Policies and Procedures
- CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION
- DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS
- DRESS CODE
- EDUCATION OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN HOMELESS SITUATIONS
- ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT
- FIELD TRIPS
- HEALTH SERVICES AND REGULATIONS
- ID POLICY
- LOST AND FOUND
- PBIS REWARDS PROGRAM
- PERMANENT RECORDS
- SCHEDULE CHANGES
- STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY
- TOBACCO, DRUGS, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, VAPES
- TRANSFER OF STUDENTS
The State of Louisiana requires that all children from their seventh to their eighteenth birthdays must attend a public school, private day school, or must participate in an approved home study program. Any student above the compulsory attendance age who has excessive absences may be dropped from school with principal recommendation. School attendance is imperative, not only to satisfy requirements of the law but to help ensure student achievement and success. Every missed day of school is a missed opportunity to learn. As per State policy, St. Tammany Parish Public schools are responsible for enforcing the following requirements:
- Students are expected to be in attendance every student activity day scheduled by the St. Tammany Parish School Board.
- Schools must administer attendance regulations in accordance with State and locally adopted policies.
- In order to be eligible to receive credit for courses passed, high school students may not miss more than five (5) days of non-exempted excused absences, unexcused absences, and/or suspensions per semester.
- Students in grades K-8 who miss more than three (3) hours of instructional time during the school day will be considered absent for the entire day.
- Students participating in school sponsored activities/field trips that necessitate their being away from school shall be considered to be present and shall be given the opportunity to make up work.
Types of Absences
There are four types of absences a student may obtain: Type One: Exempted, Excused; Type Two: Non-Exempted Excused; Type Three: Unexcused; and Type Four: Suspensions.
Type One Absence: Exempted, Excused
Exempted, excused absences are those that allow the student to make up work missed and will not be counted against students in determining whether a student meets attendance requirements. There is no limit to the amount of exempted, excused absences a student can incur.
The exempted, excused absences are defined in the attendance policy as the following:
- Extended personal physical or emotional illness as verified by a physician or nurse practitioner licensed in the state.
- Extended hospital stay as verified by a physician or nurse practitioner licensed in the state.
- Extended recuperation from an accident as verified by a physician or nurse practitioner licensed in the state.
- Extended contagious disease within a family in which a student is absent as verified by a dentist or physician licensed in the state.
- Observance of special and recognized holidays of the student’s own faith with documentation provided.
- Visitation with an immediate family member who is a member of the United States Armed Forces or the National Guard of a state and such immediate family member has been called to duty for or is on leave from overseas deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting with proper documentation. These absences shall not exceed five days per school year.
- Travel for educational purposes. These absences must be approved prior to the travel with the supporting documentation submitted to the principal. Verification of the educational experience must be submitted upon return to school.
- Death in the immediate family with documentation. These absences shall not exceed five days.
- National catastrophe and/or disaster.
Type Two: Non-Exempted Excused Absences
Non-exempted excused absences are those incurred due to personal illness or serious illness in the family documented by parental notes. These absences allow the student to make up work missed and are considered in determining whether the student meets attendance requirements.
Type Three: Unexcused Absences
Unexcused absences are absences where a note is not provided to the principal, a note is provided outside of the specified time, or fails to meet the criteria to be excused. Students are not allowed to make up work for grading purposes and will be given failing grades for those days missed. These absences count against the student when determining whether the student meets attendance requirements.
Type Four: Suspensions
Suspensions are non-exempted absences. Students are allowed to make up work when suspended from school. The student shall receive the same credit originally available for such work if it is completed satisfactorily and timely as determined by the principal or the principal’s designee, upon recommendation of the student’s teacher. These absences count against the student when determining whether the student meets attendance requirements.
Regular school attendance shows a close relationship with the student's success in school. Students and parents need to refer to the Parish Handbook for all state and parish policies regarding excessive and excused absences. Upon returning to school after an absence of any length, the student must bring a signed note (on a full sheet of paper) from a parent explaining the absence. The excuse should contain the following:
- The student’s first and last name.
- The date(s) of the absence
- The date the excuse was written.
- The reason for the absence.
