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Escondido Union HSD  |  BP  3541.1  Business and Noninstructional Operations

School-Related Trips   

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Trips by School Vehicles

Besides taking students to and from school, school vehicles shall provide transportation for field trips and for special activities approved by the Governing Board. Such trips may be taken in buses or other school transportation vehicles owned, leased, or rented by the district. All vehicles shall meet federal and state standards.

The Superintendent or designee shall maintain procedures to regulate the use of the vehicles for approved school-related activities. Activity trips occurring outside of school hours shall be subject to the rules and policies regulating educational field trips. Student councils, parent-teacher associations, and any other organizations requesting transportation shall be fully responsible for the costs of the trip. To the extent that funding has been approved by the Board, such costs may be charged to the district.

Transportation by Private Automobile

The Superintendent or designee may authorize the transportation of students by private automobile for approved field trips and activities when the vehicle is driven by an adult, age 21 or older, who has registered with the district for such purposes. All drivers shall be issued appropriate instructions and emergency information.

Drivers shall be required to possess a valid California driver's license and liability insurance of at least $100,000/$300,000 Bodily Injury and $25,000 Property Damage.

A seat belt must be provided for each passenger.

Trucks and pickups may not transport more persons than can safely sit in the passenger compartment.

The number of passengers, including the driver, shall not exceed the capacity for which the vehicle was designed and should not in any case exceed ten. (Education Code 39830)

Owners furnishing private vehicles shall not accept reimbursement from passengers in excess of the cost of operating the vehicle.

(cf. 6153 - Field Trips)

Legal Reference:


35330 Excursions and field trips

39830 School bus

39835 Use for community recreation

39837 Transportation of pupils to places of summer employment

39860 Transportation to special activities by district


adopted: April 25, 1995 Escondido, California