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Bus Route Policy



BUS ROUTES    Policy Code: 6321

The superintendent or designee will develop school bus routes in accordance with state law and regulations. All bus routes will be on file in the superintendent's office and all changes will be filed within 10 days after such change becomes effective.


Students ordinarily will be assigned to a bus which passes within one mile of the student's residence. To the extent practicable and economically feasible, ride time should be less than 60 minutes one way and not more than 90 minutes.


Bus stops will not be established closer than 0.2 (2/10) of a mile from each other except in cases where safety becomes a factor.


Bus routes normally will not be extended to non-state maintained roads.


Where transportation is provided in any school attendance area, the school buses will not normally operate beyond the boundaries of such attendance area. Therefore, pupils residing one attendance area shall not be transported by bus to a school in another attendance area except for specialized or centralized programs established by the board of education. A pupil residing in one attendance area and attending, by request, a school in another attendance area, must provide his/her own transportation to and from school. However, it is permissible for such a student to ride a school bus from any normal bus stop within the attendance area of his/her school once that student has provided his/her own transportation to the bus stop, provided there is space on the bus.


TRANSPORTATION TO LOCATIONS OTHER THAN HOME

Upon request, the superintendent or his/her designee may, but is not required to, assign a student to a bus to transport the student to and/or from a location other than home if the following conditions are met:


1. a written request signed by the parent or legal guardian must state the specific location other than home to which the student is to be     transported and must acknowledge that the parent and not the school district is responsible for the student's safety once the child has     departed from the bus;

2. the request for such transportation can not require a bus to deviate in any significant way from an established route;

3. there must be capacity on the bus, if the request would necessitate the student riding a different bus from the regularly assigned bus;

4. the student's residence and requested bus stop must be within the zone eligible for transportation service;

5. the request for such transportation may not cause the school district to incur any additional cost; and

6. the proposed bus stop must meet any safety standards established by law, the board, superintendent or principal.

Any changes in bus stops must be approved by the superintendent or designee.

BUS ROUTES IN HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS

School buses will not be allowed to operate if there is a serious threat to the safety of students or drivers. The superintendent may develop a more limited bus route for hazardous weather conditions in order to operate only on roads that are safe. To the extent possible, parents will be notified in advance of the bus route which will be used in hazardous conditions. The hazardous conditions bus route will be on file in the superintendent's office.


Legal References: G.S. 115C-240(d), -246; 16 NCAC 6B.0004
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Adopted: February 7, 2000
Revised: November 4, 2002