Santa Clara 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.
(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, contract 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.
(cf. 3530 - Risk Management/Insurance)
When district transportation is provided, students may be released from using district transportation only with the advance written permission of their parents/guardians.
School-related organizations requesting transportation shall be fully responsible for the costs of their trips unless funding has been approved by the Governing Board.
(cf. 1230 - School-Connected Organizations)
Transportation by Private Vehicle
The Superintendent or designee may authorize the transportation of students by private vehicle when the vehicle is driven by an adult age 21 or older who possesses a valid California driver's license or, if he/she is a nonresident on active military duty in California, possesses a valid license from his/her state of residence. To be approved, a driver shall have a good driving record and possess at least the minimum insurance required by the district. Any person providing transportation to district students in a private vehicle shall register with the district for such purposes.
(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)
Drivers shall receive safety and emergency instructions which shall be kept in their vehicle.
All student passengers shall submit permission slips signed by their parents/guardians. Teachers shall ensure that each driver has a copy of the permission slip for each student riding in his/her vehicle.
The number of passengers, including the driver, shall not exceed the capacity for which the vehicle was designed. Trucks may not transport more persons than can safely sit in the passenger compartment. The driver shall ensure that the manufacturer's recommendations for his/her vehicle are followed regarding the seating of children in seats equipped with airbags.
The driver or any other person shall not smoke or have in his/her immediate possession a lighted pipe, cigar, or cigarette containing tobacco or any other plant when there is a minor in the motor vehicle, whether the motor vehicle is in motion or at rest. (Health and Safety Code 118948)
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
118947-118949 Prohibition against smoking in motor vehicle with minor
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
27360-27360.5 Child passenger restraint systems
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 SANTA CLARA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
approved: July 11, 2013 Santa Clara, California