for student transportation shall be based on the participation of the local
boards of education in the funding survey process by making essential data
available to the Department which reflects providing student transportation
services, using to the extent possible, the following criteria.
(i) Buses shall be routed as uniformly as
practical, planned and operated with minimum bus mileage, avoid traveling empty
and making excessive bus stops, and designed without excess spur routes. Every
effort shall be made to avoid routing buses across railroads and expressways,
unless the crossings are protected by proper traffic signals.
(ii) Bus routes shall, to the extent
possible, be designed so as to use all required buses for a minimum of one and
one-half hours each morning.
The standard walking distance to trunk bus routes shall not be more than
one-half mile. In addition to the standard walking distance, walk route
conditions, road conditions and satisfactory turnaround places shall be
considered in planning spur routes.
(iv) School bus stops shall not be closer
than one-tenth mile.
(v) The number
of students living within one and one-half miles of their assigned school shall
be included in the data submitted to the Department although it will not be
used for the allotment of state funds.
(vi) The first morning trip of a bus shall
begin where the first student is picked up and end at the school to which the
students are delivered. The second trip shall begin at the school where the
first load was delivered and end at the school where the second load is
delivered. Additional trips shall be measured in like manner.
(vii) Bus routes shall end in the morning at
the school where the last load is delivered.
Special Education, State Schools and
Transportation for Physically Disabled Students.
(i) Routing designs shall be as uniform and
practical as possible with consideration given to efficiency and necessary
services required by the special needs student. The routing of school buses
shall be planned and operated with minimum bus mileage, utilizing, when
possible, multisystem student assignments for buses servicing state
(ii) The first morning
trip of a bus shall begin where the first student is picked up and end at the
school where the students are delivered. The second trip shall begin at the
school where the first load was delivered and end at the school where the
second load is delivered. Additional trips shall be measured in like
(iii) Bus routes shall end
in the morning at the school where the last load is delivered.
(iv) School systems shall ensure that student
transportation to and from state-operated schools is provided. School systems
are responsible for transporting students at the beginning and end of the
school term and for school holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and
Vocational Education Transportation.
Routing for vocational education shall be school-to-school on the safest and
most direct route. A minimum of 10 high school students shall be transported to
a vocational program to earn transportation funds.
(ii) Local school systems shall annually
provide to the Department the information necessary to determine vocational