711 TRANSPORTATION

711.1 STUDENT SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION ELIGIBILITY

Students living outside of the City Limits of Tipton will be furnished transportation.

Enrolled students requiring special education shall meet the distance requirements stated above for transportation to and from their designated attendance center at the expense of the school district. Costs associated with required specialized transportation or other required transportation in the student's individual education plan, other than to and from the child's home, and transportation to and from a special education instructional program shall be borne by the special education program. Required unique transportation according to the student's individualized education plan to and from the student's home to the special education program shall be the expense of the school district whether provided by the school district or by the parent.

 

Parents of students who live where transportation by bus is impracticable or unavailable may be required to furnish transportation to and from the designated attendance center at the expense of the school district. The board may require the parent to transport their children up to two miles to connect with school bus vehicles at the expense of the school district when conditions deem it advisable. It shall be within the discretion of the board to determine such conditions. Parents, who transport their children at the expense of the school district, shall be reimbursed at the rate per mile set by the state. A student may be required at the board's discretion to meet a school bus vehicle without reimbursement up to three-fourths of a mile.

 

Transportation arrangements made with a neighboring school district shall follow the terms of the agreement. Students, who choose to attend a school in a school district other than their resident school district, shall provide transportation to and from the school at their own expense.

 

Reference:     

     20 U.S.C. ßß 1401, 1701 et seq. (1988).

     34 C.F.R. Pt. 300 et seq. (1993).

     Iowa Code ßß 256B.4; 285; 321 (1995).

    281 I.A.C. 41.8; 43.

Cross Reference:

     501.16  Homeless Children and Youth

     603.3    Special Education

     711       Transportation

 

Date of Adoption: October 12, 1981                        Date of Review:  7/11/11                Date of Revision:  August 15, 1995

711.2 STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION

Students utilizing school transportation shall conduct themselves in an orderly manner fitting to their age level and maturity with mutual respect and consideration for the rights of the school vehicle driver and the other passengers. Students who fail to behave in an orderly manner will be subject to disciplinary measures.

The driver shall have the authority to maintain order on the school vehicle. It shall be the responsibility of the driver to report misconduct to the building administrator, who shall discipline the student in accordance with procedures developed by the superintendent and approved by the Board.

The board supports the use of video cameras on school buses used for transportation to and from school as well as for field trips, curricular or extracurricular events. The video cameras will be used to monitor student behavior and may be used as evidence in a student disciplinary proceeding. The videotapes are student records subject to school district confidentiality, board policy, and administrative regulations.

Those students guilty of flagrant, repeated, or gross disobedience or misconduct on school buses are subject to suspension, within the guidelines of the district's Student Suspension Policy, Code No. 502.2. Continued violation of bus rules will be considered sufficient cause for refusing to transport the student(s) involved, and may lead to suspension from school, depending upon the seriousness of the matter.

After one warning (pending the seriousness of the misconduct) for bad conduct, the building principal shall have the authority to suspend transportation privileges of the student or impose other appropriate discipline.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the building principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding student conduct and discipline when utilizing school district transportation.

 

Legal Reference :  

     (Code of Iowa)Iowa Code ßß 279.8; 285; 321 (1995).

Cross Reference: 

     503 Student Discipline

     506 Student Records

 

Date of Approval:  December 10, 1990            Date of Review:  7/11/11                      Date of Revision:  August 14, 1995

711.2R1 REGULATIONS for STUDENT CONDUCT on SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION

All persons riding in school district vehicles shall adhere to the following rules. The drivers, sponsors, or chaperones are to follow the school bus discipline procedure for student violations of this policy. Video cameras may be in operation on the school buses.

 

1.  The driver is in charge of the students and the vehicle, and the driver is to be obeyed promptly.

2.  Bus riders shall be at the designated loading point before the bus arrival time. CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, THERE IS NO REQUIRED TIME FOR A BUS TO WAIT. THE BUS CANNOT BLOCK THE ROADWAY FOR AN INDEFINITE PERIOD OF TIME.

3.  Bus riders shall wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to enter. Students should never stand in the road while waiting for the bus. Excess mud and snow should be cleaned from shoes before entering the bus.

4.  All bus riders shall load and unload through the right front door. The emergency door is for emergencies only.

5.  Bus riders who must cross the roadway to board or depart from the bus shall pass in front of the bus (no closer than 10 feet), look in both directions and proceed to cross the road or highway only on signal from the driver. Mailboxes are being checked only after the bus has departed.

6.  Bus riders may be assigned a seat by the driver.

7.  Bus riders will depart from the bus at the designated point unless written permission to get off at a different location is given to the principal for approval and then given to the driver.

8.  Bus riders are not permitted to leave their seats while the vehicle is in motion. All riders shall remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop at home and at school.

