It is the policy of the Board to provide transportation for those students for whom the Superintendent has determined that the distance from their school makes this service necessary within the limitations established by State law and the regulations of the State of Florida. Such laws and rules shall govern any question not covered by this policy.
School buses shall be purchased, housed, and maintained by the District for the transportation of resident students between their home areas and the schools of the District to which they are assigned.
Students living more than two miles from their home school will be eligible for District provided bus transportation. Students shall board the bus at the nearest designated stop and will not enter or leave the bus at any other designated stop, except upon approval of the principal.
Students living within two miles of school may be provided District bus transportation if they are:
|A.||Permanently disabled students whose Individual Education Plans document a need for special transportation
|B.||Temporarily disabled students upon request and verification of disability and length of time of disability
|C.||Elementary students in kindergarten through sixth grade who must walk through an area that meets State criteria for hazardous walking conditions
The Superintendent shall identify which students are eligible for transportation and shall determine the arrangement of transportation routes necessary to accommodate these eligible students.
Upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board shall authorize annually the arrangement of transportation routes necessary to accommodate eligible students. The Superintendent is authorized to make any necessary changes in bus routes. If a student is ineligible for transportation, removal from the bus will be immediate.
The Board authorizes the installation and use of video recording devices on school buses to assist the drivers in providing for the safety and well being of the students while on a bus. Such tapes are considered student records if they show students.
The Superintendent shall be responsible for developing and implementing appropriate administrative procedures for this policy.
The principal shall assume responsibility under the direction of the Superintendent for all student disciplinary cases which arise in connection with transportation in accordance with Florida statute, Florida School Board Rule, and the Student Code of Conduct.
F.S. 1006.21, 1006.22