Business and Non-Instructional Operations
To provide a safe transportation program, the Board of Education shall retain fiscal control and administrative responsibility for the transportation program.
A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may file a petition with the Board requesting transportation due to the existence of a serious safety hazard. Free transportation service and vehicle adaptation is provided for a special education student if included in the student’s individualized educational program. Non-public school students shall be transported in accordance with State law. Homeless students shall be transported in accordance with the McKinney Homeless Assistance Act. A transportation fee for students who are not entitled to free transportation shall be paid on a yearly basis. Fees will be pro-rated. If the fees are adjusted, calculations will be based on a semi-annual rate.
Bus schedules and routes shall be determined by the Superintendent or designee and shall be altered only with the Superintendent or designee’s approval and direction. In fixing the routes, the pick-up and discharge points should be as safe and convenient for students as possible.
No school employee may transport students in school or private vehicles unless authorized by the administration.
Every vehicle regularly used for the transportation of students must pass safety inspections in accordance with State law and Illinois Department of Transportation regulations. The strobe light on a school bus may be illuminated any time a bus is bearing one or more students. The Superintendent shall implement procedures in accordance with State law for accepting erratic driving reports.
All contracts for charter bus services must contain the clause prescribed by State law regarding criminal background checks for bus drivers.
Post-Trip Vehicle Inspection
The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement a post-trip inspection procedure to ensure that the school bus driver is the last person leaving the bus and that no passenger is left behind or remains on the vehicle at the end of a route, work shift, or workday.
Adopted: September 8, 1997
Revised: February 19, 2008