6000 - Support Services

6305 Safety and Student Transportation Services

Safety is of paramount concern in providing student transportation services. The board recognizes that providing safe transportation requires the cooperation of students, parents, volunteers, personnel and other governmental agencies. The superintendent shall develop any supplementary rules and regulations to govern the operation and use of buses, in conformity with state laws and regulations. The superintendent or designee and all principals shall make reasonable efforts to inform affected individuals or entities about safety issues and monitor compliance with legal requirements and this policy.

A. STUDENT BEHAVIOR

A safe and orderly environment is critical whenever transporting students. The Code of Student Conduct and all board policies on student behavior apply as provided in policy 4300, Student Behavior Policies. Each school bus passenger shall cooperate with the principal, teacher and bus driver.

Students will receive training on school bus safety as required by law. The principal shall make certain that all bus passengers are informed and cautioned, through class instruction, supervision and otherwise, of the responsibilities of the individual passenger for conduct and safety. The principal shall also inform parents of each bus passenger as to the responsibilities of bus passengers.

Band instruments, projects and other objects cannot take up pupil seating space or block the aisle.

B. TRANSPORTATION SAFETY ASSISTANTS AND BUS MONITORS

Upon recommendation of a building principal and the superintendent, the board may employ transportation safety assistants to assist bus drivers with the safety, movement, management and care of students. In addition, the superintendent or designee may appoint a volunteer monitor to assist a bus driver with maintaining order and student safety for any bus assigned to a school. As necessary, the superintendent or designee shall designate in administrative guidelines the responsibilities of school bus transportation safety assistants and bus monitors in accordance with state law.

C. MAINTENANCE

The superintendent or designee and principals shall fulfill all duties prescribed by state law and regulations for maintaining, inspecting and repairing school buses and other vehicles used to transport students.

D. SAFETY PRACTICES ON SCHOOL BUSES AND ACTIVITY BUSES

In addition to any rules established by the superintendent or designee for the safe operation of the student transportation services, the board expects school employees to observe the following practices.

1. The number of students transported on any school bus, activity bus, commercial bus or contracted vehicle will not exceed the official rated capacity for the specific vehicle being used.

2. All riders must be seated while the vehicle is in motion.

3. No person will be permitted to stand or sit in the aisle or stepwell when the vehicle is in motion.

4. All school bus drivers are expected to use good judgment in determining whether it is safe to operate a school vehicle and to permit students to enter or leave the bus at particular locations.

5. Bus drivers must report immediately any suspected mechanical defects or other unsafe conditions, including road or traffic conditions that affect the safeness of the bus route or bus stops.

E. ACCIDENT REPORTING

The driver of any school bus or other school vehicle must report immediately to the superintendent or designee any accident involving death, injury or property.

Legal References:
G.S. -115C-239, -240, -245, -248, -249.1; Preventive Maintenance and Vehicle Replacement Manual (NC Bus Fleet Manual), State Board of Education Policies TCS-H-005, -006, -011; N.C. School Bus Handbook, Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles
Cross References:
Student Behavior Policies (policy 4300), Authority of School Personnel (policy 4301), School Plan for Management of Student Behavior (policy 4302), Disruptive Behavior (policy 4315)
Adopted:
Monday, 09 January 2012
Last Updated:
Monday, 12 March 2012