702P - Pupil Transportation

A. General

Bus transportation shall be furnished to all pupils, except those residing in walk zones as designated by the school board. Students with a disability will be transported in accordance with their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan. All buses shall meet the requirements as set forth in the State Motor Vehicle Code, Standards and Specifications of the State Board of Education, and such other regulations as the superintendent shall require for the safety of the pupils.

B. Routes and Schedules

Bus routes shall be established by the superintendent. Routes shall be scheduled only over roads and streets that are properly maintained and safe for bus travel. Bus stops for loading and unloading pupils shall be established at designated areas to assure the maximum safety and convenience of the pupils.

School bus routes, school sites and safety of students at designated school bus stops shall be reviewed at least once each year and as changes occur for safety hazards, fuel conservation, and to assure efficient bus use. School administrators shall evaluate the safety of pupils at bus stops periodically and shall, at the request of the school board, report the results annually to the school board.

A written vehicular and pedestrian traffic control plan for each school shall be reviewed annually for safety hazards. All new school site plans shall include provisions that promote vehicular and pedestrian safety.

C. Student Conduct on Buses

Because it is in the interest of safe and efficient school-bus operation, good behavior by students riding school buses is essential.

During operation of a bus, the driver is in immediate authority subject to the school division's rules and regulations. It is the driver’s duty to maintain discipline on the bus. A school bus driver shall immediately report all cases of misconduct needing special attention to the principal. The principal shall address misconduct in accordance with school board policy and regulation.

D. Permission to Ride Different Buses

Any student who wishes to ride a bus other than the one to which he/she is assigned shall give his/her principal a written request from his/her parent or guardian. The reasons for the request shall be stated in the note.

School buses may be used for school-related and school-sponsored trips following guidelines established by the superintendent or designee.

The school board will charge a reasonable fee not to exceed the cost of providing such transportation, for certain school-related trips and school-sponsored trips. The superintendent or designee shall maintain a schedule of those activities that are subject to, or exempt from transportation fees. The school board shall waive such fees for any pupil whose parent or guardian is financially unable to pay his/her share. 

F.  Transportation for Children in Foster Care

The superintendent collaborates with the local social services agency to develop and implement clear written procedures governing how transportation to maintain children in foster care in their school of origin when in their best interest will be provided, arranged and funded for the duration of time in foster care. The procedures ensure that children in foster care needing transportation to the school of origin will promptly receive transportation in a cost-effective manner and in accordance with 42 U.S.C. § 675(4)(A) and ensure that, if there are additional costs incurred in providing transportation to maintain children in foster care in their school of origin, the school division will provide transportation to the school of origin if the local social services agency agrees to reimburse the local school division for the cost of such transportation, the school division agrees to pay for the cost of such transportation or the school division and the local social services agency agree to share the cost of such transportation. 

Legal Reference20 U.S.C. § 6312.

Code of Virginia, Sections 22.1‑78, 176, 182, 221, 254.
8 VAC 20-70-154
8 VAC 20-70-160

Adopted:         February 6, 1990

Amended:       January 19, 1994

Amended:       July 21, 2009

Amended:       May 16, 2017

Amended:       July 19, 2017

Amended:      April 17, 2018