3100 - Transportation

Policy 3100 title box

It is the policy of the Boards of Directors of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, Bennington School District, Inc., Mount Anthony Union School District, North Bennington Graded School District, Pownal School District, Shaftsbury School District, and Woodford School District to provide reasonable and necessary transportation to students in accordance with 16 VSA §1222.

Students are provided transportation during regular school hours pursuant to the following conditions:

This policy sets forth the procedures that shall be followed by the above Districts in providing student transportation to and from schools, for field trips, and athletic and other school-sponsored events. It also specifies the responsibilities of contractors hired to provide transportation services for students. 

I. REGULAR SCHOOL DAY TRANSPORTATION

  1. Transportation will be provided for students attending public school within their designated school attendance zone (policy #5030) except at administrative recommendation.
  2. The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union and Member Districts will provide free and appropriate public education to all eligible students with disabilities. State regulations and federal law require that transportation as a related service be provided at no cost to the parent if a child requires such service in order to benefit from special education.
  3. Transportation will be provided to students as necessary for educational opportunities away from school campuses, including field trips, and athletic team events. Transportation will be provided from the school campus with return to the school campus only. Transportation will not be provided to students’ homes for any extracurricular activities.
  4. Transportation shall be provided by the busing contractor or another commercial provider as necessary or by local school district for other purposes.
  5. The Superintendent, in consultation with each school board shall specify the maximum walking distance from school, beyond which a student is entitled to transportation.
  6. For reasons of safety, the Superintendent may provide for transportation of students who reside within the specified walking distances, if in the Superintendent's opinion, traffic conditions, sidewalks, crossing-guard availability and other considerations warrant making the exception. The Superintendent has the authority to make exceptions by expanding services.
  7. School buses and school bus stops are considered to be school property, and all school rules apply.

II. FOR ALL DISTRICTS: BUS ROUTES, RESPONSIBILITIES OF CONTRACTORS

  1. Bus routes will be established for the needs of SVSU Districts and the transportation needs of their students by the Superintendent or his/her designee in collaboration with the busing contractor. 
  2. Alternate routes due to seasonal snow or mud may be necessary on a temporary basis. The busing contractor will work with the appropriate town road commissioner and the Superintendent's office when circumstances dictate.
  3. Bus routes and schedules shall be communicated to parents and guardians prior to the opening of school year.
  4. It is the responsibility of the busing contractor to employ qualified drivers in compliance with all conditions as follows: SVSU Policy #4080, #3101
    • The Contractor agrees to furnish careful and competent drivers in compliance with SVSU policy #4080 - Criminal Record Checks, and Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing in compliance with SVSU policy #3101 each of whom holds a valid Vermont Driver's license with School Bus Driver's endorsement and otherwise meets the requirements of the State of Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles and other governmental authorities having jurisdiction over the transportation of students. Drivers shall be required to obtain and maintain certification in workplace first aid, CPR and all other trainings, as indicated in the transportation contract, prior to beginning the school year, or within thirty days of employment.
    • The Contractor shall file annually with the District a list of all regular and substitute drivers documenting compliance with requirements of Section A. for District administrative approval. Such list shall contain the school bus driver's license number and the date of expiration.
    • Contractor shall immediately replace any driver upon discovery that such driver is unfit to drive a school bus.
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Administration Procedures Policy # 3100

I. Within the Bennington School District only:

  1. In cases where a student is placed in a school outside of his or her designated attendance zone by administrative initiative, the student will be provided transportation except in cases where the student resides within the specified walking distances.
  2. Bus stops shall be determined using the student’s residential address. Parents may request a different stop but only within their assigned enrollment zone, and for reasons such as childcare needs or similar issues. Such requests shall be made in writing to the Superintendent, who shall determine whether or not the request can be accommodated.
  3. For safety reasons, the Superintendent may provide for transportation of students who reside within the specified walking distances, and may also adjust placement of bus stops, if in the Superintendent’s opinion, traffic conditions, sidewalks, crossing guard availability and other considerations warrant making the exception or change. The Superintendent has the authority to make exceptions by expanding services.
  4. Bus routes and schedules shall not be published in the local press prior to the opening of school due to safety and privacy concerns. The routes will be distributed directly to families prior to the opening of school each year.
  5. For Pownal School District:  Bus routes and schedules shall be published in the local press prior to the opening of the school year. 
  6. For the Shaftsbury School District:   Bus routes and schedules shall not be published in the local press prior to the opening of school due to safety and privacy concerns. The routes will be distributed directly to families prior to the opening of school each year.

II. MOUNT ANTHONY UNION DISTRICT

  1. Students living beyond the 1-1/2 mile radius of their designated school building shall be picked up at the bus pickup point nearest their home and will be responsible to arrive at that pickup point by their own means.
  2. Students living within the 1-1/2 mile radius are not eligible for transportation services.
  3. Students who live outside of the MAUHS District No. 14 residence areas are not eligible for transportation services.
  4. Bus routes and schedules shall be published in the local press prior to the opening of school year.
  5. Parents having requests for transportation not provided by established routes and/or schedules in exceptional situations, should present such request in writing to the Superintendent. Each such request will be presented to the Board with appropriate recommendations.
  6. Bus requests for extra-curricular activities (excluding athletics) will be routed through building administrators to the Central Office.
  7. Bus requests for athletic events will be routed through the Athletic Director.
a. The person in charge of each activity will have the responsibility of assuring that the bus is as clean when their students leave it as when they entered it.
b. If additional cleaning needs to be done by bus personnel, a bill will be submitted to that particular activity.
c. All conditions of the Mt. Anthony Student Handbook Discipline Policy apply to all student trips.