STUDENT TRANSPORTATION IN PRIVATE VEHICLES
The Bossier Parish School Board recognizes that there are times in which private vehicles are used to transport students to and from school sponsored events. The Board directs that such transportation services shall only be utilized in emergency situations as authorized by the Superintendent or his/her designee. Otherwise, proper student transportation, i.e., Board owned or operated vehicles, shall be used. The use of any van, cargo or passenger, in any capacity, for the purpose of transporting students to or from any school-related activity shall be prohibited.
When private vehicles are to be used to transport students, such vehicles shall be chosen in advance of the anticipated usage, whenever possible. In situations where private vehicles are to be used for transporting students to school related activities, the following guidelines shall be adhered to:
The driver of a
vehicle should be restricted to a teacher, parent, or legal guardian. The
vehicle owner shall submit a Trip Request for approval. Overnight
or out-of-state trips shall require Board approval.
All students shall
have written permission from their parent or legal guardian to travel
with the group on file with the principal or his/her designee prior
to any travel.
The number of students
transported shall be limited to the recommended capacity of the vehicle. Seat
belts shall be available for every passenger and each occupant of
the vehicle shall buckle with the appropriate seat belt.
A photocopy of a
valid driver’s license of the driver(s), vehicle registration, and
valid insurance coverage card of the vehicle shall be submitted to
school personnel by the intended driver. A minimum insurance
coverage shall be required for any personal vehicles used to transport
students. Appropriate documentation shall be made that
the driver of the vehicle and the vehicle's owner are aware that their
insurance shall be the first line of defense in the event of an accident.
Prior to the use of the vehicle, written permission shall be given by the driver and/or owner of the vehicle to enable School Board personnel to obtain a complete motor vehicle driving record of the driver and/or owner of the vehicle.
Ref: La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §17:81
Bossier Parish School Board