Any written excuse from a parent or doctor must be presented to the office of student services upon arrival to school. It is the student's responsibility to check with his/her teachers to set up a schedule for completion of all work missed. If an excuse is not brought within two days upon the student's return to school, a zero for work missed will be given. Students absent 10 days or more in one year may be retained.
During each Semester, the following disciplinary action will be taken for excessive tardies:
Tardy to school:
4- After school detention
5- Saturday detention
6- 1 day ISS
7- 2 day ISS
Tardy to class:
2-3- teacher assigned consequence
4 or more- state behavior report form for each offense
Any student who needs to leave school due to illness must check out through the office. No student will be allowed to check out unless a parent or guardian as designated on the student’s emergency card comes to the office to sign him/her out. Anyone wishing to check a student out must present a picture ID to the office staff. Students will not be called out of class to the office to check out until the parent/guardian arrives at FJH. Students must bring a written excuse for any class missed due to checking out of school in order to make up missed assignments. Students should not text parents to be checked out. Use of cell phones on campus could result in disciplinary action. Due to our daily dismissal procedures a student will not be allowed to check-out after 3:15 unless it is an emergency.
As defined by Act 861 of 2012, bullying is a pattern of one or more of the following:
- Gestures, including but not limited to obscene gestures and making faces;
- Written, electronic, or verbal communications, including, but not limited to calling names, threatening harm, taunting, malicious teasing, or spreading untrue rumors;
- Electronic communication including but is not limited to a communication or image transmitted by email, instant message, text message, blog, or social networking website through the use of a telephone, mobile phone, pager, computer, or other electronic device;
- Physical acts including but not limited to hitting, kicking, pushing, tripping, choking, damaging personal property, or unauthorized use of personal property;
- Repeatedly and purposefully shunning or excluding from activities; where the pattern of behavior is exhibited toward a student, more than once, by another student or group of students and occurs, or is received by a student while on school property, at a school-sponsored or school related function or activity, in any school bus or van, at any designated school bus stop, in any other school or private vehicle used to transport students to and from schools, or any school sponsored activity or event.
The pattern of behavior must have the effect of physically harming a student, placing the student in reasonable fear of physical harm, damaging a student’s property, placing the student in reasonable fear of damage to the student’s property, or must be sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough to either create an intimidating or threatening educational environment, have the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s performance in school, or have the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
An individual has the right to report an incident(s) of bullying without fear of reprisal or retaliation at any time. To report bullying, tell a teacher, guidance counselor, or an administrator.
State Behavior Report forms are available in the guidance department and in student services. These forms may be deposited in guidance or student services.
In accordance with St. Tammany Parish School Board Policy, proven allegations of bullying can have serious consequences for the person deemed guilty, including verbal or written reprimand, in-school or out-of-school suspension, disciplinary reassignment, and or expulsion.
SEE SOMETHING – SAY SOMETHINGStudents who are victims of bullying have a responsibility to report instances to school officials. Victims are encouraged to document their experience(s) in writing. Other individuals, such as family members or bystanders, are encouraged to contact school administrators when they become aware of the bullying behavior.
MANDATED EDUCATION AND REPORTING PROGRAM FOR CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION
As mandated by the St. Tammany Parish School Board, students in grades K - 8 will receive instruction on the topic of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Education and Reporting. All materials that will be used in the instruction may be previewed by contacting the school administration. We would also like to encourage you to talk with your child about this topic as well as other general safety issues.
A STPSB Chromebook is being loaned to the student for educational use during the school year. This device is the property of STPSB and must be returned at the end of each school year. If a Chromebook is not returned, the parent/guardian will be held responsible for full replacement cost. Students are to only use their Chromebook in class during school. Students are not allowed to use their Chromebook before school or during lunch.
See the STPSB website in regards to the Chromebook Policy and Technology Policy.
Students will be required to present student ID before being admitted into school dances. FJH students are the only students allowed at school dances.
Fontainebleau Junior High School students must meet the following criteria to attend a FJH dance.
- No In-School Suspension (ISS) or Out-of- School Suspension (OSS) received within the semester of the dance being held
- Any student receiving (2) OSS will be prohibited from attending dances for the remainder of the year.
