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Transportation 100 STUDENT TRANSPORTATION
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Transportation 100 STUDENT TRANSPORTATION                       

 

 

Eligibility Requirements for Transportation

 

In accordance with New Hampshire law, the Manchester School District shall provide school bus service to public school students in grades K through 12 who live more than 1.4* miles from the school to which they are assigned.  

 

Exceptions to the 1.4-mile requirement may be made in the cases of students with physical, emotional, or intellectual disabilities covered by applicable state and federal laws and regulations.  In addition, the District may provide transportation in areas where a safety hazard has been determined by the Superintendent or his/her designee.

 

Students attending grades K through 12 in approved private schools shall be entitled to the same transportation privileges as those extended to public school students.

 

Exceptions

 

The Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee shall have the authority to grant exceptions to this policy on a case-by-case basis provided there is no resulting change to a bus route or bus stop and can be accomplished with no additional cost to the District.

 

 

*NHRSA 189:6 allows districts to refuse to transport students who live up to 2 miles from school.

 

General Operating Policy

 

 

Safety Program

 

 

Driver Responsibilities

 

 

Rules of Conduct and Sanctions for Violations

 

The Manchester School District shall be fully-responsible for the safety, welfare, conduct, and control of students during the period of transportation.

 

Level I

 

Level I offenses include minor misbehavior on the part of the student which impedes orderly school bus operations. These misbehaviors can usually be handled by school bus personnel, but sometimes require the intervention of the school administrator.

 

A. Examples (not limited to)

 

B. Procedures

 

C. Disciplinary Options/Responses

 

Level II

 

Level II offenses include misbehavior whose frequency or seriousness tends to disrupt orderly school bus operations.  These infractions, which usually result from the continuation of Level I misbehaviors, require the intervention of personnel on the administrative level because the execution of Level I disciplinary options has failed to correct the situation.  Included in this level are misbehaviors which do not represent a direct threat to the health and safety of others, but whose consequences are serious enough to require corrective action on the part of administrative personnel.

 

A.  Examples (not limited to)

 

B.  Procedures

               

C.  Disciplinary Options/Response

 Level III

 

Level III offenses are acts directed against persons or that warrant immediate intervention.  These acts might be considered criminal, but most frequently can be addressed by the school disciplinary protocol.

 

A.  Examples (not limited to)

                           

B.  Procedures

 

C.  Disciplinary Options/Responses

 

Level IV

Offenses under Level IV may be subject to the reporting requirements of the Safe Schools Zone Act. Violations of the Safe School Zone Act carry a penalty of a one (1) year minimum expulsion.

                         

Level IV offenses are acts which result in violence on a person or property or which pose a direct threat to the safety of others on the school bus.  These acts are clearly criminal and are so serious that they always require administrative actions. These acts  shall result in the immediate removal of the student from school, the intervention of law enforcement authorities, and action by the Board of School Committee.  New Hampshire school authorities are obligated to report clearly established criminal offenses to law enforcement authorities.

Disciplinary action shall be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct, but may require a more serious sanction due to the serious nature of disciplinary infractions in the school bus environment.

 

A.  Examples (not limited to)

 

B. Procedures

 

C. Disciplinary Options/Responses

 

Pursuant to Manchester School District Policy (Transportation 101-Recording Devices on School Buses), Principals may utilize recordings of incidents on school buses to determine appropriate disciplinary action.

 

Revocation of Right to Ride

 

N.H.R.S.A. 189.9A- Pupils Prohibited For Disciplinary Reasons

 

“Notwithstanding the provisions of N.H.R.S.A. 189:6-8, the Superintendent, or his representative as designated in writing, is authorized to suspend the right of pupils from riding a school bus when said pupils fail to conform to the reasonable rules and regulations as may be promulgated by the School Board. Any suspension of bus privileges to continue beyond twenty (20) school days must be approved by the School Board.  Said suspensions shall not begin until the next school day following the day notification of suspension is sent to the pupil’s parent or legal guardian.

 

 

Students who violate established rules and regulations for proper conduct  shall be reported to the school administrator for proper disciplinary action.  In the event that a student’s bus privileges are suspended, notification in writing shall be sent to the parent to inform of the action and to state the reason and duration of the suspension.  In no case shall such action be taken prior to notification of the student and parent.

 

After School Program Transportation

 

The district may provide transportation to after school programs in accordance with the following guidelines:

 

High School Transportation

 

The Manchester School District provides buses for high school students in areas not covered by regular routes of the Manchester Transit Authority.  High school students may ride Manchester Transit Authority and School District buses by showing their high school identification card. There is no fee for either service. The aforementioned rules for student bus conduct apply on buses ridden by high school students. If the student fails to conform to these rules and regulations the District and the transportation company may revoke the student’s privilege to ride the bus.

 

*NHRSA 189:6 allows districts to refuse to transport students who live up to 2 miles from school.        

References:

NH RSA 189:6

NH RSA 186-A:2

Revised From  6/8/09, 2011; 4/29/13; 6/28/21                                                                                        

First Reading Policy Committee: June 16, 2021

Second Reading Finance Committee: August 11, 2021

Final Reading and Adoption BOSC:  August 23, 2021