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709-Student Transportation Safety

  • 700 Series: Non-Instructional Operations
709-Student Transportation Safety
Rationale Date Approved/Revised
School District 622 – North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale shall provide safe transportation for students and educate students on safety issues and the responsibilities of school bus ridership

5/20/08

  • Revised: 6/22/10
  • Revised: 11/22/11
  • Revised: 7/23/13
  • Revised: 9/24/13
  • Revised: 5/26/15
  • Revised: 9/25/18
  • Revised: 5/21/19
  • Revised: 7/23/19
  • Revised: 11/15/22
  • Revised:  8/22/23

1)  Plan for Student Transportation Safety Training

a)  School Bus Safety Week

The school district may designate a school bus safety week.  The National School Bus Safety Week is the third week in October.

b)  Student School Bus Safety Training

1. The school district shall provide students enrolled in grades kindergarten (K) through 10 with age-appropriate school bus safety training of the following concepts:

a. transportation by school bus is a privilege, not a right;

b. school district policies for student conduct and school bus safety;

c. appropriate conduct while on the bus;

d. the danger zones surrounding a school bus;

e. procedures for safely boarding and leaving a school bus;

f.  procedures for safe street and road crossing; and

g. school bus evacuation and other emergency procedures.

2. All students in grades K through 6 who are transported by school bus and are enrolled during the first or second week of school must receive the school bus safety training by the end of the third week of school.  All students in grades 7 through 10 who are transported by school bus and are enrolled during the first or second week of school must receive the school bus safety training or receive bus safety instruction materials by the end of the sixth week of school, if they have not previously received school bus training.  Students in grades K through 10 who enroll in a school after the second week of school, are transported by school bus, and have not received training in their previous school districts shall undergo school bus safety training or receive bus safety instructional materials within four weeks of their first day of attendance.

3. The school district and a nonpublic school with students transported by school bus at public expense must provide students enrolled in grades K through 3 school bus safety training twice during the school year.

4. Students taking driver’s training instructional classes must receive training in the laws and proper procedures for operating a motor vehicle in the vicinity of a school bus as required by Minnesota Statutes section 169.446, subdivision 2.

5. The school district and a nonpublic school with students transported by school bus at public expense must conduct a school bus evacuation drill at least once during the school year.

6. The school district will make reasonable accommodations in training for students known to speak English as a second language and students with disabilities.

7. The school district may provide kindergarten students with school bus safety training before the first day of school.

8. The school district shall adopt and make available for public review a curriculum for transportation safety education.

9. Nonpublic school students transported by the school district will receive school bus safety training by their nonpublic school.  The nonpublic schools may use the school district’s school transportation safety education curriculum.  Upon request by the school district superintendent, the nonpublic school must certify to the school district’s school transportation safety director that all students enrolled in grades K through 10 have received the appropriate training.

c)    Active Transportation Safety Training

1.Training Required

a. The school district must provide public school pupils enrolled in kindergarten through grade 3 with age-appropriate active transportation safety training. At a minimum, the training must include pedestrian safety, including crossing roads.

b. The school district must provide pupils enrolled in grades 4 through 8 with age-appropriate active transportation safety training. At a minimum, the training must include:

i. pedestrian safety, including crossing roads safely using the searching left, right, left for vehicles in traffic technique; and

                           ii. bicycle safety, including relevant traffic laws, use and proper fit of protective headgear,
                           bicycle parts and safety features, and safe biking techniques.

2. Deadlines

a. Students under subdivision 1, paragraph (a), who are enrolled during the first or second week of school and have not previously received active transportation safety training specified in that paragraph must receive the safety training by the  end of the third week of school.

b. Students under subdivision 1, paragraph (b), who are enrolled during the first or second week of school and have not previously received active transportation safety training specified in that paragraph must receive the safety training by the end of the sixth week of school.

c. Students under subdivision 1, paragraph (a) or (b), who enroll in a school after the second week of school and have not received the appropriate active transportation safety training in their previous school district must undergo the training or receive active transportation safety instructional materials within four weeks of the first day of attendance.

d The school district and a nonpublic school may provide kindergarten pupils with active transportation safety training before the first day of school.

3.  Instruction

a. The school district may provide active transportation safety training through distance learning.

b. The district and a nonpublic school must make reasonable accommodations for the active transportation safety training of pupils known to speak English as a second language and pupils with disabilities.

2)  Conduct on School Buses and Student Discipline for School Bus and School Bus Stop Behavior

a)  Riding the school bus is a privilege, not a right.  The school district’s general student behavior rules are in effect for all students on school buses; including nonpublic and charter school students.

b)  Consequences for school bus/bus stop misconduct will be imposed by the school district under adopted administrative discipline procedures.  In addition, all school bus/bus stop misconduct will be reported to the school district’s transportation safety director.  Serious misconduct including misbehavior causing an immediate and substantial danger to self and surrounding person or property on a school bus or in a bus loading or unloading area shall be reported to law enforcement.

