GENERAL SCHOOL BUS SERVICE GUIDELINES
Please . . .
Be aware that all
school rules apply on the bus.
the directions of the driver.
seated at all times while the bus is moving.
courteous, keep hands and feet to yourself.
swearing, rude gestures, teasing, put downs, or
tobacco products of any kind, including,
lighters, matches, drugs,
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ATHLETICS AND FIELD TRIPS
When on a field trip or athletic event students
are expected to behave in an appropriate manner and follow all rules of the
school and the bus.
The transportation department has information on scheduled departure
and return times for athletic and other field trips. We do not know
the exact time of return for trips. The variables, traffic, weather,
length of the game, students, affect the return time of the bus.
For information on scheduled depart and return times you can call
transportation at 530-622-6306 extension 7250 or
The transportation department has suggested travel directions to
locations of most school related events. For this information you can
call transportation at 530-622-6306 extension 7250 or
Transportation for School-Releated Trips:
Visibility: When visibility drops to 200 feet or less, the
driver shall stop the bus at a safe location and discontinue service until
visibility is more than 200 feet. Drivers have discretionary authority
to discontinue school bus operation if the driver determines that it is
unsafe to continue operation because of reduced visibility.
Education Code 39831.5, School Bus Emergency Procedure and Passenger Safety.
Prior to departure on a school activity trip, all pupils riding on a school
bus or SPAB shall receive safety instruction which includes, but is not
limited to, location of emergency exits, and location and use of emergency
equipment. Instruction also may include responsibilities of passengers
seated next to an emergency exit.
Transportation, Safety, and Emergencies policy:
Board Policy 3543,
Administrative Regulation 3543.
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Bus stops are established to serve the maximum number of students
possible. There are certain places where establishing a bus stop is
prohibited. When a request for an additional bus stop on a route is
received, the department looks at the request and how the request follows
the criteria established in the district Board Policy and Administrative
Regulation. The district
establishes safe bus stops. It is the parents responsibility to get
their students to and from the bus stop.
Transportation Policy: Board
Administrative Regulation 3540
Student behavior at bus stops is the same appropriate behavior that
is expected at school.
Rule: Students are expected to be
at their assigned bus stop five (5) minutes before the bus is
scheduled to arrive. Buses should not leave a stop before the
designated pick up time. In the event of ice and snow buses may not go
into some areas. Students are notified by phone in this event.
In order for a student to go to another bus stop the student must
have a note written by the parent or guardian giving permission. The
note is to be given to the bus driver.
All students need to be on the correct side of the road before the bus
arrives in the morning. If there is no place for your student to
stand, on the right side of the road, call the transportation department at
530-622-6306 extension 250 or 247 to discuss this concern. The
district does not provide bus shelters for students.
Escorting: All students who must
cross the street after leaving a school bus must use a crosswalk with
traffic signal or cross under the protection of red signal light of the bus.
High school students, by law, do not have to be physically escorted
across the street. After departing the school bus, students crossing
the street, must cross diagonally in front of the bus and not behind
Red Light Runners:
While students are exiting the school bus and/or crossing the street the
driver of the school bus will activate the red cross over lights and extend
the stop arm, if so equipped. Vehicles shall not proceed past the
school bus until the students are safely across the street and the red
crossover lights and stop arm have been turned off by the school bus driver.
When a vehicle passes a school bus while the red cross over lights are
activated and the stop arm is extended the driver will notify the California
Highway Patrol of the incident and the CHP will take appropriate action.
It is a violation of California state law to pass a school bus when the red
cross over lights and stop arm are in use.
When a bus arrives at school past the start time, drivers will give students
a late pass indicating the bus was late. The school is notified by
transportation when a bus is going to be late.
Visibility: Title 13 34501.6 Vehicle Code, When visibility
drops to 200 feet or less, the driver shall stop the bus at a safe location
and discontinue service until visibility is more than 200 feet. LINK
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SAFETY AND TRAINING
School bus transportation is rated by the national Safety Council as
the safest form of passenger transportation. Our school bus drivers
are specially trained to give students the best service and protection
School Bus Driver
Qualifications: Each school bus
driver completes classroom and road instruction before receiving
certification to drive a school bus. The district requires all school
bus drivers to complete first-aid instruction, to attend regularly scheduled
safety meeting and to attend additional training sessions to maintain the
skills needed to safely transport students. Policy
on School Bus Driver:
Administrative Regulation 4219.3-70
Drug and Alcohol
Free: This department is part of a drug and alcohol free
district. Employees of the department participate in a federally
mandated program for drug and alcohol testing. Transportation
employees are tested for drug and/or alcohol before employment and then
randomly. Policy on
Drug and Alcohol Testing for School Bus Drivers:
Board Policy 4112.42,
School bus drivers posses a class A or B California drivers license,
with an air brake endorsement and a passenger
transport endorsement. Testing, written and driving, for a
California Special Drivers certificate to drive a school bus, is done by the
California Highway Patrol. The special certificate is issued by the
California Department of Motor Vehicles
Capacity of the
Vehicle: The capacity of a school
bus is established by the manufacture and the California Highway Patrol.
Most of the districtís buses are 84 passenger vehicles. This means
that there are three (3) students to each seat. While this may be
crowded it does not exceed the legal stated capacity of the bus. When
there are more students assigned to a bus than the legal capacity of the
vehicle the driver will notify the office and another bus will be sent to
pick up students. The district will not exceed the legal capacity of
the school bus. Students are not allowed to sit on the floor or stand
while the bus is in motion. Adjustments of stops may be necessary in
order to eliminate possible over crowding on buses.
Drivers are required to safety inspect each bus they drive daily.
This inspection includes but is not limited to all safety equipment, lights,
tires and brakes. District mechanics do a preventive maintenance inspection
of all buses every 3,000 miles or 45 calendar days,
whichever comes first; or more often if necessary to ensure safe operation.
A representative of the California Highway Patrol, Motor Carrier division
safety inspects and certifies all buses once a year.
Seat Belts vs.
Compartmentalization: Seat belts
are not required on school buses. Child safety seat are also not
required. School bus seats are designed to absorb the impact of a
collision. The design includes padding and high backs on seats.
This design is called compartmentalization. It provides the safest
ride possible for your child.
Age and Condition
of the Fleet: The buses in the El Dorado Union High School
District are in very good condition. We have 30 buses. The
average age of district buses is 10.6 years. In the 2001-02 school
year, District buses safely traveled 406,630 miles.
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Left on the Bus:
Any item found on the bus will be brought forward and will remain on
the bus for two (2) days for reclaiming. At the end of the second day,
the driver will return the item to the appropriate school, if known, or
return it to the transportation office. If you are looking for an item
first have your student check with the driver. The driver should be
able to tell your students where the item can be claimed. Sometimes
when items are left on the bus another student may pick up the item.
Items left on the bus are not the responsibility of the driver or the school
Use of Cell Phones:
Cell phones are not allowed at school. Cell phones may not be used
while on the bus.
Drivers have the authority to determine where a studentís skateboard will be
stored when on the bus. Drivers may ask
students to store the skateboard in the luggage compartment.
Students are required to carry their identification card and bus pass with
them at all times. Students are required to show the bus driver their
bus pass each morning and afternoon. Students who do not have a bus
pass with them may be directed to sit in an assigned seat by the driver.
Drivers do not collect money.
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