Newport-Mesa USD | AR 3541.1 Business and Noninstructional Operations
Transportation For School-Related Trips
The district may provide transportation for students, employees, and other individuals for field trips and other school-related trips approved according to Board policy and administrative regulation. All such trips shall be approved by the site principal and the appropriate assistant superintendent. All overnight trips shall be approved by the Governing Board.
(cf. 3312.2 - Educational Travel Program Contracts)
(cf. 3540 - Transportation)
(cf. 3541 - Transportation Routes and Services)
(cf. 6153 - School-Sponsored Trips)
The Superintendent or designee shall determine the most appropriate and cost-effective mode of transportation for each approved trip. He/she may authorize the use of district vehicles, contracts to provide transportation, or arrange transportation by the use of other vehicles.
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the district or contractor has sufficient liability insurance for transportation on school-related trips.
Anyone driving a district-owned vehicle will comply with all Board required documentation requirements. This may include DMV's pull notice program.
(cf. 3530 - Risk Management/Insurance)
(cf. 1230 - School-Connected Organizations)
Transportation by Private Vehicle
Private vehicles shall not be used to provide transportation for school-related trips.
Passenger Restraint Systems
All drivers shall wear safety belts and shall ensure that all passengers are properly secured in seat belts or child passenger restraint systems in accordance with law. (Vehicle Code 27315, 27360, 27360.5, 27363)
A child who is under age 8 years shall be properly secured in a rear seat in an appropriate child passenger restraint system meeting federal safety standards, except under any of the following circumstances: (Vehicle Code 27360, 27363)
1. The child is four feet nine inches or taller, in which case a safety belt may be used.
2. Use of a child passenger restraint system would be impractical by reason of physical unfitness, medical condition, or size and an appropriate special needs child passenger restraint system is not available.
3. There is no rear seat, the rear seats are side-facing jump seats or rear-facing seats, the child passenger restraint system cannot be installed properly in the rear seat, all rear seats are already occupied by children under age 8 years, or medical reasons necessitate that the child not ride in the rear seat.
4. The child is otherwise exempted by law.
35330 Excursions and field trips
35332 Transportation by air
39830 School bus
39830.1 School pupil activity bus
39860 Transportation to special activities by district
44808 Liability when students not on school property
HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE
PUBLIC UTILITIES CODE
5384.2 District not liable for charter-party carrier
545 School bus, definition
12814.6 Limitations of provisional driver's license
27315 Mandatory use of seat belts in private passenger vehicles
27363 Child passenger restraint systems, exemptions
California Department of Motor Vehicles: http://www.dmv.ca.gov
California Highway Patrol: http://www.chp.ca.gov
California Office of Traffic Safety: http://www.ots.ca.gov
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov
Regulation NEWPORT-MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
approved: February 12, 2013 Costa Mesa, California