Del Norte County & USD | AR 3541.3 Business and Noninstructional Operations
District Driver Policy
Employees and volunteers shall register with the district's Transportation Department prior to the authorization to use any vehicle for district business. The district reserves the right to refuse an employee or volunteer authorization to operate a vehicle on district business or be reimbursed mileage if the individual is determined to be a negligent operator or fails to maintain a valid California Class A, B or C driver's license.
District Driver Procedure
1. All employee or volunteers drivers shall complete and submit to the Transportation Department a School Driver Registration Form (See Exhibit E 3541.1) including the following information:
a. California driver's license number
b. Last name, first name, middle name or initial
c. Current address with zip code
d. Date of birth
e. Personal vehicle information
f. Insurance information
2. The Transportation Department will conduct annual driver history inspections through the Department of Motor Vehicles. Each time a driver is convicted of a moving traffic law violation, the court notifies the Department of Motor Vehicles and a copy of the violation with the number of points assigned is sent to the district's Transportation Department. A record of the conviction is placed in the driver's license file.
a. When a traffic conviction shows that a person drives a motor vehicle unsafely on a highway, the DMV assigns as one point towards determination of a negligent driver.
b. Two points are charged (assigned by the DMV) if the driver is convicted of:
(1) Reckless driving
(2) Hitting an unattended vehicle without notifying the owner
(3) Causing property damage, injury, or death by hit-and-run driving
(4) Manslaughter involving a vehicle
(5) Causing injury or death with a vehicle while evading a peace officer
(6) Driving on the wrong side of a divided highway
(7) Speed contest or exhibition of speed
(8) Illegal transport of explosives
(9) Driving under the influence of liquor and/or any drug
c. An accident is normally counted as one point. If a volunteer driver's total point count exceeds the allowable limit due to an accident which the volunteer feels was not his/her fault, an appeal not to consider the accident (not to charge a point against their record) may be filed with the Director of Transportation. It shall be the volunteer's responsibility to supply a copy of the traffic accident report or insurance company report with the appeal. The Director's decision is final. If the driver is an employee, the appeal shall be to the district Driver Policy Committee, which is further defined below.
d. For district's purposes, a driver is considered a negligent operator of a motor vehicle with status 1, 2 or 3 when the employees driving record shows a point count within a specified period of time. For point counts and time periods, please inquire at the Transportation Department.
3. The district reserves the right to refuse an employee or volunteer authorization to operate a district vehicle, or to refuse any individual authorization to operate a private vehicle for district business, if the individual is determined to be a negligent operator in accordance with Article "2" above or fails to maintain a valid California Class A, B or C driver's license.
a. Employees deemed to be negligent operators of Status 1 may not operate district vehicles or their personal vehicles on school business, even if there are no passengers.
b. Employees deemed to be negligent operators of Status 2 may not transport students in district or personal vehicles on school business, including field trips, but could still operate a district or personal vehicle without student passengers unless they also qualify as negligent under the Status 1 criteria.
c. Volunteers (including employees outside their normal work day and work duties) deemed to be negligent operators of Status 3 may not operate a district or personal vehicle on school business with student passengers.
4. The Director of Transportation shall maintain a list of approved employees and volunteers who are authorized to operate district vehicles or to operate private vehicles on school business (including field trips).
5. A "district vehicle" is defined as, "A motor vehicle owned by the Del Norte County Unified School District, gasoline, diesel or propane powered, and used for the purpose of moving or propelling any person or property upon a highway.
6. Application and enforcement of this policy shall be on a retroactive basis for volunteers, but not for employees; i.e. volunteers may lose their driving privileges immediately upon policy enactment based on their driving record over the prior five years, but enforcement relative to employees (other than for voluntary driving not related to their job) shall be. based on points earned after policy enactment.
7. If an employee disagrees with a "negligent operator" determination based on the above criteria, he/she may appeal the decision to the District Driver Policy Committee. The Committee shall be comprised of one representative appointed from each group as follows:
a. Classified by the CSEA President
b. Certificated by the DNTA President
c. Classified Manager elected from their group
d. Certificated Manager elected from their group
The Committee shall review appeals by employees and a reversal of a "negligent operator' determination can only be made by vote of a majority of the Committee with a quorum of three representatives present. The Director of Transportation shall convene the Committee as needed and shall act as a non-voting resource person for the Committee.
Regulation DEL NORTE COUNTY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
approved: March 14, 2002 Crescent City, California