1. School Bus and Bus Stop Rules.  The school district school bus safety rules are to be posted on every bus.  If these rules are broken, the school district’s discipline procedures are to be followed. In most circumstances, consequences are progressive and may include suspension of bus privileges.  It is the school bus driver’s responsibility to report unacceptable behavior to the school district’s Transportation Office/School Office.

2. Rules at the Bus Stop

a. Get to your bus stop five minutes before your scheduled pick up time.  The school bus driver will not wait for late students.

b. Respect the property of others while waiting at your bus stop.

c.  Keep your arms, legs and belongings to yourself.

d.  Use appropriate language.

e.  Stay away from the street, road or highway when waiting for the bus.

f.   Wait until the bus stops before approaching the bus.

g.  After getting off the bus, move away from the bus.

h. If you must cross the street, always cross in front of the bus where the driver can see you. Wait for the driver to signal to you before crossing the street.

i.  No fighting, harassment, or intimidation.

j.  No use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs.

3. Rules on the Bus

a.   Immediately follow the directions of the driver.

b.   Sit in your seat facing forward.

c.   Talk quietly and use appropriate language.

d.   Keep all parts of your body inside the bus.

e.   Keep your arms, legs and belongings to yourself.

f.    No fighting, harassment, or intimidation.

g.   Do not throw any object.

h.   No eating, drinking, or use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.

i.    Do not bring any weapons or dangerous objects on the school bus.

j.    Do not damage the school bus.

4.  Student Discipline for School Bus and School Bus Stop Behavior

     Students are subject to school discipline for behavior while on school buses and at school bus stops.

a. Students will follow instructions of the bus driver, the posted bus expectations and the school bus safety training while on school buses or at school bus stops.

b. All referrals of a student’s misconduct on a school bus are forwarded to the student’s building principal or principal’s designee.  The building principal may impose discipline up to and including a recommendation for expulsion or exclusion for behavior on a school bus or at a school bus stop that violates applicable school policy.

5.  Suspension of Bus Riding Privileges

a. The student’s principal or his or her designee will inform the parent or guardian of discipline problems on a school bus.

b.  School bus riding privileges will be revoked in cases of serious misconduct or repeated misconduct.  In cases of less serious misconduct, students will receive a warning and school bus riding privileges will not be revoked for the first offense.

c.  If school bus riding privileges are revoked, the parent or guardian is responsible for providing transportation for the student to and from school.  Exceptions may be made in circumstances where special transportation is a related service on a student’s IEP.

1)  Other Discipline

Based on the severity of a student’s conduct, more serious consequences may be imposed at any time.  Depending on the nature of the offense, consequences such as suspension or expulsion from school also may result from school bus/bus stop misconduct.

2)   Records

Records of school bus/bus stop misconduct will be forwarded to the individual school building and will be retained in the same manner as other student discipline records.  Reports of student misbehavior on a school bus or in a bus-loading or unloading area that are reasonably believed to cause an immediate and substantial danger to the student or surrounding persons or property shall be provided by the school district to local law enforcement and the Department of Public Safety in accordance with state and federal law.

3)  Vandalism/Bus Damage

Students damaging school buses will be responsible for the damages. Failure to pay such damages (or make arrangements to pay) within two weeks may result in the loss of bus privileges until damages are paid.

4)  Notice

School bus and bus stop rules and consequences for violations of these rules will be reviewed with students annually and copies of these rules will be made available to students.  School bus rules are to be posted on each school bus.

5)  Criminal Conduct

In cases involving criminal conduct (for example, assault, weapons, drug possession or vandalism), the appropriate school district personnel and local law enforcement officials will be informed.

3)  Parent and Guardian Involvement

a)  Parent and Guardian Notification

The school district school bus and bus stop rules will be provided to each family.  Parents and guardians are asked to review the rules with their children.

b)  Parents/Guardians Responsibilities for Transportation Safety

Parents/Guardians are responsible to:

1. Become familiar with school district rules, policies, regulations, and the principles of school bus safety, and thoroughly review them with their children;

2. Support safe riding and walking practices, and recognize that students are responsible for their actions;

3. Communicate safety concerns to their school administrators;

4. Monitor bus stops, if possible;

5. Have their children to the bus stop five minutes before the bus arrives;

6. Have their children properly dressed for the weather; and

7. Have a plan in case the bus is late.

4)  School Bus Driver Duties and Responsibilities

a)  School bus drivers shall have a valid Class A, B, or C Minnesota driver’s license with a school bus endorsement.  A person possessing a valid driver’s license, without a school bus endorsement, may drive a type III vehicle with a seating capacity of 10 or fewer persons used as a school bus, but not outwardly equipped or identified as a school bus as set forth in Sections 6B. and 6.C., below.  Drivers with a valid Class D driver’s license, without a school bus endorsement, may operate a “type A-I” school bus as set forth in Section 6. D., below.

