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Student Transportation Regulations
Student use of automobiles to and from school is a privilege governed by rules at the three high schools and Hamilton Career Center. Each school reserves the right to approve or disapprove the granting of driving privileges to students for activities or programs during the regular school day, as well as use of automobiles to and from school. All students that drive or ride in automobiles to the Career Center are expected to be in compliance with these regulations. It is the student’s responsibility to know the rules and regulations that apply to use of automobiles.

General regulations for students that drive/ride in automobiles to the Hamilton Career Center:

  • Students must complete the “Alive at 25”  or “Drive Smart” course and obtain a parking hang tag from their home school to be eligible to drive to HCC.

  • Students must have written parent/guardian permission to drive/ride to HCC. The permission form must be completed each school year; permission does not carry over from one school year to the next.

  • Only students in 10th, 11th or 12th grade may drive to HCTC; students in 10th, 11th or 12th grade may ride with a student that has transport permission. Students in 9th grade may not ride or drive to HCTC.

  • Upon submitting their permission form, students will be issued a decal/sticker that specifies their transportation privilege; to change privileges a student must submit another permission form. 

  • Driver Decal: Displayed on the outside driver-side upper front window; allows student (11th and 12th grade) to drive with no passengers.

  • Transport Decal: Displayed on the outside driver-side upper front window allows student (11th and 12th grade) to drive and transport only students that have rider permission; limit three total occupants in a vehicle. 

  • 10th Grade Driver ONLY: Displayed on the outside driver-side upper front window; allows 10th grade student to drive with NO passengers.  

  • All passengers must have access to a NHTSA certified seat belt. Note: this will limit many trucks to two total occupants; note also that a driver is considered an occupant.

  • Rider Sticker: Displayed on home school ID; allows a student in 10th through 12th grade to ride with a student that has a Transport Decal for transporting a maximum of two passengers.

  • Violation of any transportation rules/regulations may result in temporary or permanent loss of drive/ride privileges.  Violation of a required order to ride the HCTC bus from home school is considered non-compliance and will warrant additional disciplinary action.

Additional rules and regulations for HCTC students:

  • All students will park in the green student parking spaces unless authorized by school personnel to park in another area. 

  • Students should proceed to class once arriving on campus; students should not loiter in the parking lot before, during, and after classes.

  • It is the driver’s responsibility to check all occupants in the vehicle to ensure that all passengers have the correct rider permission.

  • Any student that accumulates seven (7)  unexcused tardies during the course of a semester may lose their drive/ride privileges for the remainder of that semester. Students that cut class may also lose their drive/ride privileges.  Vehicles are expected to be maintained in a manner to prevent tardiness to class; absences and tardiness due to vehicle failure are unexcused.

  • The speed limit on campus is 15 mph; students should avoid quick starts and stops that create tire noise. Students should also avoid playing music too loudly or the using of microphones while on campus.

  • Reckless driving, irresponsible behavior, speeding, and/or other moving violations while traveling between schools which are confirmed by any law enforcement agency or school district personnel may result in the loss of driving/riding privileges for the remainder of the school year.

  • Students are not permitted to ride in the back of a truck, including open or enclosed beds, or in any way hang out of any moving vehicle; this also includes not riding on the hood or trunk of cars. All doors should be in the “closed” position while the vehicle is in motion.

  • Driving or riding in any vehicle between schools while possessing, consuming, or being under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance is prohibited and will result in punishment in accordance with the district’s discipline code and loss of driving/riding privileges.

  • Driving/riding to HCC after privileges have been suspended or revoked is considered non-compliance and will result in suspension from school.