FILE:  EDD

 

SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULING AND ROUTING

 

 

The Plaquemines Parish School Board shall provide school bus transportation for all students living more than one mile from the school that they are assigned to attend.  Students living within one mile of the school may be allowed to ride a school bus when the School Board determines that conditions exist to warrant such transportation.  Other students may be provided with school bus transportation in accordance with regulations of the Louisiana Department of Education.

 

The School Board shall require all student transportation bus scheduling and routing to be under the direction of the Supervisor of Transportation.  Decisions regarding appropriate location of all bus stops shall be primarily based on the safety of the students.  Efficiency in time and distances shall also be considered in the establishment of all bus routes.  Buses shall be routed so that no more than one bus will travel the same route, except when necessary.  Additional scheduling and routing provisions shall be maintained for driving in inclement weather.

 

A reasonable time shall be established for each route and the bus driver shall be expected to adhere to this schedule.  By the same token, students shall be expected to be at their respective bus stop when the bus arrives.  Once a bus route has been established, the bus driver shall not alter or change assigned routes without order of the Superintendent or his/her designee.  Any bus driver who feels a road is unsafe or dangerous shall report such dangerous condition to the Superintendent or his/her designee, and the bus driver may be allowed not to travel the road with the prior approval of the Supervisor of Transportation, until the Superintendent or his/her designee determines said road is safe or improved, or the situation has been rectified.

 

LOADING AND UNLOADING OF STUDENTS

 

The loading and unloading of students onto and from school buses being utilized to transport students shall be conditional on the following:

 

  1. Bus drivers shall be prohibited from loading or unloading students at school while the bus is in a traffic lane of any type of street as defined in state law and require that students be loaded or unloaded on a shoulder, in a school parking lot, or at other appropriate off-road location at the school as determined by the School Board.  This requirement shall not apply if the shoulder of a municipal road is the only available alternative and the municipality has not made the shoulder available by designating that area for loading and unloading students during designated school zone hours.

  2. Bus drivers shall be prohibited from loading or unloading students at or near their homes while the bus is in a traffic lane of any type of street as defined by state law and require that students be loaded or unloaded on a shoulder.  However, if there is no shoulder, a bus driver may load and unload a student while the bus is in a lane of traffic but only if the bus is in the lane farthest to the right side of the road so that the student does not need to cross any lane of traffic to get onto or off of the bus.

  3. Bus drivers shall be prohibited from loading or unloading students either at school or at or near their homes in a manner or in a location that results in students crossing lanes of traffic on a state highway or any other type of street.

 

Street or highway means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way or place of whatever nature publicly maintained and open to the use of the public for the purpose of vehicular travel, including bridges, causeways, tunnels, and ferries.

 

Revised:  March 14, 2011

Revised:  November 10, 2014

 

 

Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง17:158, 32:1

Louisiana School Transportation Specifications and Procedures, Bulletin 119, Louisiana Department of Education

Board minutes, 3-14-11, 11-10-14

 

Plaquemines Parish School Board