b) The school district shall conduct mandatory drug and alcohol testing of all school district bus drivers and bus driver applicants in accordance with state and federal law and school district policy.

c)  A school bus driver, with the exception of a driver operating a type A-1 school bus or type III vehicle, who has a commercial driver’s license and who is convicted of a criminal offense, a serious traffic violation, or of violating any other state or local law relating to motor vehicle traffic control, other than a parking violation, in any type of motor vehicle in a state or jurisdiction other than Minnesota, shall notify the Minnesota Division of Driver and Vehicle Services (“Division”) of the conviction within 30 days of the conviction.   For purposes of this paragraph, a “serious traffic violation” means a conviction of any of the following offenses:

1. excessive speeding, involving any single offense for any speed of 15 miles per hour or more above the posted speed limit;

2.  reckless driving;

3.  improper or erratic traffic lane changes;

4.  following the vehicle ahead too closely;

 

 

Adoption and Revision History

Incorporated Policies

709 STUDENT TRANSPORTATION COMPREHENSIVE SAFETY  (This Policy Adopted:  April 25, 2006; Rescinded:  August 5, 2008)

MSBA 709

711 VIDEO SURVEILLANCE ON SCHOOL STUDENT TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES   (This Policy Adopted:  April 28, 1998; Rescinded:  August 5, 2008)

 

EM-020.25 STUDENT TRANSPORTATION SAFETY POLICY (This Policy Adopted:  May 20, 2008; Revised:  June 22, 2010; Revised:  November 22, 2011); Revised:  July 23, 2013; Revised:  September 24, 2013; Revised:  May 26, 2015; Revised:  September 25, 2018

 

709 STUDENT TRANSPORTATION SAFETY POLICY

This Policy Revised:  May 21, 2019; July 23, 2019; November 15, 2022

 

 Administrative Rule, Regulation and Procedure:  NA

Legal References:               Minn. Stat. § 122A.18, Subd. 8 (Board to Issue Licenses)

                                             Minn. Stat. § 123B.03 (Background Check)

                                             Minn. Stat.§ 123B.42 (Textbooks; Individual Instruction or Cooperative Learning Material; Standard Tests)

Minn. Stat. § 123B.88 (Independent School Districts; Transportation)

Minn. Stat. § 123B.885 (Diesel School Buses; Operation of Engine; Parking)

Minn. Stat. § 123B.90 (School Bus Safety Training)

Minn. Stat. § 123B.91 (School District Bus Safety Responsibilities)

Minn. Stat. § 144.057 (Background Studies on Licensees and Other Personnel)

Minn. Stat. § 169.011, Subds. 15, 16, and 71(Definitions)

Minn. Stat. § 169.02 (Scope)

Minn. Stat. § 169.443 (Safety of School Children; Bus Driver’s Duties)

Minn. Stat. § 169.446, Subds. 2 (Safety of School Children; Training and Education Rules)

Minn. Stat. § 169.451 (Inspecting School and Head Start Buses; Rules; Misdemeanor)

Minn. Stat. § 169.454 (Type III Vehicle Standards)

Minn. Stat. § 169.4582 (Reportable Offense on School Buses)

Minn. Stat. § 169A.25-169A.27 (Driving While Impaired)

Minn. Stat. § 169A.31 (Alcohol-Related School Bus or Head Start Bus Driving)

Minn. Stat. § 169A.50-169A.53 (Implied Consent Law)

Minn. Stat. § 171.02, Subds. 2, 2a, and 2b (Licenses; Types, Endorsements, Restrictions)

Minn. Stat. § 171.168 (Notice of Violation by Commercial Driver)

Minn. Stat. § 171.169 (Notice of Commercial License Suspension)

Minn. Stat. § 171.321 (Qualifications of a School Bus and Type III Vehicle Drivers)

Minn. Stat. § 171.3215, Subd. 1 (c) (Canceling Bus Endorsement for Certain Offenses)

Minn. Stat. § 181.951 (Authorized Drug and Alcohol Testing)

Minn. Stat. Ch. 245C (Human Services Background Studies)

Minn. Stat. § 609.02 (Definitions)

Minn. Rules Parts 7470.1000-7470.1700 (School Bus Inspection)

49 C.F.R. § 383 (Commercial Driver’s License Standards; Requirements and Penalties)

                                             49 C.F.R. § 383.31 (Notification of Convictions for Driver Violations)

49 C.F.R. § 383.33 (Notification of Driver’s License Suspensions)

49 C.F.R. § 383.5 (Transportation Definitions)

49 C.F.R. § 383.51 (Disqualification of Drivers)

 

Cross References:              MSBA/MASA Model Policy 416 (Drug and Alcohol Testing)

                                             MSBA/MASA Model Policy 506 (Student Discipline)

                                             MSBA/MASA Model Policy 515 (Protection and Privacy of Pupil Records)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 707 (Transportation of Public Students)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 708 (Transportation of Nonpublic Students)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 710 (Extracurricular Transportation)