After School Detention (ASD): is held on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:46 to 4:25. It is the student’s responsibility to secure transportation home. If a student is issued an After School Detention and cannot attend the assigned date, he/she will be allowed the next scheduled detention date to attend before the next level of disciplinary actions are taken. It is the responsibility of the student to remember and attend the ASD.
Saturday Detention: Student may be assigned to a Saturday detention that are scheduled throughout the school year. Students must bring textbooks, Chromebook, and assignments to the four hour detention (8:00-12:00pm). Students must be dress code compliant, have their ID, and follow all school rules. If unable to attend the Saturday detention, a parent or guardian must call the school and contact the administrator no later than the Monday following the Saturday Detention. A student failing to attend the issued Saturday Detention will result in further disciplinary action.
In-School Suspension (ISS): Students issued this discipline action will be excluded from regular classes and are to report to student services upon arrival to school on the day(s) of their ISS assignment.. All schoolwork normally assigned, graded, or completed in class will be administered in the ISS classroom. They will be given credit for all the work they complete while in ISS and will not receive absences when assigned to ISS. Misbehavior in ISS will result into further disciplinary action.
Out of School Suspension (OSS): Out of school suspensions are non-exempted absences. Students are allowed to make up work when suspended from school. The student shall receive the same credit originally available for such work if it is completed satisfactorily and timely as determined by the principal or the principal’s designee. Students will have the same amount of time to make up work as the amount of time they are suspended to complete their assignments. These absences count against the student when determining whether the student meets attendance requirements.
The St. Tammany Parish School System Handbook on Attendance, Discipline and Student Records can be found on the district website under information for parents and students. Students and parents should refer to this handbook regarding suspensions and expulsions. Students participating, instigating, or proven to have discussed threats of violence against other students will receive severe disciplinary actions under the District Handbook for Students and Parents.
Parents and students are to refer to the Parish Handbook for all parish policies. FJH has a mandatory uniform policy recognized by the school board. School colored uniforms are available at various local stores. For your convenience, if you choose to purchase a uniform shirt with an optional school logo these will be available at local uniform retailers. All students must be in uniform within ten days of the first day of school for the year or after transferring to FJH. Our official logo can be found on the schools webpage.
Parents or guardians may request an exemption from a mandatory school uniform program. This information can be found in the District Handbook for Students and Parents.
School uniforms will consist of the following:
- Standard Polo Style Shirt - Long or short sleeve kelly green, royal blue or white buttoned polo style with three buttonholes. A solid white or grey long or short sleeve shirt or turtleneck may be worn under the polo. No emblems or logos allowed except the optional official school logo.*
- Oxford Shirt - Solid white button down oxford long or short sleeved. No emblems or logos are allowed except the optional official school logo.* A solid white long or gray long or short sleeve shirt or turtle neck may be worn under the oxford shirt.
- Pants, capris, walking shorts, skirts, or skorts – Any tan khaki cotton twill or khaki corduroy with no logos or other decorations, stripes, etc. Shorts must be clearly visible and longer than all top articles of clothing. While standing erect with arms extended down, the length of shorts must come to the tip of fingers or below or not more than 5” above the knee. Plain tan, white, gray or black leggings may be worn under skirt/shorts.
- Flip-flops, slides, Crocs, or backless shoes of any type are permitted; however, students will need to bring their own tennis shoes or sneakers in order to participate in PE.
- Any student that arrives on campus without a school approved uniform will be sent to ISS until the appropriate uniform is brought to the student by a guardian. If financial difficulties arise preventing the student from wearing an approved uniform, please contact the school.
- School ID must be worn at all times either around the neck on a lanyard or clipped to the collar of the uniform shirt. The student’s school ID must be visible and above the waist during regular school hours.
- Hoods are not to be worn on campus during regular school hours except outdoors in inclement weather that is determined by administration. Students must remove his/her hood when entering any building.
- Sweatshirts are to be worn as outerwear OVER the mandatory uniform polo and must be school appropriate. Any article of clothing with suggestive symbols, words, or advertisements of products or substances prohibited by the St. Tammany Parish School Board is prohibited.
- Hats, bandanas, scarves or other head gear will not be allowed on campus during school hours, on field trips or at dances, unless it is a designated "HAT DAY."
