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Sweetwater Un HSD |  AR  3541  Business and Noninstructional Operations

Transportation Routes And Services   

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Routes and Bus Stops

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall design transportation routes and stops to promote the safety of students and maximum efficiency in the use of buses.

Students shall be eligible for transportation service to and from school if the distance between their school-established bus stop and the school is beyond the minimum listed below:

1. For students attending junior high or middle school:

Grades 7-9: two and one-half miles

2. For students attending a high school:

Grades 9-12: three and one-half miles

The distance shall be measured by the most direct, commonly traveled street and highways. The student is considered to reside at the point at which the driveway, private road, easement road, etc., enter a federal, state, or county-maintained road.

The Superintendent or his/her designee may authorize transportation within the walking distance when safety problems or hazards exist.

Students who attend a school outside their attendance area may be eligible for transportation services in accordance with Board policy.

Nothing in this policy is to be construed as requiring district transportation as a condition of school attendance.

(cf. 5116.1- Intradistrict Open Enrollment)

(cf. 5117.1 - Interdistrict Agreements)

(cf. 5117.2 - Alternative Interdistrict Attendance Program)

Parents/guardians are responsible for their children while walking or riding in or on vehicles other than school buses between home and school or between home and boarding on disembarking the bus at a designated bus stop.

(cf. 1112 - Media Relations)

Transportation Services

With the Board of Trustees' authorization, transportation services may be provided or arranged by the district for:

1. Students traveling to and from school during the regular school day (Education Code 39800)

2. Field trips and excursions (Education Code 35330)

(cf. 3541.1 - Transportation for School-Related Trips)

3. School activities, expositions or fairs, or other activities determined to be for the benefit of students (Education Code 39860)

4. District employees and parents/guardians traveling to and from educational activities authorized by the district (Education Code 39837.5)

5. Students traveling to full-time occupational classes provided by a Regional Occupational Program or Center (Education Code 39807.5, 41850)

6. Students traveling to and from their places of employment during the summer in connection with a summer employment program for youth (Education Code 39837)

7. Matriculated or enrolled adults traveling to and from school, or adults for educational purposes other than to and from school (Education Code 39801.5)

8. Nonschool purposes as allowed by law such as transportation of government employees to and from their places of employment (Education Code 39840)

The district shall provide home-to-school transportation and additional transportation services as needed for students with disabilities as specified in their individualized education programs. (Education Code 41850; 20 USC 1400-1482; 34 CFR 104.4)

(cf. 3541.2 - Transportation for Students with Disabilities)

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall provide transportation to homeless children in accordance with law, Board policy and administrative regulation.

(cf. 6173 - Education for Homeless Children)

Legal Reference:


10900.5 Use of school buses for community recreation

35330 Excursions and field trips

35350 Authority to transport pupils

39800-39809.5 Transportation, general provisions, especially:

39800 Powers of governing board to provide transportation to and from school

39801.5 Transportation for adults

39808 Transportation for private school students

39830-39842 School buses, especially:

39835 Use of school buses for community recreation

39837 Transportation to summer employment program

39837.5 Transportation of employees and parents/guardians to school activities

39860 Transportation to school activities

41850-41856 Allowances for transportation

41860-41863 Supplementary allowances for transportation


15240-15244 Allowances for student transportation


1400-1482 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act


11432 McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act


104.4 Equal opportunity under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504

Management Resources:


California Department of Education, Office of School Transportation:

Pupil Transportation Safety Institute:


approved: November 17, 2008 Chula Vista, California

revised: March 12, 2012