6000 - Support Services

6320 Use Of Student Transportation Services

Student transportation services will be made available in a manner consistent with the board goals set out in policy 6300, Goals of Student Transportation Services. The first priority is to provide transportation to and from school to eligible students.

A. OTHER TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

Other transportation services may be made available as funding permits and in accordance with legal requirements and board policy. In particular, the board establishes the following possible uses of other transportation services.

1. State-operated school buses may be used for instructional programs directly related to the curriculum when the trip and use of the bus are approved in accordance with board policy. Bus use for instructional purposes is limited to a 75-mile round trip.

2. School buses may be used only for purposes expressly allowed by G.S. 115C-242.

3. School buses may not be used for athletic activities or extracurricular activities.

4. Activity buses and other vehicles meeting federal safety standards may be used for travel to athletic activities and travel to other approved school-related activities. In addition to students receiving regular school bus safety training, safety instruction will be provided to students traveling on activity buses or commercial buses as needed.

5. The board encourages the superintendent and principals to provide transportation services to enable students at risk of not meeting promotion standards to take advantage of additional or enhanced opportunities for learning.

6. Because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that passenger vans with a seating capacity of 11 or more, including the driver, can be unsafe in certain conditions, the use of such vehicles to transport students is prohibited. This includes what are commonly referred to as 12- or 15-passenger vans.

B. SPECIAL USE OF SCHOOL BUSES

The board may authorize special uses of school buses as provided by G.S. 115C-242 and 115C-243. The superintendent shall present to the board any requests for special uses and the statutory support for allowing such authorization.

C. TRANSPORTATION FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

A student who is identified as having special needs following procedures in the North Carolina Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities will be provided with transportation services as required by law. When the school system’s transportation services are unable to provide transportation for special needs students, the board may contract with public or private carriers to provide this service, pursuant to policy 6340, Transportation Service/Vehicle Contracts.

Legal References:
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.; 49 U.S.C. 30125, 30165; G.S. 115C-239, -242, -243, -247, -254; G.S. 66-58(c)(9a) and (9b); Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities, State Board of Education Policies GCS-D-000; TCS-H-000, -006; Memorandum to All Superintendents from Eddie M. Speas, Jr., Special Deputy Attorney General, January 14, 1988
Cross References:
School Trips (policy 3320), Goals of Student Transportation Services (policy 6300), Safety and Student Transportation Services (policy 6305), Transportation Service/Vehicle Contracts (policy 6340)
Adopted:
Monday, 09 January 2012
Last Updated:
Monday, 12 March 2012