Generally, transporting students for school purposes is done in a vehicle owned by the district and driven by a licensed school bus driver.
In case of emergency or special circumstances, students may be transported in private vehicles for school purposes. It is within the discretion of the superintendent [or designee] to determine when this is appropriate.
Individuals transporting students for school purposes in private vehicles must have the permission of the superintendent [or designee] and meet all applicable requirements set by the district. Private vehicles will be used only when:
- The driver possesses a valid driver’s license;
- The vehicle is in good condition and meets all applicable safety requirements;
- Vehicles used for private transportation must have enough passenger restraints to accommodate the number of passengers being transported;
- Proof of insurance has been supplied to the superintendent [or designee] and the insurance satisfies the minimum coverage requirements for driving personal vehicles in the state of Iowa; and
- When the parents/guardians of the students to be transported have given written permission to the superintendent [or designee].
The school district assumes no responsibility for those students who have not received the approval of the superintendent [or designee] and who ride in private vehicles for school purposes. If transportation is not provided by the school district, or if transportation provided by the school district is declined by the student or parent/guardian, then the responsibility and corresponding liability for transportation for school purposes shall rest solely with the student and/or parent/guardian.
This policy statement applies to transportation of students for school purposes in addition to transporting students to and from their designated attendance centers. The superintendent may develop an administrative policy to implement this policy.
Reviewed: 3/13; 4/14; 6/15; 7/19
Related Policy (Code#): 1005.6-E
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 279.8; 285; 421; 281 IAC 43
IASB Reference: 1005.6