Safe. Dependable. Efficient.
The Marana Unified School District covers 550 square miles with hundreds of school buses providing safe, dependable, and efficient transportation. All vehicles in the fleet are up-to-date with route buses being 2012 and newer. Buses are equipped with safety features that include air conditioning, video monitoring, GPS, and air doors.
Marana school buses transport over 4,000 students and travel approximately 11,277 miles on a daily basis. As of January 2020, the transportation fleet consists of 145 buses, 116 white fleet service and student activity vehicles, and 78 pieces of special equipment like tractors, mowers, and more!
Like you, our desire is your child’s safety from the moment they leave your home until they return safely that afternoon. This can best be achieved by working together. You can help by discussing with your child a few simple but effective precautions concerning their time away from home.
These precautions include making sure you and your child know the following:
- The walking route to take to and from the bus stop and the proper behavior en route
- The safety precautions and appropriate conduct to be maintained at the bus stop and on the bus, including use of safety belts
- The correct bus route number
- What to do if the bus is more than 15 minutes late
- Carry school ID at all times
In addition, it is critical that your child always boards and departs the bus at the correct stop as known and approved by you. A signed note from the parent/guardian is required for a student to ride a different bus or to get off at a different stop. The note must be given to school staff who will then issue a bus permit for the student to provide for the bus driver. Children should be at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time.
Although we hope it will never be necessary for your family to be concerned with violations of bus rules, you and your child should be aware of the discipline procedures designed to correct problems. Please take a few moments to go over these rules. The consequences of inappropriate behavior or actions on the bus are fully explained in the Student Code of Conduct.
Please note: incidents involving major violations described in the student code of conduct may result in a suspension of riding privileges; students may also be charged for any damage caused to the bus and/or for the cleaning of graffiti from the bus.
Bus stops are reviewed carefully on an ongoing basis for safety and effectiveness. As per state requirements, bus stops may be no closer than a minimum of 600 feet and may be subject to other state, district or homeowner association guidelines.
By working together, we can safeguard your child from potential hazards associated with all aspects of transportation, both on and off the bus. We hope you and your child have a productive and safe year.
Rules of Conduct
Bus Rules OverviewRiding a bus to and from school in MUSD is a privilege not to be taken lightly. All students attending MUSD schools will at times ride a bus, either to and from school, for field trips, athletic trips, or other school functions. All students must understand and observe good conduct, courtesy, cooperation, and respect for the authority of the bus driver. Arizona state law states that the driver of the school bus is responsible for orderly conduct and safety of pupils and other passengers being transported in accordance with the policy established by the Governing Board of the district.Arriving at bus stop:
Crossing the roadway:
- Leave home in good time so that you will arrive at the pickup point five minutes before the school bus is scheduled to arrive.
- If other students are waiting at the bus stop, get in line without pushing or crowding and stay off the roadway.
Boarding the bus:
- If you must cross the road, walk to a point about ten (10) feet in front of bus but do not cross until you can see that the driver has indicated that it is safe to do so.
- As you cross the road, look continuously to the right and left. At an intersection, look in all directions.
- Cross at right angles. Never cross the roadway diagonally.
- Walk briskly across the road, but do not run.
Conduct on the bus:
- Line up in single file parallel to the roadway, with younger students in front, so they can board first.
- Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to get on board.
- Board the bus quickly but without crowding or pushing.
- Never run on the bus, as the steps or floor may be slippery, especially in wintertime. Place your foot squarely on the step, not on the edge, and use the handrail.
- Be particularly careful if you are carrying books or parcels, as it is difficult to see the steps and to hold the handrail.
- Go directly to your seat and sit straight, well to the back of the seat, and face the front of the bus.
Please note that the driver is required to assign a specific seat to each student. Generally kindergarten students are assigned to sit in the first few rows of seats. Other students may sit with friends, but may be re-assigned to another seat if conduct does not meet expectations.
- Seatbelts must be worn at all times.
- No eating or drinking (other than water) is permitted on the bus.
- Remain seated throughout the trip, and leave your seat only when the bus has reached its destination and comes to a complete stop.
- Keep your belongings, including electronic devices, on your lap or put them under the seat. Musical instruments must not occupy space required for seating of other students.
- Keep the aisle clear.
- Avoid doing anything that might disturb or interfere with the driver. Refrain from loud or boisterous talking or yelling; use your classroom voice.
- Aerosol sprays, perfumes, etc., must be kept secure and unopened during the bus ride.
- Never stick hands, arms, head, or feet out of the windows of the bus.
- Do not throw anything within the bus or out of a window.
- Do not touch the emergency door or exit controls or any of the bus safety equipment.
- Do not discard trash in the bus.
- Follow the directions and instructions of the school bus driver.
Exiting the bus:
- Tobacco is not allowed in a school bus.
- Alcoholic beverages shall not be carried in a school bus.
- Insects, reptiles, or other animals shall not be transported in a school bus. [A.A.C. R17-9-104]
- No weapon, explosive device, harmful drug, or chemical shall be transported in a school bus.
- No skateboards, glass items, or balloons will be allowed in the school bus.
- Remain seated until the bus has reached its destination and comes to a complete stop.
- Do not push or crowd when leaving the bus.