FILE:  EDD

 

SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULING AND ROUTING

 

 

The Natchitoches Parish School Board shall provide school bus transportation for all students living more than one mile from the school that they are assigned to attend.  Students living within one mile of the school may be allowed to ride a school bus when the School Board determines that conditions exist to warrant such transportation.  Other students may be provided with school bus transportation in accordance with regulations of the Louisiana Department of Education.

 

The School Board shall require all student transportation bus scheduling and routing to be under the direction of the Supervisor of Transportation.  Decisions regarding appropriate location of all bus stops shall be primarily based on the safety of the students.  Efficiency in time and distances shall also be considered in the establishment of all bus routes.  Buses shall be routed so that no more than one bus will travel the same route, except when necessary.  Additional scheduling and routing provisions shall be maintained for driving in inclement weather.

 

STUDENT BUS STOPS

 

The School Board shall require central collection points be established for the pick up of students by school buses.  The Supervisor of Transportation and the Superintendent shall be responsible for designating such collection points.  Main thoroughfares, lack of sidewalks, railroads, and other hazards shall be considered in any decisions regarding bus stops.  Students shall be allowed to be picked up at one location in the morning and be dropped off at another location in the afternoon due to parental hardship.  Such an arrangement shall be on a regular daily basis for the full school year and shall have prior approval from the principal with no additional mileage added to the bus operator’s route.

 

Each bus operator shall establish a reasonable time schedule for each route and shall be expected to adhere to this schedule.  By the same token, students shall be expected to be at their respective bus stop when the bus arrives.

 

Once a bus route has been established, the bus operator shall not alter or change assigned routes without order of the Supervisor of Transportation.

 

During inclement weather bus operators may make more frequent stops. 

 

No bus operator is permitted to leave his/her regular route to enter side streets or private drives to pick up students, unless such detours are beyond a distance of .25 miles (440 yards) from the established bus route.

 

LOADING AND UNLOADING OF STUDENTS

 

The loading and unloading of students onto and from school buses being utilized to transport students shall be conditional on the following:

 

  1. Bus operators shall be prohibited from loading or unloading students at school while the bus is in a traffic lane of any type of street as defined in state law and require that students be loaded or unloaded on a shoulder, in a school parking lot, or at other appropriate off-road location at the school as determined by the School Board.  This requirement shall not apply if the shoulder of a municipal road is the only available alternative and the municipality has not made the shoulder available by designating that area for loading and unloading students during designated school zone hours.

  2. Bus operators shall be prohibited from loading or unloading students at or near their homes while the bus is in a traffic lane of any type of street as defined by state law and it shall be required that students be loaded or unloaded on a shoulder, unless the School Board determines the unloading on a shoulder is less safe for the student.  However, if there is no shoulder, or if the shoulder is determined to be less safe, a bus operator may load and unload a student while the bus is in a lane of traffic but only if the bus is in the lane farthest to the right side of the road so that there is not a lane of traffic between the bus and the right-side curb or other edge of the road.

  3. Bus operators shall be prohibited from loading or unloading a student in a location on a divided highway such that a student, in order to walk between the bus and his/her home or school, would be required to cross a roadway of the highway on which traffic is not controlled by the visual signals on the school bus.

 

Street or highway means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way or place of whatever nature publicly maintained and open to the use of the public for the purpose of vehicular travel, including bridges, causeways, tunnels, and ferries.

 

Revised:  October, 1998 Revised:  September, 2014
Revised:  January, 2005 Revised:  August, 2015
Revised:  August, 2010  

 

 

Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:81, 17:493.1, 32.1

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

Board minutes, 7-24-75, 8-5-82, 8-11-88, 9-9-04

 

Natchitoches Parish School Board