FILE:  EDBA

 

RESPONSIBILITY FOR VEHICLE OPERATION

 

 

BOARD-OWNED OR LEASED VEHICLES

 

The Natchitoches Parish School Board shall require that only authorized employees with valid drivers’ licenses be allowed to operate and drive vehicles owned or leased by the Board.  Authorized employees shall be those employees whom the school system has authorized to drive Board-owned or leased vehicles after having their driving records and insurance qualifications examined for acceptability by School Board staff.

 

The Natchitoches Parish School Board requires the highest possible standards of safety of its employees in the operation of vehicles owned or leased by the School Board.  Accordingly, no person may be hired or employed for any position which includes duties involving the operation of a School Board owned or leased vehicle who has a motor vehicle record with violations for driving while intoxicated or under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, or other serious motor vehicle violations, nor whose driver’s license is suspended.

 

ARRESTS OR CITATIONS FOR MOTOR VEHICLE VIOLATIONS

 

A school bus operator shall report his/her arrest or citation for violation of any law or local ordinance that prohibits operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any abused substance or controlled dangerous substance set forth in the drug schedules enumerated in La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §40:964, regardless of whether the employee is operating a school bus or a private vehicle at the time of the arrest or citation.  School bus operator shall mean any employee of the School Board whose duties include the transportation of students to and from school or to and from any school-related activity.

 

The report shall be made by the operator by telephone and in writing to the Superintendent or his/her designee.  Such report shall be made within twenty-four (24) hours of the arrest or citation or prior to the operator next reporting for his/her work assignment as a school bus operator, whichever time period is shorter.  Such report shall be made by the school bus operator regardless of who owns or leases the vehicle being driven at the time of the offense for which the operator was arrested and regardless of whether the operator was performing an official duty or responsibility at the time of the offense.

 

A school bus operator who fails to report his/her arrest or citation for operation of a vehicle while under the influence or alcohol or drugs as noted above shall be terminated by the School Board if the operator is serving a probationary term of employment, or shall be subject to removal as provided for by state law if the operator is tenured.  If the bus operator is tenured, written and signed charges alleging such failure to report violations shall be brought against the bus operator.

 

In the event a citation, summons or arrest involves the operation of a School Board owned or leased vehicle, the driving privileges of an employee may be immediately removed.  For an employee whose primary duty is the driving of a School Board owned or leased vehicle, the employee may be suspended with or without pay, or terminated if the violation results in conviction. 

 

ACCIDENTS

 

Any employee involved in an accident in a vehicle owned or leased by the School Board or while transporting students to or from school-related activities shall report such accident to proper School District personnel utilizing the procedures outlined in the Transportation Handbook.  Reporting requirements are applicable to all employees, not just bus operators.  Any part of the vehicle rubbing, scraping, or touching (other than bushes, limbs, etc.) other objects or vehicles that results in damage to the vehicle shall constitute an accident.

 

MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVING RECORD

 

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall have the right to contact the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles for verification of driving records and for updating information to be provided to the insurer.

 

New policy:  September, 2010

 

 

Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§  14:32.1, 14:32.8, 14:39.2, 14:98, 14:98.1, 14:98.2, 14:100, 17:81, 17:491.3, 17:493

Louisiana School Transportation Specifications and Procedures, Bulletin 119, Louisiana Department of Education

Board minutes, 10-7-10

 

Natchitoches Parish School Board