• Transportation Safety Plan

     

    CORONA-NORCO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

    TRANSPORTATION SAFETY PLAN

    REVISED NOVEMBER 1, 2011

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    Pursuant to California Vehicle Code Section 39831.3 (attached as Appendix A), the District has adopted this Transportation Safety Plan.

     

    A copy of this plan must be retainedat every school, and made available to any officer of the California Highway Patrol. 

     

     

    REQUIRED ELEMENTS

     

    1.     Determining if students require escort pursuant to paragraph (3)(c) of Section 22112 of the Vehicle Code (attached as Appendix B):

     

    a.     Students eligible for transportation will be identified by the Transportation Department by (1) issuing a School Bus Pass; (2) providing the school bus driver a Student Report for that student; or(3) annotating the Driver Directions for the run that transports the student. 

     

    b.    Each school bus stop description will include a distinctive suffix indicating whether or not drivers are authorized to escort students assigned to that stop, as follows:                     i.    The suffix “*” indicates students may be escorted;                   ii.    The suffix “#” indicates students may not be escorted;                  iii.    The suffix “@” indicates the stop is located near an official traffic control signal.

     

    c.     Prior to opening the entry door ateach stop, schoolbus drivers will determine which students are required to cross the street upon which the bus is stopped.

     

    d.    In addition to the requirements of Vehicle Code Section 22112(3)(c), students in grades 9 through 12 will also be escorted.

     

    2.     Procedures for all students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to follow as they board and exit the appropriate schoolbus at each student's school bus stop:

     

    a.     Students eligible for transportation will be assigned by the Transportation Department to the nearest school bus stop that can be safely accessed, unless an exception has been requested by the parent/guardian, conforms to Board Policy, and has been approved by the Transportation Department.

     

    b.    Students must board and exit at their assigned stops.

     

    c.     Students must be at the stop, on the correct side of the street, before the school bus arrives.  Students must respect the privacy and property rights of home owners near the stop, and are subject to school discipline for their actions while at the stop, in accordance with Education Code Section 44807(attached as Appendix C).

     

    d.    Students who arrive late at the stop, on the opposite side of the street from the school bus, must not cross the street until they receive instruction from the school bus driver.

     

     

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    e.     Once the driver has completed loading, closed the entry door, and pulled away from the curb, he/she will not stop for students late to the stop.  Students must never run after a moving schoolbus.

     

    f.      Students are under the direct supervision of the school bus driver, as defined in the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 14103 (attached as Appendix D).

     

    g.    Kindergarten and special-education students will not be released from the bus unless:

     

                         i.    A parent or guardian is at the stop;

                       ii.    A responsible party designated by the parent or guardian is at the stop; or

                      iii.    The parent or guardian completes and signs a Release from Responsibility (CNUSDForm 506-52) stating the student may be released without supervision.

     

    h.    Students are expected to travel directly to/from their homes and the school bus stop.

     

    i.      Pursuant to Education Code Section 44808 (attached as Appendix F), the District is not responsible or liable for the conduct or safety of students during the time they are not on the schoolbus.

     

    3.     Procedures for boarding and exiting a schoolbus at a school or other trip destination:

     

    a.     At schools or other trip destinations, students are expected to observe the same standards of conduct as in a classroom. 

     

    b.    At the stop, students should form an orderly line no closer than twelve feet from the entry door of the schoolbus, wait for the driver’s instructions, board without delay, and take seats as directed by the driver.

     

    c.     Students must be prepared to display their School Bus Passes when requested by the school bus driver. 

     

    d.    When exiting, students should wait for the driver’s instructions and exit in an orderly manner.

     

     

     

     

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    TRANSPORTATION SAFETY PLAN

    REVISED NOVEMBER 1, 2011

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    APPENDIX A

    California Vehicle Code Section 39831.3. 

     

    (a)   The county superintendent of schools, the superintendent of a school district, or the owner or operator of a private school that provides transportation to or from a school or school activity shall prepare a transportation safety plan containing procedures for school personnel to follow to ensure the safe transport of students. The plan shall be revised as required. The plan shall address all of the following:

     

    (1)        Determining if students require escort pursuant to paragraph (3) of subdivision (c) of Section22112 of the Vehicle Code.

     

    (2)(A) Procedures for all studentsin pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1 to 8, inclusive, to follow as they board and exit the appropriate school bus at each student's school bus stop.

     

    (2)(B)   Nothing in this paragraph requires a county superintendent of schools, the superintendent of a school district, or the owner or operator of a private school that provides transportation to or from a school or school activity, to use the services of an onboard school bus monitor, in addition to the driver, to carry out the purposes of this paragraph.

     

    (2)        Boarding and exiting a schoolbus at a school or other trip destination.

     

     (b) A current copy of a plan prepared pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be retained by each school subject to the plan and made available upon request to an officer of the Department of the CaliforniaHighway Patrol.