9.  Older students shall assist in looking after the safety and comfort of younger students.

10.  Aisles must be kept cleared at all times.

11.  Permission to open windows must be obtained from the driver. Bus riders must not extend arms or heads out of the windows at any time.

12.  Waste containers are provided on all buses for bus riders' use.

13.  Bus riders will display proper classroom conduct at all times while riding the bus except for ordinary conversation. Students must not be rude or abusive to persons whom they pass on the route. Nor shall students use profane or obscene language on the school bus, either to other students or the driver.

14.  Students shall not throw objects about the bus nor out through the windows. Roughhousing is prohibited, and students shall refrain from crowding or pushing. Students shall keep feet off the seats. Squirt guns, shooting paper wads or other material in the bus is not permitted.

15.  Pop or other beverages are not to be consumed on the bus during regular bus routes.

16.  Music devices with headphones, will be allowed on school buses for student use. Individual students may be denied this privilege if it leads to a distraction to the driver.

17.  Damage to seats and the students causing the damage shall pay for other equipment. The district will be reimbursed for the cost of repair or replacement.

18.  The use or possession of alcohol, tobacco, or look-alike substances is prohibited on the bus as per the Good Conduct Rule.

 

 

 

 

Date of Adoption:      8/14/95       Date of Review:    7/11/11           Date of Revision: 10/13/97

 

 

711.2R2 USE OF VIDEO CAMERAS ON SCHOOL BUSES REGULATION

The board supports the use of video cameras on school buses as a means to monitor and maintain a safe environment for students and employees. The video cameras may be used on buses used for transportation to and from school, field trips, curricular events, and extracurricular events. The contents of the videotapes may be used as evidence in a student disciplinary proceeding.

 

Student Records

The content of the videotapes is a student record subject to board policy and administrative regulations regarding confidential student records. Only those persons with a legitimate educational purpose may view the videotapes. In most instances, those individuals with a legitimate educational purpose may be the superintendent, building principal, transportation director, bus driver, and special education staffing team. Videotape recorded during a school-sponsored trip, such as an athletic event, may also be

accessible to the sponsor or coach of the activity. If the content of the videotape becomes the subject of a student disciplinary proceeding, it may be treated like other evidence in the proceeding.

 

Notice

The school district will annually provide the following notice to students and parents:

The Tipton Community School District Board of Directors has authorized the use of video cameras on school district buses. The video cameras will be used to monitor student behavior to maintain order on the school buses to promote and maintain a safe environment. Students and parents are hereby notified that the content of the videotapes may be used in a student disciplinary proceeding. The content of the videotapes are confidential student records and will be retained with other student records. Videotapes will only be retained if necessary for use in a student disciplinary proceeding or other matter as determined necessary by the administration. Parents may request to view videotapes of their child if the videotapes are used in a disciplinary proceeding involving their child.

 

Note:  If a school board makes the determination that students will be notified when the video cameras are in use, it should also state it in the annual notice.

 

The following notice will also be placed on all school buses equipped with a video camera:

This bus is equipped with a video/audio monitoring system.

Review of Videotapes

The school district shall review videotapes when necessary as a result of an incident reported by a bus driver or student. The videotapes may be recirculated for erasure after 21 days.

 

Video Monitoring System

Video cameras will be rotated randomly on school district buses. The superintendent in consultation with the building principals and transportation director will make determination of how video cameras will be used and which school buses will be equipped with video equipment.

 

Student Conduct

Students are prohibited from tampering with the video cameras on the school buses. Students found in violation of this regulation shall be disciplined in accordance with the school district discipline policy and Good Conduct Rule and shall reimburse the school district for any repairs or replacement necessary as a result of the tampering.

 

Legal Reference: (Code of Iowa)

 

Related Administrative Rules and Regulations:

 

Date of Adoption:10/10/94                               Date of Review:  7/11/11                                   Date of Revision:8/14/95

711.3 STUDENT TRANSPORTATION FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

The board in its discretion may provide school district transportation for extracurricular activities including, but not limited to, transporting student participants and other students to and from extracurricular events.

Students participating in extracurricular events, other than those held at the school district facilities may be transported to the extracurricular event by school district transportation vehicles or by another means approved by the superintendent. Students attending extracurricular events, other than those held at the school district facilities may be transported to the extracurricular event by school district transportation vehicles.

Students, who are provided transportation in school district transportation vehicles for extracurricular events, shall ride both to and from the event in the school vehicle unless arrangements have been made with the building principal prior to the event. A student's parent may personally appear and request to transport the student home from a school-sponsored event in which the student traveled to the event on a school district transportation vehicle.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to make a recommendation to the board annually as to whether the school district shall provide the transportation authorized in this policy. In making the recommendation to the board, the superintendent shall consider the financial condition of the school district, the number of students who would qualify for such transportation, and other factors the board or superintendent deem relevant.

