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Newport-Mesa USD |  AR  3541.1  Business and Noninstructional Operations

Transportation For School-Related Trips   

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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.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

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

118947-118949 Prohibition against smoking in motor vehicle with minor

PUBLIC UTILITIES CODE

5384.2 District not liable for charter-party carrier

VEHICLE CODE

545 School bus, definition

12814.6 Limitations of provisional driver's license

27315 Mandatory use of seat belts in private passenger vehicles

27360-27360.5 Child passenger restraint systems

27363 Child passenger restraint systems, exemptions

Management Resources:

WEB SITES

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