Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

8600 - TRANSPORTATION

The following guidelines are established to implement School Board policy on transportation.

 

A.

Administrative Responsibilities

     
   

The Superintendent is responsible for the planning, operating, and maintenance of all Corporation vehicles. Included within this scope of responsibility are:

     
 

1.

establishment of bus routes;

     
 

2.

management of dispatching operations;

     
 

3.

supervising and analyzing vehicle maintenance programs;

     
 

4.

preparing and submitting all State/Federal reports;

     
 

5.

bus driver personnel selection, supervision, and training;

     
 

6.

transportation budgets;

     
 

7.

development of specifications for bids on contracted services;

     
 

8.

verification of qualifications of bus drivers.

     
 

Quality transportation services require cooperation and effective communication with the principal who shall be responsible for:

     
 

1.

supervision at bus loading and unloading zones;

     
 

2.

communication to parents and students concerning student behavior, safety, schedules, and the like;

     
 

3.

adjudication of all behavior problems;

     
 

4.

enforcement of traffic regulations on the school site;

     
 

5.

communication about overcrowding and unsafe conditions or practices to the Superintendent.

     
 

B.

Bus Conduct

     
 

1.

Parents are to be informed that school bus transportation is a privilege and not a right and that the bus driver is the sole authority on the bus while students are being transported.

     
 

2.

Parents are also to be informed that they are responsible for:

     
 

a.

the safety of their child while going to or from the bus stop and while waiting for the school bus;

     
 

b.

their child being at the bus stop at least five (5) minutes prior to scheduled pick-up time;

     
 

c.

damage by their child to school buses, personal property, or public property.

     
 

3.

Students will ride only assigned school buses and will board and depart from the bus at assigned bus stops. Students will not be permitted to ride unassigned buses for any reason other than an emergency, except as approved by the principal.

     
 

4.

A change in a student's regular assigned bus stop may be granted for a special need, if a note from a parent is submitted to the building principal stating the reason for the request and the duration of the change and the principal approves.

     
 

5.

A permanent transfer to another route or bus stop for morning pick-up and/or afternoon drop-off will only be made upon the approval of the Superintendent.

     
 

6.

Students shall cross all streets at least ten (10) feet in front of the school bus and after the driver has signaled the student that it is all right to do so.

     
 

7.

For the safe operation of the school bus, noise on buses shall be kept at a minimum with students speaking in reasonable conversation voices. Students must be quiet at railroad crossings and other danger zones as designated by the bus driver.

     
 

8.

The following cargo is forbidden to be transported on a school bus: pets, alcoholic beverages, drugs, ammunition, explosives, firearms, knives, or any other dangerous materials or objects. If there is a question on the transportation of a particular item, the Superintendent should be consulted.

     
 

C.

Student Surveillance

     
   

In accord with Board policy, the Superintendent may install the appropriate equipment for video-taping the interior of the buses while transporting students. S/He should follow the Corporation's purchasing practices (AG 6320) in obtaining such equipment and abide by the following guidelines for the use of such equipment:

     
 

1.

Arrange for the installation of a box in a location on each bus that will allow for the camera to record all students.

     
 

2.

Establish a procedure whereby no one observes a tape without the prior authorization of the appropriate principal who shall ensure that any observation is done only by those who are authorized to view student records and is conducted in accord with AG 8330 - Student Records.

     
 

Any disciplinary action resulting from the use of the video tapes shall be determined by the appropriate principal who shall ensure that due process is provided to the students involved, in accordance with Board policy and administrative guidelines relating to discipline. Any use of photographs obtained through the use of video tapes shall be in accordance with Federal and State law.

 
 

The Superintendent shall be responsible for reviewing the tapes for the purpose of assuring that bus safety procedures are being followed properly and the buses are being operated in accord with Corporation guidelines and State law.

   
 

D.

Special Services

     
   

In compliance with Board policy, the transportation services may be provided for field trips, co-curricular trips, and extra-curricular trips, including athletics.

Transportation may be provided on weekends and holidays to Corporation students who are participating in approved School Corporation programs which are under the supervision of professional staff members.

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