*An example of the uniform and official school logo is on the FJH Website under General Information-Uniform Policy. The school approved logo can also be found on the front page and front cover of this planner. Official school logos are only permissible if screened or embroidered in royal blue, kelly green, or white. (ID’s are a part of the dress code-See ID’s for more information)
Students out of compliance with the uniform policy will be subject to regular school disciplinary procedures. PE uniforms are to be worn during PE only and do not substitute for the school uniform.
Drinks brought to school must be in a clear container and transparent (clear) in color. Drinks in glass containers are prohibited. Only clear beverages are allowed unless purchased from the vending machine on campus.
Eating and drinking is not allowed in the computer labs or near school permitted electronics.
The McKinney-Vento is a Federal Law passed in 1987 to help people experiencing homelessness. The Act requires states and school districts to make sure students in homeless situations can attend and succeed in school. The McKinney-Vento Act applies to all children and youth who do not have a fixed regular and adequate nighttime residence. Please contact the school for further clarification and or support.
Cell phones must be off, stowed away and not in use. Stowing of cell phones is defined as being placed in the student’s locker, school bag, or purse and shall not be displayed in view using any type of clip or other device. Smart watches, iPods, iPhone watches, cameras, hand held electronic devices, etc. are not allowed at school. Any such items picked up by a teacher and sent to the office will have to be retrieved by the parent. Students found in possession of these items are subject to disciplinary action. FONTAINEBLEAU JUNIOR HIGH IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR CELL PHONES, iPODS, ETC. BROUGHT TO SCHOOL. Also, laser lights or any other distracting objects should never be brought to school. Students failing to relinquish these items can be subjected to further disciplinary actions.
If a student has paid for a field trip and is absent on the day of the trip, a refund will not be given unless the student has a doctor's excuse. This is because transportation, tickets, etc. for the field trips are paid to the vendor prior to the trip. Hats, cell phones, iPods, hand held electronic games, etc. are not to be brought on field trips. Appropriate school uniform is required. Although field trips are educational, they are also a privilege, and a student must maintain a satisfactory disciplinary record to attend. Students may be required to purchase a school lunch for field trip.
The St. Tammany Parish grading scale is as follows:
A = 93-100
B = 85-92
C = 75-84
D = 67-74
F = 0-66
- Number grades (using the grading scale above) are recorded in teachers' grade books throughout the nine weeks. Report cards will reflect both the number and letter grade.
- Report cards are sent home four times during the school year following the completion of each 9 weeks period. (remember to login onto JPAMS to view your child’s progress as necessary)
- All Carnegie Unit courses will periodically have exams, which will count as 20% of that course’s quarterly grade. Courses that do not offer a Carnegie Unit will not administer exams. However, these courses will periodically administer interim assessments, which will count as 10% of that course’s quarterly grade. During quarters which no exam/interim assessments are administered, teachers can administer a comprehensive test that will be factored into all other assignments’ grading category.
Students scoring 74% and lower on an assessment may be eligible to re-take or make test corrections (per teacher’s choice) up to 3 times per quarter in each class. It is the student’s responsibility to request a test retake within the teacher’s allotted time frame.
Late Work Policy
This policy only applies to students who are in class but not turning in assignments on the due date. Students can turn in an assignment up to 5 days late, however they will receive a 25% penalty because it is late. Regardless of the date they turn it in during the 5 day period it will be a 25% penalty. Any work submitted after the 5th day should not be accepted and the student will receive a 0.
FJH Counselor: Scott Hallila
The guidance counselor is available to help students with school, home or peer problems. Additionally, the counselor interprets standardized test scores and handles gifted and talented screenings.
FJH Mental Health Provider (MHP): Lisa Bohnet
The mental health provider is available to support our students with a variety of services specifically in the field of mental health services.
To make an appointment, students or parents can call, email, or leave a note at the front desk.
When a child gets hurt at school, the office determines the extent of the injury and the parent is notified if deemed necessary. Parents must fill out emergency forms that are kept on file in the office. The office/ student services cannot give out any medication - including aspirin. Prescription medication must be kept in student services with forms filled out by the parent and doctor.
Illness and administration of medication among students is taken very seriously. Students who are sick cannot learn well.
