All Mars Area School District parent(s)/guardian(s) are reminded that school buses are to be considered an extension of the classroom; therefore, student misconduct will not be tolerated at any time. In the event that students are exhibiting inappropriate behavior that may affect their own safety and the safety of others, the District has instructed bus drivers to stop the bus in a safe location, address the students, and wait until the behavior has ceased before continuing on the buses’ designated route. Parent(s)/guardian(s) should be aware that, should this procedure become necessary, travel times both to and from school may be affected.
All parent(s)/guardian(s) are also reminded that cameras are in use on all school buses providing transportation for the Mars Area School District. The use of video and/or audio recording equipment supports efforts to maintain discipline and to ensure the safety and security of all students, staff, contractors and others being transported by the District and its contracted transportation provider. If inappropriate behavior is reported, the Building Principal, Transportation Office and the bus company will review the video to determine how best to address the behavior and whether disciplinary procedures are necessary.
Mars Area School District makes every effort to safely transport students to and from school. Specific questions regarding school bus transportation may be directed to Mrs. Jane Roth, Director of Transportation, at (724) 625-1507.