Terms & Policies

Registration with the Placer Bus Group commits the parent or guardian of the rider to a full school year of bus service and payments.

Authority of the Bus Driver

TITLE V, CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS SECTION 14103 STATES: AUTHORITY OF THE DRIVER: Students transported in a school bus shall be under the authority of, and responsible directly to, the driver of the bus, and the driver shall be held responsible for the orderly conduct of the students while they are on the bus or being escorted across the street, highway or road. Continued disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the authority of the driver shall be sufficient reason for a student to be denied transportation. A bus driver shall not require any student to leave the bus en route between home and school or other destination.

1. Riders and their parents or guardians must agree to Discipline Policy and sign and submit the Placer Bus Group Discipline Policy Agreement and Medical Treatment Form before bus registration is complete.

2. The bus maintains a strict schedule. The driver will not open the doors for any rider at the bus stop or school once the doors have been closed in preparation for departure after the scheduled departure time.

3. The Placer Bus Group does not provide supervision at the bus stops before or after bus departure.

4. General Rules of conduct on the bus:

    • Students must stand 12 feet from the bus and not walk toward the bus until the door opens.
    • All students are to be seated quickly and as instructed by the driver with no arguments.
    • Students must remain seated while the bus is in motion.
    • Students are not to reach out or lean out of the windows.
    • There shall be no eating, drinking or gum chewing on the bus.
    • Students will not throw objects in the bus or out or a window.
    • Students will refrain from excessive noise, rude, discourteous conduct, or other unacceptable behavior.
    • Each student is responsible for his/her own property. Students are not to engage in horseplay or touch another student's property without permission.
    • A student may take guests on the bus provided they complete the occasional ridership form. Please see ridership eligibility section.

5. Violations:

    • Violation of any of the above rules or noncompliance of the bus drivers orders may result in a verbal or written warning, a suspension for up to five days, or expulsion from bus ridership depending on the severity and frequency of the violation(s).
    • In the event of a written warning or suspension, the Bus Driver will issue a written Incident Report, which will require both the student and parent/guardian to sign and return the Incident Report to the Bus Driver before being allowed to re-board the bus.
    • Appeals are only available for the expulsion of a rider from the bus and must be in submitted in writing to the Placer Bus Group within 5 days of termination of the student.

Discipline Policy Agreement Between Placer Bus Group
and Participating Students and Parents/Guardians

Because passenger safety on the bus is imperative, everyone must accept the absolute authority of the bus driver over the students during the operation of the bus.

  1. The bus driver will issue a written Incident Report describing the student’s misconduct.

  2. Each offense may result in a warning or suspension from the bus for one or two full days.

  3. Each Incident Report must be signed by the parent or guardian, and accepted/returned to the bus driver before the student can re-board the bus.

  4. Student refusal to accept the driver’s Incident Report will result in a five (5) day suspension for the offense. In such an event, the Incident Report will be sent by mail to the parent or guardian.

  5. A third suspendable incident during a school year may result in expulsion from the bus group. Notification of this action will again be done by mail.

  6. The driver’s decision in issuing an Incident Report is final.

Ridership Eligibility

Applications for riders are on a first come first served basis for those students residing in the Placer Foothill communities. Placer Bus Group reserves the right to refuse registration or service to any student.

Registration Policies:

  1. A $50 annual non-refundable family registration fee is due with registration.

  2. The parent/guardian is responsible for prompt payment of all fees. If the parent responsible for the fees changes during the course of the school year, the new responsible party must submit the necessary contact information to the Treasurer in a timely manner or service may be terminated. The parent may contact the Treasurer via email at the below address to transfer the account.

  3. The parent or guardian must complete the Medical Release Form and the student and parent or guardian must sign the Discipline Policy Agreement and Medical Treatment Form and return these documents to the Placer Bus Group before registration is complete.

  4. Registration will only be complete after the parent or guardian receives a notice that the student is registered to ride the bus. In addition current riders are eligible for the following year reregistration only if their account is paid in full.

  5. Registration obligates the family to a one year commitment to ride the bus. If a family wants to withdraw from the bus,or change status from roundtrip to afternoon only, the Placer Bus Group will forgive the yearly fee only if a replacement rider(s) is found and when the balance is paid in full.

  6. There will be a mandatory parent meeting in August before the start of school. Parents will be notified in a timely manner of the time and place.

  7. Occasional Rider: Placer Bus Group will allow occasional riders to ride between schools and to Rocklin and Auburn during the afternoons only. The occasional rider must have their parent or guardian complete the Occasional Rider Form. This will constitute registration (no registration fee required) with the Placer Bus Group for occasional rider service only. The Occasional Rider must present a copy of the signed form and the required fee to the bus driver each time they ride the bus. A seat is not guaranteed.

  8. Placer Bus Group reserves the right to impose a fuel surcharge of up to five percent of annual fees paid

  9. Fees are listed on the website payment page

Payment Dates:

    • Payment in full—due August 1 (Save $100!)
    • Semiannual payments—due August 1 and January 1 (Save $50!)
    • 9 equal monthly payments from August 1 to April 1

Late Fees, Returned Check Fees:

    All payments are due on the first of the month commencing on August 1. If payment is not received by the tenth of the month, a $25 late fee will be assessed. Payment is made on the date of the credit card transaction or USPS postmark. If payment is not received by the 15th of the month, the student may not ride the bus until the account is current. There will be an additional $25 fee if your check is not honored due to insufficient funds or for any other reason.

Refund Of Rider Fees:

    Registration with the Placer Bus Group commits the parent or guardian of the rider to a full school year of bus service and payments. If a substitute rider is found, prepaid fees may be refunded (full months only prorated to monthly payment plan). Registration Fees are non refundable.

    These Terms and Policies are subject to change by the Placer Bus Group. Changes to this document will be posted on the website, PlacerBusGroup.com at least thirty days prior to implementation. Riders, their parents and guardians are responsible for checking the website. Riders boarding the bus after to the new policy's effective date, shall be considered to agree to the new policy. Should riders, parents or guardians not agree to the revised terms, they must notify the Placer Bus Group in writing before the implementation date at the mailing address at the bottom of this page.