The Special Services Department welcomes communication regarding special education and related topics with all stakeholder groups, especially parents. Through an annual parent survey process, parents have communicated wanting more information about topics and organizations supporting youth with disabilities. As a result, a planning group of parents, partner agencies and District leadership staff designed three educational sessions available for all parents/guardians of youth with disabilities, during the 2018-2019 school year.
The Sioux Falls School District believes that a valuable element of education is the development of respect for all individuals and seeks to provide equal access/equal opportunity for students, employees and the public to District programs and activities.
In an effort to provide a safe, respectful educational environment, the District prohibits discrimination in its policies, employment practices, programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, disability, national origin or ancestry, military/veteran status, genetic information or any other category protected by law. The District prohibits acts of discrimination toward any individual(s) while on District property or at District sponsored activities. Additionally, the District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.
The District will investigate all reports of harassment/discrimination, bullying, or other allegations harmful to the school environment.
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A 2019 NASDPTS survey identified 95,000 illegal passes across 39 states in a single day; that’s over 17 million near misses in one school year.
Given this information, now is a good time to refresh ourselves on how to share the roads with school buses, and create a safer environment for students. The Sioux Falls School District wants each student to get to school, and back home again, safely, every day. While school buses are statistically the safest way for students to travel, there are things everyone can do to keep school buses, and students, safe.
Help keep your child safe by reviewing our School Bus SMART rules at home. These rules are posted at schools, on buses, in school newsletters, and are available in videos your child will see. But if they also hear them from you, they’ll be more likely to remember them.
Stay in your seat while the bus is moving For your safety and the safety of everyone around you.
Manage yourself and your space on the bus Keep items in your bag and pick up after yourself.
Act like you are in the classroom The exact same rules, expectations, and consequences apply on the bus.
Remain inside the bus at all times This means hands, feet, heads, and any possessions – to keep everyone safe.
Treat other people and property with respect Your driver is working hard to get you to and from school safely, other students deserve to be treated the same way you want to be treated, the bus belongs to all students, and you share a bus stop with a neighborhood. Act like it.
If your students have questions about bus safety, encourage them to ask their driver, teachers, counselors or principals. If your student encounters bullying on a bus, in any way, they should tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
Continuing Training and Education: Drivers and aides attended two 8-hour training session in August, before the start of the school year.
Professional Associations: School Bus, Inc. is a member of the SDSTA (South Dakota School Transportation Association), MSBOA (Minnesota School Bus Operators Association), MCBOA (Minnesota Coach Bus Operators Association), UMA (United Motor Coach Association), NST A (National School Transportation Association), NAPT (National Association for Pupil Transportation), United States Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Better Business Bureau, Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, Forward Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Development Foundation and Sioux Falls Construction Committee.
Chuck Hey is the past president of MSBOA and NSTA. Steve Hey is a past Board member of NSTA. Jim Shafer is currently the Treasurer of SDSTA. Jim continues to be involved with the State of South Dakota as a past member of the School Bus Rules, Construction, and Operations Review Committee. This review committee \Vas a result of the School Bus National Minimum Safety Standards Conference held in Warrensburg, Missouri. This conference is held once every five years and was attended by Chuck Hey and Jim Shafer in 1985 and 1990. Jim Shafer attended 1995, 2000, and the 2010 conference. Val Nardini attended the 2005 conference. Jim continues to work with the Department of Education concerning school bus rules and regulations.
Driver/Aide Safety Awards & Company Awards: Safety awards were handed out to 67 drivers and 36 aides. These awards were for accident-free driving for the drivers and student safety for the aides. Jim Shafer (2000) and the safety director (2015) received NSTA's prestigious Golden Merit Award for outstanding operating achievements in areas of safety, driver training, business practice, and superior service to the schools, the community, and the pupil transportation industry.
Why are School Buses Safe? Safety features including the color and size of school buses, height, reinforced sides, flashing red lights, cross-view mirrors, and crossing and stop sign arms ensure children are protected and secure on and off the bus. The compartmentalization of the area where students also protect their safety.
0 Single 66 passenger and under 2 Double 66 passenger and under 0 Single 67 to 72 passenger 0 Double 67 to 72 passenger 0 Single 73 to 78 passenger 131 Double 73 to 78 passenger 13 Double 79 to 84 Passenger 12 Triple Double Elementary 73 to 78 passenger
Special Education Routes
18 Single 104 Double 0 Triple
Fee-Based and Special Program Routes
Fee-Based (Elementary and Middle School) Routes
1 Single 73 to 78 passenger 7 Double 73 to 78 passenger 1 Single 79 to 84 passenger 1 Double 79 to 84 passenger
Special Program Routes
7 Structured Teach/Summit Oaks/Success 9 Elementary and Middle School Immersion Center 1 McGovern after school activity route 18 ELL 18 CTE and New Tech High 10 High School Tripper Buses 5 High School Pusher Routes