THERE IS A STATE RECOMMENDATION THAT LIMITS SEATING CAPACITY TO (2) PER SEAT PLUS (1) CHAPERON WHEN THE BUS IS TRAVELING EXTENDED DISTANCES ON THE EXPRESSWAY. (BUS CAPACITY SHALL NOT EXCEED 45 INCLUDING THE DRIVER) STATE STATUTE REQUIRES A CHAPERON ON EACH BUS WITH STUDENTS, WHILE ON AN EXTRA-CURRICULAR FIELD TRIP. This chaperon shall be a certified person within the school district.
IT IS THE DISTRICT’S RECOMMENDATION THAT THE SPONSOR FOLLOW PROCEDURES bus request and must file two weeks in advance with approval by the principal and transportation director. The transportation director will assign a driver. (At no time should a staff member arrange for a driver, this is the transportation directors responsibility and choice.)
The sponsors of the trip shall see the bus driver is provided a meal if a stop is made for students meals, as well as provide lodging for driver for overnight trips. The driver has the option of deciding on trips where to stop for meals in order for safety and parking unless decided before the trip by teacher and driver.
The driver and Transportation Director (Principal, AD, or Superintendent) may cancel a trip or cut short due to emergencies or severe weather.
The driver shall review all emergency evacuations procedures for all field trips to staff and students.
It is the duty of the chaperones to maintain discipline on the bus. Failure to do so shall be reported to transportation director and principal and may result in disciplinary action to personnel and limit future request by that teacher for trips.
ADDITIONAL CARRY ON ITEMS:
THE STATUTE FOR DAILY ROUTES READS AS FOLLOWS; “STUDENTS MAY ONLY HAVE CARRY ON ITEMS THAT MAY BE PLACED IN THEIR LAP WHILE BEING TRANSPORTED TO AND FROM SCHOOL”.
STATE STATUTE REQUIRES A CHAPERON ON EACH BUS WITH STUDENTS, WHILE ON AN EXTRA-CURRICULAR FIELD TRIP.
IT IS THE DISTRICT’S RECOMMENDATION THAT THE SPONSOR FOLLOW PROCEDURES AS OUTLINED IN BOARD POLICY FOR SCHOOL/SPONSOR REQUIREMENTS.
THE SPONSOR SHALL BE AWARE OF ANY SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE TRIP SUCH AS ROUTE CONDITIONS, TOLL ROADS, ETC
SAFE DRIVING PRINCIPLES:
DRIVERS ARE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW ALL SAFE DRIVING PRINCIPLES THE SAME AS THEY ARE IN THE COURSE OF THEIR DAILY ROUTES.
WHEN DRIVING IN UNFAMILIAR AREAS, ALL DRIVERS ARE TO OBSERVE ALL POSTED TRAFFIC REGULATIONS.
THE DRIVER SHALL PRACTICE TRIP PRE-PLANNING OF EQUIPMENT AND ROUTE CONDITIONS.
THE DRIVER SHALL PLAN SCHEDULED STOPS FOR EXTENDED TRIPS.
THE DRIVER SHALL HAVE EMERGENCY CONTINGENCY PLANS PREPARED IN THE EVENT OF UNFORESEEN EVENTS. PHONE #S SHOULD BE AVAILABLE ON THE BUS.
THE DRIVER SHALL NOT FUEL THE BUS WITH PASSENGERS ON BOARD.
ON DUTY TIME:
FEDERAL REGULATIONS REGARDING DRIVE TIME, DICTATES DRIVER ACTIVITY DURING THE COURSE OF EXTENDED OR OVERNIGHT TRIPS.
IT IS THE DISTRICT’S RECOMMENDATION FOR DRIVERS NOT TO EXCEED (8) HOURS OF “ON DUTY TIME” WITHIN A (24) HOUR PERIOD. THE DRIVER SHALL TAKE REGULARLY SCHEDULED REST STOPS TO AVOID FATIGUE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL REGULATIONS.