Student Transportation Department: The Bus Stops Here

Explanation: Traditionally, student transportation departments in the U.S. have focused primarily on issues related to school buses and motor vehicles, such as school bus scheduling and management, as well as bus and vehicle safety, parking, traffic flow, and convenience. Bicycling, walking, and other forms of active transportation have commonly been overlooked. This policy aims to ensure that the student transportation department expands its focus to include active transportation and Safe Routes to School planning as critical elements of getting all students to and from school safely. 

Option 1: The role of the District Transportation Department [and/or insert appropriate job title] shall include, among other things:

  1. Encouraging active transportation to and from school;
  2. Decreasing the number of personal motor vehicles on or near campus that drop-off and pick-up students;
  3. Managing school bus pick-up and drop-off systems to minimize conflicts between buses, personal motor vehicles, and those engaged in active transportation;
  4. Identifying and pursuing funding for Safe Routes to School programs and infrastructure improvements, particularly for hazards or areas where infrastructure could improve safety for active transportation to school; and
  5. Actively participating in the Safe Routes to School District Task Force.

This Policy shall be incorporated into District’s [Transportation Policies]

Rating: 
2

Option 2: The role of the District Transportation Department [and/or insert appropriate job title] shall include, among other things:

  1. Encouraging active transportation to and from school;
  2. Decreasing the number of personal motor vehicles on or near campus that drop-off and pick-up students;
  3. Managing school bus pick-up and drop-off systems to minimize conflicts between buses, personal motor vehicles, and those engaged in active transportation;
  4. Identifying and pursuing funding for Safe Routes to School programs and infrastructure improvements, particularly for hazards or areas where infrastructure could improve safety for active transportation to school; and
  5. Actively participating in the Safe Routes to School District Task Force.
 
This Policy shall be incorporated into District’s [Transportation Policies]
 
The District Transportation Department [and/or insert appropriate job title] shall act as a liaison between the Superintendent, District Task Force, School Teams, and your jurisdiction's agencies responsible for traffic conditions and hazards, street infrastructure and design, and enforcement, such as the your jurisdiction's transportation department, public safety department, etc. 
 
Rating: 
2

Option 3: The role of the District Transportation Department [and/or insert appropriate job title] shall include, among other things:

  1. Encouraging active transportation to and from school;
  2. Decreasing the number of personal motor vehicles on or near campus that drop-off and pick-up students;
  3. Managing school bus pick-up and drop-off systems to minimize conflicts between buses, personal motor vehicles, and those engaged in active transportation;
  4. Identifying and pursuing funding for Safe Routes to School programs and infrastructure improvements, particularly for hazards or areas where infrastructure could improve safety for active transportation to school; and
  5. Actively participating in the Safe Routes to School District Task Force.

This Policy shall be incorporated into District’s [Transportation Policies]

The District Transportation Department [and/or insert appropriate job title] shall act as a liaison between the Superintendent, District Task Force, School Teams, and your jurisdiction's agencies responsible for traffic conditions and hazards, street infrastructure and design, and enforcement, such as the your jurisdiction's transportation department, public safety department, etc. 

Conducting the responsibilities laid out in this policy shall constitute at least [X] percent of [insert appropriate job title] job responsibilities.

 
Rating: 
2

Do not include this element in my policy.

Legal Note:  If there is concern that changing the roles of the transportation director or other individuals may implicate collective bargaining or other employment law issues, you may want to consult with your legal counsel to ensure that such concerns are adequately addressed.

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Each policy is eligible for a given number of stars, depending upon how much the policy contributes to creating a safe and encouraging atmosphere for children to walk and bicycle to school. Some policies are only eligible for one star, others for two stars, and others for three stars. For some policies, selecting a stronger option may provide additional stars.


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