Proper medical attention and convalescence are important to the long-term health of students, the health of others at school, and student performance. When students must take medication at school, school personnel are very careful to ensure that students are properly treated with medication and that medication is not given to or used by students for whom the medication was not prescribed.
Parents are encouraged to work with physicians to schedule doses of medication that can be given at home for acute illnesses. Long-term illness and use of medication may require administration during school hours. In accordance with State law enacted to address the administration of all prescription and non-prescription drugs in schools, the St. Tammany
Parish School Board has formulated the following regulations to be followed when a child must receive medication during school hours.
- No medication, including over-the-counter medication, may be administered to, or self-administered by, any student without an order from a Louisiana or adjacent state's licensed physician, dentist, or other authorized healthcare prescriber, and a letter of request and authorization from the student's parent or guardian.
- Only oral, pre-measured aerosols for inhalation, topical ointment for diaper rash, and emergency medications may be administered at school by unlicensed, trained personnel who are under the supervision of the certified school nurse.
- No medication, including over-the-counter medication, may be administered to, or self-administered by, any student unless the medication is provided to the school in a container that meets acceptable pharmaceutical standards.
- Only medications that cannot be administered before or after school hours may be administered at school.
- The parent or his/her designated adult is held responsible for delivering medication to the school and to the school employee designated to receive it. The parent or designated adult also is responsible for retrieving unused medication from the school.
- All medication not retrieved by a parent or designated adult will be destroyed one week after the expiration date or at the end of the school year, following notification of the parent.
- Self-administration of medication by a student with asthma or diabetes or the use of auto-injectable epinephrine by a student at risk of anaphylaxis, may be allowed provided the parent or legal guardian provides written authorization and submits from a licensed medical physician or other authorized healthcare prescriber written certification for the student to carry and self-administer such prescribed medications. The written certification from the healthcare prescriber must also include a written treatment plan for managing the health condition and verification of proper self-administration instruction. Self-administration of medication will be allowed if the certified school nurse verifies the student uses proper procedure and technique. A school nurse or trained employee may administer auto-injectable epinephrine to respond to a student’s anaphylactic reaction.
- The initial dose of medication must be administered at home and sufficient time must be allowed for observation of adverse reactions before asking school personnel to administer the medication.
- Students who violate the medication policy and are found to be in possession of prescription drugs or a controlled substance not authorized under this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action found under the Uniform Discipline Code. Students found to be in possession of nonprescription or over the counter medications may be subject to disciplinary action.
All students at Fontainebleau Junior High will use electronic IDs for entry to campus, cafeteria and library services, and identification of students. Students are required to wear their own, current ID with picture visible on the front of their school shirts. Lanyards must be school appropriate and free of any adornments, trinkets or buttons. ID cases must be clear with ID completely visible. Students may not write on, draw on, or deface the ID card in any fashion. Misuse of the ID including loaning or borrowing an ID is subject to disciplinary action.
Students will receive a preliminary ID without a picture at the start of school. This will be replaced by a permanent photo ID. If a student is on campus without an official FJH ID, a temporary ID may be purchased for $1.00 or 2 Cane Cash either before school or during first period. IDs that have been lost or damaged MUST be replaced. The first and second replacement IDs will be $5.00. Any additional replacement will cost $10.00.
Students are responsible for the cost of replacement fees. IDs are part of the dress code policy and students out of compliance will receive disciplinary action following the Dress Code/ID Policy Violation Ladder.
Library Media Director - Jamie Bossenmeyer
Library hours are 8:15 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Students may visit the library before school, during lunch, and after school to check out, return and renew books; to do research; or to read.
Gum, food, and drinks must be discarded before entering the library. Students’ book bags must be left in the designated area upon entering the library.
Students should use their Destiny account to place a hold on books, check due dates, and track fines. Students may only check out 3 books at a time. They are checked out for 4 weeks and may be renewed for an additional 4 weeks. Reference books and cartoon books may not be checked out. Overdue fines are 5 cents per day per book. Overdue fines do not exceed $2.00 per book.
Unless sent by a teacher, students will not be allowed to go to the library to check/change their password during instructional time.
The library has 2 book fairs each year - one in the fall and one in the spring. The fairs are available to students through their reading classes and during their lunches. All profits go to the library.
