EEA – Student Transportation Services

The District shall provide transportation for pupils to schools in the District consistent with provisions of RSA 189:6, RSA 189:6-a, RSA 189:9, and RSA 189:9-a provided that they live one mile or more from the school.  Exceptions that are in the best interest of student safety may be made by the Superintendent or designee.

General Operating Policy

Bus routes, stops and schedules shall be established annually, under the direction of the Superintendent or his/her designee in cooperation with the pupil transportation contractor subject to review by the School Board.  Routes will be developed annually and posted.

Pupils attending private schools and charter schools shall be entitled to the same transportation privileges within the District as are provided for pupils in public school within the District.

Routes will use the most direct roads safe for bus travel.  Where an alternate route may be selected without sacrifice to efficiency or economy, preference will be given to that route serving the larger number of students more directly.  School buses will not travel on unsafe roads.

New routes shall be established in the interest of efficiency, or when full capacity of the trips on existing routes has been reached.

School schedules may be adjusted to allow maximum utilization of each bus in the system.

The Superintendent or his/her designee may modify approved routes, stops, and/or schedules during the school year if conditions warrant such a modification.  All modifications to any bus route will be reported to the ConVal School Board.

Approved bus stops shall be located at safe and appropriate intervals in places where students may be loaded and unloaded.  Drivers may not load or unload pupils at other than authorized bus stops.

The number of bus stops on each trip shall be limited to enable buses to maintain a reasonable average speed and not to exceed the established times of the routes.

Student Conduct on School Buses

Bus drivers have the responsibility to maintain orderly behavior of students on school buses and will report in writing misconduct to the student’s Principal.  The school principal will have the authority, to suspend the riding privileges of students failing to conform to Board rules and regulations. Parents of children whose conduct on school buses endangers the health, safety, and welfare of other riders will be notified that their children face the loss of school bus riding privileges in accordance with the student discipline code.  The Board must approve suspensions of the right to ride the school bus that continue beyond twenty (20) days.

Resolution of Conflicts

Parents who wish to request a change or exemption from any of the Student Transportation policies shall direct that request to the SAU Business Administrator.  If the SAU Business Administrator ruling does not satisfy the parent, he/she may appeal the ruling within15 days to the Superintendent.  If the parent is again not satisfied by the ruling, he/she may appeal within 15 days to the School Board.

Legal References:

RSA 189:6, Transportation of Pupils

            RSA 189:8, Limitations and Additions

            RSA 189:9, Pupils in Private Schools

            RSA 189:9-a, Pupils Prohibited for Disciplinary Reasons

            RSA 193:12, Legal Residency Required

            RSA 194-B:2, V, Chartered Public Schools; Establishment

           Appendix: EEA-R & JICC-R

Category:  R

See also: , EEAEC, JICC                                                                                                          

 1st Read:  November 1, 2016

2nd Read:  November 15, 2016

Adopted:  November 15, 2016