     

     APPENDIX B California Vehicle Code Section 22112    (a) On approach to a school bus stop where students are loading or unloading from a school bus, the school bus driver shall activate an approved amber warning light system, if the schoolbus is so equipped, beginning 200 feet before the school bus stop. The school bus driver shall deactivate the amber warning light system after reaching the school bus stop. The school bus driver shall operate the flashing red light signal system and stop signal arm, as required on the school bus, at all times when the school bus is stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading students. The flashing red light signal system, amber warning lights system, and stop signal arm shall not be operated at any place where traffic is controlled by a traffic officer or at any location identified in subdivision (e) of this section. The schoolbus flashing red light signal system, amberwarning lights system, and stop signal arm shall not be operated at any other time.   (b) The school bus driver shall stop to load or unload students only at a schoolbus stop designated for students by the school district superintendent or authorized by the superintendent for school activity trips.   (c) When a schoolbus is stopped on a highway or private road for the purpose of loading or unloading students, at a location where traffic is not controlled by a traffic officer, the driver shall,before opening the door, ensure that the flashing red light signal system and stop signal arm are activated, and that it is safe to enter or exit the schoolbus. 

     

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     APPENDIX B California Vehicle Code Section 22112continued  (d) When a schoolbus is stopped on a highway or private road for the purpose of loading or unloading students, at a location where traffic is not controlled by a traffic officer or official trafficcontrol signal, the schoolbus driver shall do all of the following:   (1) Escort all students in prekindergarten, kindergarten, or any of grades 1 to 8, inclusive, who need to cross the highway or private road upon which the schoolbus is stopped. The driver shall use an approved hand-held "STOP" sign while escorting all students.   (2) Require all students who need to cross the highway or private road upon which the schoolbus is stopped to walk in front of the bus as they cross.   (3) Ensure that all students who need to cross the highway or private road upon which the schoolbus is stopped have crossed safely, and that all other students and pedestrians are a safe distance from the schoolbus before setting the schoolbus in motion.   (e) Except at a location where students are loading or unloading from a schoolbus and must cross a highway or private road upon which the schoolbus is stopped, the schoolbus driver may not activate the amber warning light system, the flashing red light signal system and stop signal arm at any of the following locations:   (1) Schoolbus loading zones on or adjacent to school grounds or during an activity trip, if the schoolbus is lawfully stopped or parked.   (2) Where the schoolbus is disabled due to mechanical breakdown. The driver of a relief bus that arrives at the scene to transport students from the disabled schoolbus shall not activate the amber warning light system, the flashing red light system, and stop signal arm.   (3) Where a student requires physical assistance from the driver or authorized attendant to board or leave the schoolbus and providing the assistance extends the length of time the schoolbus is stopped beyond the time required to load or unload a student that does not require physical assistance.   (4) Where the roadway surface on which the bus is stopped is partially or completely covered by snow or ice and requiring traffic to stop would pose a safety hazard as determined by the schoolbus motor carrier.   (5) On a state highway with a posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour or higher where the schoolbus is completely off the main traveled portion of the highway.   (6) Any location determined by a school district, with the approval of the Department of the California Highway Patrol, to present a traffic or safety hazard.   (f) Notwithstanding subdivisions (a) to (d), inclusive, the Department of the California Highway Patrol may require the activation of an approved flashing amber warning light system, if theschoolbus is so equipped, or the flashing red light signal system and stop signal arm, as required on the schoolbus, at any location where the department determines that the activation is necessary for the safety of school students loading or unloading from a schoolbus.

     

     

     

     

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    APPENDIX C

    California Education Code Section 44807     Every teacher in the public schools shall hold students to a strict account for their conduct on the way to and from school, on the playgrounds, or during recess.  A teacher, vice principal, principal, or any other certificated employee of a school district, shall not be subject to criminal prosecution or criminal penalties for the exercise, during the performance of his duties, of the same degree of physical control over a student that a parent would be legally privileged to exercise but which in no event shall exceed the amount of physical control reasonably necessary to maintain order, protect property, or protect the health and safety of students, or to maintain proper and appropriate conditions conducive to learning. The provisions of this section are in addition to and do not supersede the provisions of Section 49000.

     

     

    APPENDIX D

    California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 14103

     

      Students transported in a school bus shall be under the authority of and responsible directly to the driver of the bus, and the driver shall be held responsible for the orderly conduct of the students while they are on the bus or being escorted across a street, highway, orroad.  Continued disorderly conduct orpersistent refusal to submit to the authority of the driver shall be sufficientreason for a student to be denied transportation in accordance with regulationsof the Governing Board of the District.

     

     

    APPENDIX E

    California Education Code Section 44808    Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, no school district, city or county board of education, county superintendent of schools, or any officer or employee of such district or board shall be responsible or in any way liable for the conduct or safety of any student of the public schools at any time when such student is not on school property, unless such district, board, or person has undertaken to provide transportation for such student to and from the school premises, has undertaken a school-sponsored activity off the premises of such school, has otherwise specifically assumed such responsibility or liability or has failed to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances.    In the event of such a specific undertaking, the district, board, or person shall be liable or responsible for the conduct or safety of any student only while such student is or should be under the immediate and direct supervision of an employee of such district or board.