POLICY MANUAL

Bus Drivers - Policy P5-53.2

A. Qualifications
All bus drivers shall meet the requirements of the State of Virginia and the Lynchburg City School Board.

B. Duties and Responsibilities
The administration shall define the responsibilities of each bus driver and be assured that such driver fully understands his/her obligations and responsibilities.

Legal Reference:

Code of Va., § 22.1-178. Requirements for persons employed to drive school bus.
A. No school board shall hire, employ, or enter into any agreement with any person for the purposes of operating a school bus transporting pupils unless the person proposed to so operate such school bus shall:

1. Have a physical examination of a scope prescribed by the Board of Education with the advice of the Medical Society of Virginia and furnish a form prescribed by the Board of Education showing the results of such examination.

2. Furnish a statement or copy of records from the Department of Motor Vehicles showing that the records of such Department do not disclose that the person, within the preceding five years, has been convicted upon a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, convicted of a felony or assigned to any alcohol safety action program or driver alcohol rehabilitation program pursuant to §18.2 -271.1 or, within the preceding twelve months, has been convicted of two or more moving traffic violations or required to attend a driver improvement clinic by the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles pursuant to §46.2-498.

3. Furnish a statement signed by two reputable residents of the school division that the person is of good moral character.

4. Exhibit a license showing the person has successfully undertaken the examination prescribed by §46.2-339.

5. Have reached the age of eighteen on the first day of the school year.

B. Any school board may require successful completion of the American National Red Cross first-aid course or its equivalent as a condition to employment to operate a school bus transporting pupils.

C. School boards may require persons accepting employment after July 1, 1994, as a driver of a school bus transporting pupils to agree, as a condition of employment, to submit to alcohol and controlled substance testing. Any such tests shall be conducted in compliance with Board of Education regulations.

D. The documents required pursuant to subdivisions A 1 and A 2 of this section shall be furnished annually prior to the anniversary date of the employment agreement as a condition to continuing employment to operate a school bus.

E. The documents required pursuant to this section shall be filed with, and made a part of, the records of the school board employing such person as a school bus operator.

F. The State Department of Education shall furnish to the several division superintendents the necessary forms to be used by applicants in furnishing the information required by this section. Insofar as practicable, such forms shall be designed to limit paperwork, avoid the possibility of mistake, and furnish all parties involved with a complete and accurate record of the information required.

Code of Va §46.2-340. Information concerning school bus drivers and driver education instructors. " A. At the beginning of each school year, and whenever changes need to be made, each local school division shall furnish to the Department of Motor Vehicles the name, driver's license number, and commercial driver's license number of all persons driving school buses for that school division. Whenever any commercial driver's license with a school bus driver's endorsement is suspended or revoked, or the holder of a driver's license with a school bus driver's endorsement or commercial driver's license with a school bus driver's endorsement is convicted in any court of reckless driving or driving while intoxicated, the Department shall notify the affected local school division o f the name and driver's license number or commercial driver's license number of the driver involved.

B. At the beginning of each school year, and whenever changes need to be made, each local school division and private school providing a driver education program approved by the Department of Education shall furnish to the Department of Motor Vehicles the name and driver's license number of all persons providing instruction in driver education for that school division or private school. Whenever a driver's license of a person providing such instruction is suspended or revoked, or such person is convicted in any court of reckless driving or driving while intoxicated, the Department shall notify the affected local school division or private school of the name and driver's license number of the driver involved.

If the driving record of such driver education instructor accumulates more than six demerit points based on convictions occurring in any calendar year, the Department shall notify the relevant local school division or private school of the name and driver's license number of the driver. Safe driving points shall not be used to reduce the six demerit points. No driver education program in a public school division or a private school shall retain its approval by the Department of Education unless such a person who has accumulated such six demerit points is removed from providing behind-the-wheel driver education instruction in the private school or public school division for a period of twenty-four months.

C. The provisions of the Privacy Protection Act of 1976 (Chapter 26 of Title 2.1, § 2.1-377 et seq.) shall not apply to the exchange of information under this section."

The provisions of the Privacy Protection Act of 1976 (Chapter 26 of Title 2.1, §2.1-377 et seq.) shall not apply to the exchange of information under this section.

Virginia Board of Education Regulations, "Governing Pupil Transportation." (January, 1991)

U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of the Secretary, Final Rule, "Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs," Federal Register/Vol.59, No. 160, August 19, 1994.

Adopted by School Board: June 5, 1973

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