FILE:  ED

Cf:  EDC, GAMEB, GBRJ

 

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

 

 

The Plaquemines Parish School Board shall provide to eligible students school transportation services which shall meet the objectives of safety, efficiency, adequacy, and economy.  Through the use of publicly and privately owned buses, the Board shall maintain a student transportation program that shall conform to or exceed minimum standards as set forth by pertinent statutes and the Louisiana Department of Education.  It shall be unlawful for the School Board to permit the transport at one time a number of children on a school bus that exceeds the number of seats available on that bus.

 

All school buses, owned by, rented, or leased to the school district, to owner-operators, or to contract bus drivers, shall carry evidence of insurance and be registered, marked, and equipped according to law.  Owner-operators or contract bus drivers who purchase their own insurance shall be required to annually submit to the Superintendent or designee proof of proper and valid insurance coverage prior to any usage of the bus.  Should any coverage aspects or insurance policy provisions change during the year, the bus owner shall notify the Superintendent or designee immediately, but no later than twenty-four (24) hours of receipt of notification.  All insurance policies of any owner-operators or contract bus drivers shall include an endorsement that the policy may not be cancelled for any reason except after thirty (30) days prior notice to the School Board.

 

All school buses used to transport students shall be driven by personnel who possess a current and valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with proper endorsements and have completed state required pre-service certification training and in-service driving requirements in accordance with provisions outlined in Bulletin 1191, Student Transportation Handbook.  All school bus operators, including owner-operators and contract bus operators, shall be required to personally operate the school bus assigned or owned, except in the case of illness or emergency.  In such cases, a qualified substitute shall be assigned by the Superintendent or designee.

 

School Activities

 

The use of any van, cargo or passenger, in any capacity, for the purpose of transporting students to and from any school-related activity shall be prohibited.

 

INSPECTIONS

 

All buses and other vehicles used primarily for the transportation of students shall be inspected by the assigned driver and the Superintendent or designee on a regular basis.  All school vehicles shall be inspected a minimum of twice a year, once during June, July, or August, and certified as safe prior to the beginning of the school session, and once during December, January, or February  of each school year, by an approved Louisiana Motor Vehicle Inspection Station.  Buses fifteen (15) years of age or older shall be inspected more frequently than other buses to assure effectiveness of operation and safety of students.  No bus shall be operated without a proper inspection tag certifying that a bus has met or exceeded minimum safety standards.

 

BUS PURCHASES

 

It is the policy of the Plaquemines Parish School Board that any used school bus purchased for use in the system shall meet current statutory requirements for motor vehicles and shall meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Louisiana specifications for school buses that were in effect on the date the vehicle was manufactured.  All bus purchases shall require prior approval of the Board.

 

School buses used to transport students, including activity and backup buses, shall not be more than twenty-five (25) years old.  All newly purchased or replacement school buses, at the time they are acquired by the owner and placed in service, shall be ten (10) or less model years old.  The number of years shall be reckoned from the date of introduction of the model year.  This shall apply to buses purchased by veteran owners/operators, by newly hired owners/operators, and by the School Board, individual schools, booster clubs, etc., and by individuals or companies with whom contracts have been entered into for the purposes of transporting children to and from school and school-related activities and for use as spare buses.

 

When a new or pre-owned bus is purchased or the ownership of a bus is transferred, or when an individual or a company enters into a contracted agreement with the School Board, the owner shall assure that the bus is in compliance with all requirements contained in applicable federal and state laws and state and school district regulations.  All buses so purchased shall be required to satisfactorily pass all mandated inspections prior to any usage.

 

Revised:  October, 1997

Revised:  April, 2010

Revised:  August, 1999

Adopted:  November 1, 2010

 

 

Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:158, 17:158.1, 17:158.2, 17:158.3, 17:158.4, 17:158.5, 17:158.6, 17:158.7, 17:159, 17:159.1, 17:159.2, 17:160, 17:161, 17:162, 17:163, 17:164, 17:165, 17:166, 17:492, 32:293, 32:378

Olive Morgan v. Livingston Parish School Board, First Circuit Court of Appeals, March 1991

Louisiana School Transportation Specifications and Procedures, Bulletin 119, §701, §2501, §2903, Louisiana Department of Education

 

Plaquemines Parish School Board