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6620 - Exceptional Transportation

BOARD POLICY No. 6620

EXCEPTIONAL TRANSPORTATION 

The following uses of district transportation are a privilege, not a right, and, except where bound by the terms of a lease, the district may revoke that privilege through official board action at a regularly scheduled and legally advertised meeting.

School Activities

Transportation may be provided by the district for all activities which have been officially designated by the board as school activities. Activities may include, but not be limited to:

    1. Educational field trips growing out of regular classroom activity which are planned by the teacher, approved by the principal and supervised by school staff; and
    2. Other board-approved cocurricular programs.

Extracurricular Activities

The superintendent may authorize the use of district transportation vehicles transporting nonparticipating students to extracurricular activities. Such vehicles may be so used when the users pay an amount sufficient to reimburse the district for the complete cost of such use. District drivers shall be used on all such trips. Participants shall be supervised by staff.

Leasing of Buses

The district may enter into a written lease agreement with any of the following:

    1. A nonprofit organization transporting handicapped children and/or persons at least 60 years of age to and from the site of activities or programs deemed beneficial to such persons by such organizations, provided that commercial bus service is not reasonably available for such purpose;
    2. A governmental agency transporting personnel, supplies and/or evacuees in the event of a major forest fire, flood or other natural disaster;
    3. A user conducting an educational recreation program supported wholly or in part by tax funds.

Such a lease agreement shall contain a clause absolving the district of any and all liability arising from the lessee's use and operation of the district's buses and a clause requiring the lessee to maintain adequate insurance to compensate the district for the potential loss of the buses leased. Potential users shall stipulate in writing that commercial or charter bus service is not reasonably available to provide the services for which a school bus is needed. The user shall reimburse the district for the actual costs plus a reasonable fee for use of the bus. Funds derived from the lease of a surplus bus shall be deposited in the transportation vehicle fund.

Cooperative Programs

The board may enter into cooperative transportation agreements with other districts when it is economically advantageous to the cooperating districts and when it does not impair the quality of educational programs available to students.

Cross Reference: 

Board policy 

2320

Field trips, Excursions and Outdoor Education

6112

Rental or Lease of District Property

Legal Referenecs: 

RCW 

28A.160.010

Transporting of children to school or school activities-Transporting of elderly--Insurance

28A.160.040

Lease of buses to transport handicapped children and elderly -- Limitation

28A.160.070

Lease of buses to transport handicapped children and elderly -- Elderly persons defined--Program limitation

28A.160.080

School buses, rental or lease for emergency purposes-Authorization

28A.160.100

School buses, transportation of general public to interscholastic activities

28A.160.120

Agreements with other governmental entities for transportation of public or other noncommon school purposes -- Limitations

28A.335.060

Surplus school property, rental, lease or use of -- Disposition of moneys received from

WAC 

180-20-106

School bus operation for extracurricular use

 

First Reading: February 19, 2002

Adopted by the Board: July 16, 2002

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