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8112 - Special Transportation Policy

Policy 8112


Special TransportationThe 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.  The superintendent shall have the authority to modify transportation services for school and extracurricular activities when the available fuel supply for regular transportation appears to fall below the required level.  Any staff member may deny transportation to any student who violates the district’s written rules and regulations.

Extracurricular Activities – The superintendent may authorize the use of district transportation vehicles transporting nonparticipating student 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 board may enter into a written lease agreement with any of the following:

A. 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;

B. A governmental agency transporting personnel, supplies and/or evacuees in the event of a major forest fire, flood or other natural disaster;

C. 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 recompense 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.  If a bus is a part of the regular fleet, the funds derived from a rental or lease agreement may be deposited in the general 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

Legal References:       RCW   28A.160-010               Transporting of children to school or
                                                                                                school activities – Transporting
                                                                                                of elderly – Insurance
                                      RCW   28A.160.040               Lease of buses to transport handicapped
                                                                                                children and elderly – Limitation
                                     RCW   28A.160.070               Lease of buses to transport handicapped
                                                                                                children and elderly – Elderly
                                                                                                persons defined – Program limitation
                                     RCW   28A.160.080               School buses, rental or lease for emergency
                                                                                                purposes – Authorization
                                    RCW   28A.160.100               School buses, transportation of general
                                                                                                public to interscholastic activities
                                    RCW   28A.160.120               Agreements with other governmental
                                                                                                entities for transportation of public
                                                                                                or other noncommon school
                                                                                                purposes – Limitations
                                    RCW   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



Adoption Date:           May 28, 1996