•                                                                                         Ann Smith Elementary

                                                                                      306 South Pear Orchard Road

                                                                                              Ridgeland, MS 39157


                                                                                           Karen Harness, Principal

                                                                                      Adam Frazier, Assistant Principal




    Dear Parents and Guardians,


    Ann Smith Elementary School and Durham Bus Service’s first bus priority is to SAFELY transport students to and from Ann Smith Elementary in as orderly a manner as possible. There are certain behaviors that create an unsafe bus environment. These behaviors also set a negative tone for the rest of the school day. We are seeking to reduce or eliminate these behaviors.


    BE RESPONSIBLE. BE RESPECTFUL. BE SAFE.Students who engage in the following unsafe bus behaviors will be subject to corrective action:


    • Moving in the aisle while the bus is moving
    • Yelling or talking in a loud manner
    • The use of profanity
    • Threatening, bullying, or harassing other students
    • Throwing objects
    • Standing on bus seats
    • Hanging out of the window or throwing objects out of the window
    • Disobeying the bus driver’s instructions
    • Engaging in any activity which distracts the bus driver from safely transporting students to and from Ann Smith Elementary
    • Fighting (both verbal and physical)


    This is not an exhaustive list. Other offenses include the offenses listed on pages 43-45 of The Madison County Schools handbook policy (available on the Madison County District Website). The following consequences will be in place for these offenses.


    1stoffense – Warning and parental contact

    2ndoffense – corporal punishment or a 2 day bus suspension

    3rdoffense – corporal punishment or a 3 day bus suspension

    4thoffense – 4 day bus suspension

    5thoffense – 5 day bus suspension

    6thoffense – suspension from the bus until year’s end


    Fighting or behaving in a manner which endangers other students may warrant immediate  corrective action.


    Ann Smith administration will be made aware of these offenses by the bus driver’s write up.


    Ann Smith administration also has the ability to view bus video in order to further investigate incidents. Students seen on video breaking the bus rules will be subject to the corrective action detailed above. For your student’s, and all students’ protection and privacy, the viewing of bus video will be limited to Madison County and administration and Durham.


    Thank you for your cooperation with the bus safety guidelines. Once again, our primary bus goal is to safely transport our students to and from school in as orderly a manner as possible.


    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. 601-856-6621



    Adam Frazier