Kent City Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

8610 - TRANSPORTATION ROUTE PLANNING CRITERIA

Routing

The routing of buses in the most efficient manner is a major factor in the conservation of fuel. In the establishment of routes, bus stops are to be placed primarily at intersections. In cases where a street is exceptionally long, a bus stop may be placed at the center of the block or at certain intervals.

Every effort shall be made to route in a way which allows kindergarten students to be picked up near their home. Students living on hazardous roads or main highways shall also receive special transportation consideration.

General Criteria

Plans which take into account the following factors should create an effective routing system:

 A.Minimize the number of road hazards; e.g., steep hills, dangerous approaches to intersections, railroad crossings, narrow bridges, sharp curves, crowns of hills, and obstructions to visibility.

 B.Ensure that necessary "turnarounds" are safe and suitable in all weather conditions.

 C.Load and discharge students at points from which they need not cross main thoroughfares, crowns of hills, and obstructions to visibility in order to reach their homes.

 D.Plan routes so that most children do not have to ride in excess of one (1) hour on the way to or from school. (

 E.Consider the number of stops to be made on each route; e.g., a short route with many stops may take as much time as a long route with few stops.

 F.Minimize stops on hills of appreciable grade. When necessary, the stop should be made as the bus is traveling down hill. Such stops should be made at a pull-off area or an area posted with a School Bus Safety sign.

 G.Avoid duplication and unnecessary mileage.

 H.Minimize the number of buses in use at any one (1) time, thereby decreasing the number of contract buses required.

 I.Reserve choice routes for District-owned vehicles, thereby reducing mileage and wear and tear on District-owned vehicles.

 J.Apply the policy governing minimum and maximum distances over which children will be transported equitably and consistently.

 K.Maintain a degree of flexibility for unforeseen circumstances.

 L.Assure clear visibility of at least 400 feet in each direction.

  1.If the unlawful speed limit is more than thirty-five (35) miles per hour and the stopped bus is not clearly and continuously visible to approaching vehicles on that highway or roadway for at least 400 feet. When the distance from the stopped bus to the end of the highway or roadway is less than 400 feet, clear and continuous visibility must be available from the bus to the end of the highway or roadway.

  2.If the unlawful speed limit is thirty-five (35) miles per hour or less and the stopped bus is not clearly and continuously visible to approaching vehicles on that highway or roadway, for at least 200 feet. When the distance from the stopped bus to the end of the highway or roadway is less than 200 feet, clear and continuously visibility must be available from the bus to the end of the highway or roadway.

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