Parents/Guardians have the responsibility of supervision of their child until the child boards the bus in the morning and after the child leaves the bus at the end of the school day. Parents/Guardians must understand students are under the jurisdiction of the school while going to and from school.
In view of the fact that a bus is an extension of the classroom, the East Porter County School Corporation shall require children to conduct themselves on the bus and at the bus stop in a manner consistent with the established standards for classroom behavior. In cases where children do not conduct themselves properly on the bus, such instances are to be brought to the attention of the building principal by the bus driver. Children who become a serious discipline problem on the school bus may have riding privileges suspended by the driver or principal. In such cases, the parents/guardians of the child involved become responsible for the safe transportation of the child to and from school.
If, in an emergency, a student is to ride a different bus or walk to a destination after school, a note is required from the parent to the principal explaining the emergency in advance. If permission is granted, the principal will issue a temporary student bus pass which must be presented to the bus driver upon entering the bus. The principal has final authority to decide whether or not circumstances are of an emergency nature.
School bus drivers are to have control of all school children conveyed by bus. The drivers shall: keep order, maintain discipline among the children on the bus, treat all children in a civil manner, see that no child is imposed upon or mistreated while in his/her charge, and use every care for safety of the children under their charge. School bus drivers shall assure that the following regulations are observed by all passengers.
Early and Late Bus Rules
The term early and late bus refers to those buses which make a second route before or after school. Students riding these buses are to meet in the cafeteria, gymnasium, or hall where supervision will be provided. This time is an extension of the school day, and therefore, school rules and policies apply. The following guidelines will also be observed.
The East Porter County School Corporation Transportation Department safely and effective transports more than 2,000 students each day on a fleet of 38 buses.
The transportation department is led by our Transportation Manager, Mrs. Jennifer Heinrichs. Along with Mrs. Heinrichs, three transportation assistants, Mrs. Carol Baird (Kouts), Mr. Brian Nagle (Morgan Township), and Mr. Jim Polarek (Washington Township), assist all bus drivers in ensuring their buses are well-maintained and safe for our students.
To read the transportation and bus rules, please click on the link.
East Porter County School Corporation is now in its second year of 1:1 implementation for grades 9-12. The program was expanded at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year to include grades 6-8 as well. We are excited about the opportunities this will continue to offer our students.
The mission of the 1:1 program at East Porter County School Corporation is to engage, enlighten, and empower our students for success in school and life. Creating a 1:1 environment will enable students and teachers to enhance student learning and engagement, while also promoting the development of lifelong learners. Students will transition from consumers of information to creative producers and owners of knowledge.
East Porter County School Corporation understands we need to prepare our students for an ever-changing world that sees technological advancements happening at a rapid rate. We are committed to providing our students with the skills they need for success after leaving our campuses.
Other Instructional Technology Information
Grades K-1: Students in grades K-1 have access to Android tablets in their classrooms.
Grades 2-5: Laptop carts are available to teachers for checkout and use in the classrooms.
Grades K-5: Android tablets are available through checkout in the Media Centers. Computer labs are also available for instruction and administration of online assessments.
Instructional Technology Professional Development
Teachers participate in monthly technology-focused professional development during PLC time. This year's topics include GAFE Basics, Open Educational Resources, Classroom Management, Digital Citizenship, and Online Assessment.
In addition, teachers are offered a variety of opportunities to continue to grow and learn alongside our students. This nine weeks, teachers are discussing hyperdocs, digital field trips, A Google a Day, BreakoutEDU, and the new Google Sites.
Mrs. Diana Gill
Instructional Technology Coach