When 15 or more students are to be transported, a school bus with a driver qualified as a bus driver shall be used.

Students are never to be transported in a vehicle that is overloaded. (overloaded defined as more people in the vehicle than the vehicle was designed to hold as described in the manufacturer's literature.)

 

 

 

Legal Reference:

     (Code of Iowa) ßß 256B.4;285.1-.4; 321 (1995).281 I.A.C. 41.8; 43.

Cross Reference:

     504  Student Activities

     711 Transportation

Date of Approval:  10/12/1981                            Date of Review:  7/11/11                         Date of Revision:  8/14/1995

711.4 SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM TRANSPORTATION SERVICE

The school district may use school vehicles for transportation to and from summer extracurricular activities. The superintendent shall make a recommendation to the board annually regarding their use.

Transportation to and from the student's attendance center for summer school instructional programs shall be within the discretion of the board. It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to make a recommendation regarding transportation of students in summer school instructional programs at the expense of the school district. In making the recommendation to the board, the superintendent shall consider the financial condition of the school district, the number of students involved in summer school programs, and other factors deemed relevant by the board or the superintendent.

 

Legal Reference:  

     (Code of Iowa)Ia Code285.10 (1995)  281 I.A.C. 43.10

Cross Reference:       

     603.2  Summer School Instruction

     711     Transportation

 

Date of Approval:  October 12, 1981                         Date of Review:  7/11/11                         Date of Revision:  August 14, 1995

711.5 TRANSPORTATION OF NONRESIDENT AND NONPUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS

The board has sole discretion to determine the method to be utilized for transporting nonresident and nonpublic students. Nonresident students paying tuition may be, and resident students attending a nonpublic school accredited by the State Department of Education will be, transported on an established public school vehicle route as long as such transportation does not interfere with resident public students' transportation. Nonresident and nonpublic school students shall obtain the permission of the superintendent prior to being transported by the school district.

 

Parents of resident students who provide transportation for their children attending a nonpublic school accredited by the Iowa Department of Education will be reimbursed at the established state rate. This reimbursement shall be paid only if the school district receives the funds from the state. If less than the amount of funds necessary to fully reimburse parents of the nonpublic students is received by the school district, the funds shall be prorated.

 

The charge to the nonresident students shall be determined based on the students' pro rata share of the actual costs for transportation. The parents of these students shall be billed for the student's share of the actual costs of transportation. The billing shall be according to the schedule developed by the superintendent. It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to determine the amount to be charged and report it to the board secretary for billing.

 

Continued transportation of nonresident and nonpublic school students on a public school vehicle route will be subject to resident public school students' transportation needs. The superintendent shall make a recommendation annually to the board regarding the method to be used. In making a recommendation to the board, the superintendent shall consider the number of students to be transported, the capacity of the school vehicles, the financial condition of the school district and other factors deemed relevant by the board or the superintendent.

 

Nonresident and nonpublic school students shall be subject to the same conduct regulations as resident public students as prescribed by board policy, and to other policies, rules, or regulations developed by the school district regarding transportation of students by the school district.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of Approval:

October 12, 1990

Legal Reference: (Code of Iowa)

Date of Review:

7/11/11

Ia. Code 285.1-2,10,16 1995

Date of Revision:

August 14, 1995

 

 

Cross reference:        711        Transportation

711.6 TRANSPORTATION OF NONSCHOOL GROUPS

School district vehicles may be available to local nonprofit entities that promote cultural, educational, civic, community, or recreational activities for transporting to and from nonschool-sponsored  activities within the state as long as the transportation does not interfere with or disrupt the education program of the school district and does not interfere with or delay the transportation of students. The local nonprofit entity must pay the cost of using the school district vehicle as determined by the superintendent. Prior to making the school district transportation vehicle available to the local nonprofit entity, the "school bus" signs shall be covered and the flashing warning lamps and the stop arm made inoperable.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations for use of school district transportation vehicles to transport students and others to school-sponsored events within the state and for application for, use of, and payment for using the school district transportation vehicles by local nonprofit entities for a nonschool-sponsored  activity.

 

 

 

Date of Approval:  May 10, 1993           

Legal Reference: (Code of Iowa)  Ia. Code #285.1(21), 10(9), (10) (1995). 281 I.A.C. 43.10

Date of Review:     7/11/11

 

Date of Revision:   August 14, 1995

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cross Reference:

711

Transportation

 

900

Principles and Objectives for Community Relations

 

711.7 SCHOOL BUS SAFETY INSTRUCTION

The school district shall conduct school bus safe riding practices instruction and emergency safety drills once a year for students who utilize school district transportation.

