and the student to follow. The bus driver is required to do a "red light crossing" and escort all students in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. Students will follow the driver off the bus and must wait on the sidewalk or side of the roadway until the driver instructs them to cross the street. Students are to cross between the front of the bus and the driver. It is important for them to walk and not run. Go directly across the street to the other side and do not stand in the street. It is the driver's responsibility to see that all students have completely and safely crossed the street.

Statistics show that most injuries and fatal accidents happen during the loading and unloading of the school bus. Children need to know that there is a "Danger Zone" around the bus where the driver cannot see them in their mirrors. This "Danger Zone" is twelve feet wide and completely surrounds all sides of the bus. When the students know and follow the safe loading and unloading procedures they will create a much safer bus stop environment for all students and the bus driver.

Safe Riding Practices

Some accidents are indirectly caused by students who distract the bus driver. Good student behavior while entering, riding, or exiting the bus contributes in many ways to safe transportation. Such conduct makes it possible for the driver to give full attention to the safe operation of the bus and hold those conditions that might cause pupils to be injured to a minimum.

Fighting on the bus, any movement out of the seats, excessive noise and boisterous conduct are examples of things that are distracting to the driver. It is the students' responsibility to have good behavior on the bus. If they practice good behavior, it will make the ride on the bus safer for everyone.

Parent Responsibility

Parents are expected to have their children ready on time and to inform them that they are to maintain good behavior at the bus stop as well as on the bus. Inappropriate behavior can result in suspension of bus riding privileges.

Kindergarten students will be released at the bus stop without supervision unless a written request is made stating they must be met and by whom. Should there be no authorized person at the bus stop to meet the child the driver will return the child to the school. If this occurs on 3 separate occasions, we will no longer honor the request for your child to be released to a responsible person and the child will be released without supervision.

An open line of communication must be maintained between parent, school authorities, and the transportation department so that when problems do develop, parents are aware of them.

Objects That CANNOT Be Transported On the Bus

Live Animals, Reptiles and Insects

Alcoholic Beverages

Guns, Knives or Weapons of any kind

Ammunition of any kind

Glass Objects

Tobacco or vape devices


Lighters and /or Matches


Objects that are too large or bulky

Sharp Objects


Designated School Bus Stops

There are pre-assigned bus stops that the bus driver may use to pick up and drop off students. Your child is required to use the stop which is closest to your home or child's destination. Students who do not reside or receive child care within the "Transportation areas" for their home school are not permitted to ride the bus.

Students who will need to cross the street that the school bus is parked on, in order to walk to/from their home or destination, will be determined by the Transportation office utilizing the Transportation Rider Information form. The address used on this form must match the home address on file with the School District. The driver will be notified of the student's need to cross the street so the driver can ensure that the student crosses the street safely as required by law. (VC 22112)

Transportation is provided after school for students from each of the schools to the Boys and Girls Club and the Santee Teen Center. This must be arranged through the Boys and Girls Club and the City of Santee, Recreation Program. Fees for this transportation are required by and payable to each program.

If your child attends either of these programs, please state their destination on the Transportation Rider Information sheet.

Procedures to Ensure That a Pupil is Not Left Unattended on a School Bus

Between routes, at the completion of a route/run and before departing the school bus at a staging location/ bus terminal the driver must deactivate the child safety alert system (VC 28160). The driver will thoroughly check the school bus for students, personal items and trash.

Notice of Use of Camera Surveillance on School Bus

Santee School District ("District") will be utilizing camera surveillance on your student's school bus beginning September 30th, 2019. This action is being taken to ensure the safety of students and staff, and to reduce vandalism and theft, pursuant to Board Policy 3515(a). Any audio recording capability will be disabled, such that the audio will not be recorded or maintained. The District will not be continuously monitoring the camera surveillance, but will periodically review the recordings. The recordings may be used in disciplinary proceedings, and matters captured by the camera may be referred to local law enforcement, as appropriate.

To the extent that any images from the District's surveillance system create a student or personnel record, the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the images are accessed, retained, and disclosed in accordance with law, Board policy, administrative regulation, and any applicable collective bargaining agreements.

Adult Chaperones

Schools shall provide at least 1 adult chaperone to accompany pupils on each activity/ field trip bus.

Annual Evacuation Training

Each school year all students who ride the school bus will, practice an emergency evacuation drill (ED 39831.5).


To make our transportation system as safe as possible, it is mandatory for all students to

comply with the following rules and regulations that were established by the Santee School District Board according to State regulations. The parent or guardian will be held responsible for the cost of repair or replacement of any damaged district property, plus any reward offered for information leading to the identification of the student or person that caused the damage.

Please discuss the following basic rules concerning school bus behavior with your child so that they may cooperate in providing a safe ride for all:

  1. Only normal conversation is allowed in the bus. Rude, discourteous and annoying conduct is prohibited at all times.
  2. Nothing is to be put out of the bus windows at any time. Objects are not to be thrown in to, out of or at the bus.
  3. Students are to remain seated while the bus is in motion. The aisles are to remain clear and everyone is to face forward while sitting in the seats. If the bus seats are equipped with passenger restraint systems (seat belts), they must be worn.
  4. Preparation for boarding and departing from the bus will take place after the bus has come to a complete stop and the door is opened.
  5. Emergency doors are to be used only for intended purposes. Students must keep their hands off emergency equipment as this is to be used in case of an accident or emergency.
  6. Physical contact such as slapping, hitting, poking, shoving, pulling hair, etc. in the bus or while at the bus stop is unacceptable.
  7. Glass articles, of any kind are no allowed on the bus.
  8. Animals, reptiles or insects of any kind are prohibited.
  9. All students who must cross the street on which the bus is stopped, must cross in front of the bus with the bus driver.
  10. Eating, drinking, and chewing gum is not permitted on the bus.
  11. All students will refrain from using profane language, vulgar gestures, taunting and teasing, etc.
  12. Damage to or defacing the bus is prohibited.
  13. Students must not tamper with bus controls at any time.
  14. Spitting is prohibited at all times.
  15. Students are to ride the bus to/from their designated bus stop only.
  16. Students are to give accurate identification when requested by the driver.
  17. Tobacco, lighters, vape devices and/or matches are not allowed on the bus.
  18. Electronic devices are to be used with headphones and for texting, music, and web browsing only. Picture taking or disruptive volumes or sharing is not allowed. The School District is not responsible for lost, damaged or missing property.
  19. Any behavior that endangers the life or limb of riders or the driver, or that creates an unsafe condition will not be tolerated.
  20. The bus driver is in charge of the bus and all students will show proper respect to the driver of the bus. The bus driver may designate where students must sit on the bus.

If you have any questions regarding the basic rules, please contact me at 258-2337.

Thank you,

Debbie Griffin

Director of Transportation

Please complete the form below

Transportation Request Form(Writable)