Lockers are issued at the beginning of the year. Students must be responsible for their privacy by not making their combinations public. Students are responsible for the contents of their locker. Trading or unauthorized sharing of lockers is prohibited. Ample time to access lockers will be given before school. School lockers are the property of the St. Tammany Public Schools. School authorities may conduct periodic inspections of lockers. Locker request forms to report locker problems can be filled out in student services.
Students will be assigned an account number. Questions about lunch accounts should be directed to the cafeteria manager. The cafeteria can be reached at (985) 875-7672 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free/Reduced/Full Paid Lunches
School Meals are free for all students during the 2022-2023 school year through a program called the Community Eligibility Provision. Free and reduced meal applications do not need to be submitted.
Parents are encouraged to pre-pay for extra sale items by using www.MyPaymentsPlus.com.You may also send a check, cash, or money order in a sealed envelope with the student’s first and last name (no nicknames please) on the outside of the envelope to your student’s cafeteria.
Lost articles should be sent to the Lost and Found in Student Services. Students should also check with their classroom teachers. Books, book bags, and purses should NOT be left unattended anywhere on campus. Students should NOT bring large amounts of money, expensive jewelry, iPod, cameras, or any other valuable items to school. The school will not be responsible for items lost or stolen at school.
PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support)
PBIS is a program based upon positive expectations for student behavior. The model being used at FJH is based on the expectations stated in the FISH philosophy. Teachers, support staff, and students should know and use these expectations daily at Fontainebleau Junior High School. Quarterly events offered to students who did not receive office discipline are eligible to attend.
The permanent records of all students are kept in the main office. Records are confidential. If a student transfers during the school year or between sessions, the principal of the school in which the student enrolls must request a transcript of the student's records before any records can be forwarded. This transcript is furnished without charge by the school.
Tryout dates for sports teams are announced on daily broadcast and advertised around campus. In addition, students who participate in school sports must provide proof of insurance, a signed school waiver form, a signed concussion statement, and a doctor’s physical before they can try out for a team. Forms are available in the front office, student services, and on the school website. Some of the requirements for eligibility are:
- Student cannot turn 15 years of age BEFORE September 1st of current school year.
- At least a 1.5 grade point average to participate.
- At tryouts, students are expected to perform a battery of skills suitable for the sport.
- Students are expected to be at all tryouts. Exception: excused absence only.
- Please visit the Athletic Department link on our school’s website for more information.
Our athletes publicly represent FJH and are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior both at school and on the field/court.
We at Fontainebleau Junior High School feel that our students must learn to be responsible for their own belongings. Any class assignments, materials, textbooks, and Chromebooks are to be brought to class on time. It is the student's obligation to have the needed supplies, and he/she will not be allowed to leave class for any reason, such as going to the locker or using the telephone.
Students may only use the phone in student services for emergencies and must have permission from a teacher. Students will not be called to the phone during school hours. Telephone messages are not given to students unless there is a true emergency. Please see the STPSB District Handbook for the current cell phone policy. Parents should not text or call their child’s cell phone during school hours. Students caught using cell phones on campus are subject to disciplinary actions.
All textbooks at FJH are the property of the State of Louisiana. Any loss or damage will result in a monetary fine. If a textbook is lost, the student must pay the original price for it before a new textbook is issued. Writing in a textbook constitutes damage to it. The student should check the textbook for damage when received and make the teacher aware of any damage found.
Students who are leaving FJH to attend another school during the school year must go through the proper clearance procedure in the main office. The school secretary will give the student the necessary form to be completed. All fines and fees must be paid and all textbooks must be checked in before a student can be properly cleared. No records will be sent to another school until a student has been properly cleared.
Students are not allowed on the school campus before 8:15 a.m. and should be picked up by 4:30 p.m. Students are not allowed to drive cars to school. Students who violate bus regulations or who in any way endanger themselves or others by misconduct on the bus will be reported by the bus driver to the principal or assistant principal, who can ban them from riding the bus. A student who must ride a bus other than his/her own must have a written request addressed to the principal from his/her parents. The note should be brought to the front office before school. If a school administrator approves the request by signing it, the bus driver will allow the "visitor" to board the bus if space permits.