 

Each school bus vehicle shall have, in addition to the regular emergency safety drill, a plan for helping those students who require special assistance to safety during an emergency. This shall include, but not be limited to, students with disabilities.

 

School district vehicle drivers are required to attend each safety drill.

 

Employees shall be responsible for instructing the proper techniques to be followed during an emergency, as well as safe riding practices. It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

 

 

 

Date of Approval:   August 14, 1995            

 

Legal Reference:  Code of Iowa (Ia. Code SS 279.8; 321 (1995) 281 I.A.C. 43.40.

 

Date of Review:       7/11/11

 

Date of Revision:

 

Cross Reference:       

503     Student Discipline

507     Student Health and Well-Being

804.2  Warning System and Emergency Plans

711.8 TRANSPORTATION IN INCLEMENT WEATHER

School district buses will not operate when weather conditions due to fog, rain, snow, or other natural elements make it unsafe to do so. Because weather conditions may vary around the school district and may change quickly, the best judgment possible will be used with the information available.

The superintendent will make the final judgment as to when conditions are unsafe to operate. The superintendent will be assisted by the actual "on location" decisions and reports of the transportation director and drivers.

Driver may be asked to report weather and road conditions by bus radio when requested to do so. All drivers and students will be notified by commercial radio, TV, phone, text and email when school is cancelled or temporarily delayed. When school is cancelled because of weather anywhere in the school district, all schools will be closed.

When weather conditions deteriorate during the day after school has begun, cancellation notices will be announced by commercial radio, TV, phone, text and email. Students will be returned to their regular drop-off sites unless weather conditions prevent it. In that case, students will be kept at or returned to school until the parents pick them up.

 

Legal Reference:          

     Iowa Code ß 279.8 (2013).

Cross Reference:                    

     601.2     School Day

 

Approved  5/12/97                     Reviewed   1/14/20                    Revised :  1/14/20

 

711.8A Auxiliary Services - School Bus Stop When Visibility is Reduced:

When the visibility is reduced because of fog, snow or other weather conditions the bus driver has the following alternatives:

  1. If the driver believes that there is adequate visibility to assure a safe stop, the stop is to be made in a normal manner with strobe light turned on.
  2. If the driver believes that there is inadequate visibility to assure a safe stop at a particular place the driver will drive on without stopping.
    1. If it is a "pick up" the students by-passed are to go back to their home and telephone the school where they will be excused for the day, or they may be brought in later.
    2. If it is unloading time, the students may get off at a subsequent stop and call their parents who can come after them when the situation improves, or may return to school where arrangements can be made by telephone for getting them home and/or staying until the conditions are safe for travel.
  3. If the driver believes that there is generally inadequate visibility and that it is unsafe to continue the route the driver will pull into a farm driveway and stay there until such time that it is safe to re-enter the roadway. If possible, the bus garage or the superintendent's office is to be informed.

 

 

 

 

Date of Approval:       November 14, 1983                              

Legal Reference: (Code of Iowa) Date of Review:                       7/11/11

Date of Revision:       May 12, 1997

 

Related Administrative Rules and Regulations

 

711.9 SPECIAL CONVENIENCE BUS STOPS

No bus shall leave the public highway to receive or discharge students unless their safety is ensured or the private road is maintained in the same manner as the public highway.

 

A bus shall not stop to load or unload students unless the driver has an unobstructed view of at least 300 feet in each direction, except to the extent that visibility is reduced by fog, snow, or other weather conditions. In such circumstances, the driver is expected to use his best judgment to ensure the safety of the children and the bus.

 

For activity trips - passengers are always to be returned to the pick-up point.

 

 

 

Date of Adoption:

December 10, 1990

Legal Reference: (Code of Iowa)

 

Date of Review:

 

7/11/11

 

 

Date of Revision:

 

August 14, 1995

 

 

 

 

Related Administrative Rules and Regulations

 

711.10 TRANSPORTATION INSURANCE PROGRAM

The Board of Directors shall carry insurance on all school-owned buses and see that all contractors hired by the Board to transport pupils carry insurance.

 

The following types and minimum amounts of insurance should be carried.

  1. Liability - minimum amount of $1,000,000/$500,000  per bus.
  2. Property Damage - Minimum amount of $100,000 per bus.
  3. Medical Payments - Minimum amount of $5,000 per pupil.
  4. Underinsured and Insured Motorist - $1,000,000-$5,000,000
  5. Physical damage insurance is to be carried on vehicles deemed worthy of such coverage with $250 deductible coverage.

 

 

Date of Adoption:

October 12, 1990

Legal Reference: (Code of Iowa)

Date of Review:

7/11/11

 

Date of Revision:

December 10, 1990

 

 

Related Administrative Rules and Regulations: