E - Part 3 - Operations (Property and Transportation) - Transportation

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION) PART 3: TRANSPORTATION

EM - Student Transportation Services - Management

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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STUDENT TRANSPORTATION SERVICES - MANAGEMENT

It is a goal of the Portage la Prairie School Division to provide a safe and efficient student transportation system for the curricular and extra-curricular programs of the School Division.

The management of the transportation services shall be the responsibility of the Supervisor of Operations. Reports will be presented periodically to the Board by the Supervisor.

The Supervisor is empowered by the Board to interview and recommend personnel for this area of responsibility to the Superintendent, and to attend to the acquisition and maintenance of equipment as governed by the Board and the Budget.

The student transportation system shall operate in accordance with the requirements of the Public Schools Act, the Province of Manitoba Highway Traffic Act, and the policies and regulations of the Portage la Prairie School Division.

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EN - Traffic and Parking Controls

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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TRAFFIC AND PARKING CONTROLS

Traffic routes and parking areas on school property shall be designated by the School Principal in consultation with the Supervisor of Operations and appropriate advisory groups.

Vehicular traffic on school property is restricted to areas constructed for this purpose, unless authorization otherwise is received from the School Principal.

Vehicular traffic includes all motor driven vehicles, including snowmobiles and motorcycles.

The maximum speed limit on school property shall be 8 kilometers per hour.

To promote smooth flow of traffic and ensure student safety, these traffic routes and parking areas should be clearly marked if their boundaries are not already obvious.

See also: DN

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EO - Student Transportation Services

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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STUDENT TRANSPORTATION - SERVICES

Transportation services furnished by the Division are a privilege to the students of the Division. See also: EPD

Non-resident students who have been accepted by the Portage la Prairie School Division (School of Choice) may be provided with transportation. See also: JBA, EOE

Transportation of students to and from school shall be provided as follows:

twice daily for all students of the Portage la Prairie School Division residing outside the limits of the City of Portage la Prairie.

    1. Rural Kindergarten students are eligible for transportation on either the morning or afternoon run, whichever may be applicable, or on both morning and afternoon runs if the student is enrolled in an all-day program.
    2. Rural students may be required to walk or transport themselves to the designated bus-stop location which may be up to .08 kilometers from property of the parent or guardian.
    3. As required for handicapped students for whom transportation has been approved by the Superintendent. Application for the transportation of handicapped students must be submitted to the Superintendent on the prescribed form. See EO-E

Junior High School students who are required to attend another school for Home Economics and Industrial Arts programs shall have transportation provided for such authorized programs.

Transportation will be provided for educational field trips and for participants in athletic or other school-affiliated events to the limit of the annual budget provided by the Board for this purpose.

Additional curricular and extra-curricular transportation may be provided subject to the availability of vehicles and drivers. Such additional transportation shall be paid for by school or student fees.

All curricular and extra-curricular transportation shall be recorded on the prescribed form by the Principal and approved by the Supervisor of Operations.

Transportation may be provided to students registered in the Portage la Prairie School Division who are attending classes at other locations approved by the School Division.

Application for such transportation shall be made in writing and directed to the Superintendent’s Department.

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EO-E Special Transportation Request.pdf

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EOA - School Bus Operating Regulations - General

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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SCHOOL BUS OPERATING REGULATIONS - GENERAL

Maximum Speed Limits

Maximum speed limits have been established as follows:

On side roads and gravelled highways: 80km per hour
In town, restricted areas, and paved highways: as posted

Safety Belts

Bus Drivers will fasten their safety belts at all times.

Assigned Seating

The Bus Driver shall assign a seat to each passenger. This seat will remain his or her seat until otherwise advised by the Driver.

Headlights

Bus Drivers will drive with headlights on at all times.

Authority of School Principal

Bus Drivers will recognize the complete authority of the School Principal or his appointee in the matter of loading students in the designated loading and unloading areas.

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EOB - Bus Driver Overtime Exemption and Extra-Curricular Activities Travel

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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BUS DRIVER OVERTIME EXEMPTION AND

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES TRAVEL

Provincial legislation allows the Portage la Prairie School Division and CUPE Local 2085 to enter into an agreement regarding the exemption of overtime.

The utilization of the overtime exemption allows the Division to allocate the extra- curricular driving time to Bus Drivers according to the plan outlined in EOB-R.

It is mutually understood between the Portage la Prairie School Division and CUPE that:

  1. The only hours that are exempt from overtime are those accumulated as a result of regular route-driving time and extra-curricular driving time.
  2. Driving hours accumulated as a result of an emergency or unusual situations are not exempt.
  3. Driving time referred to in #1 will be paid at the regular rate for all hours, including hours in excess of eight (8) hours per day and hours in excess of forty (40) hours per week.

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EOB-E - Bus Driver Overtime Exemption and Extra-Curricular Activities Travel

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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Guidelines for the assignment and payment of Bus Drivers

It is the goal of the Portage la Prairie School Division to provide Drivers and vehicles for the extra-curricular activities of its students at the most reasonable cost possible, while at the same time ensuring fair remuneration for the Bus Drivers concerned.

The following guidelines will be used to ensure fairness both in the payment of the Drivers and in the assigning of the extra runs.

1. Drivers (regular and spare) wishing to take extra-curricular runs during the school term must sign a notice of intention at the beginning of each school year.

2. Extra-curricular runs will be assigned by the Supervisor of Operations or his delegate. Regular drivers will be given first priority when extra-curricular runs are assigned, providing the extra-curricular run does not conflict with regular runs and does not put the regular driver in an overtime position. Spare drivers will be assigned in those cases.

3. Regular drivers may take a non-reoccurring extra-curricular run that is longer than their daily regular bus run, provided that a spare driver is available to take their regular run and that drivers are deducted their regular run wages for that day. 

4. Overtime shall be paid for a bus assignment in excess of eight (8) hours per day as per the Employment Standards Code.  Overtime shall be authorized by management in extraordinary circumstances such as a bus break down, delays due to storm conditions, extra-long trips, etc.  Overtime shall be paid at 1.5 times the regular extra-curricular hourly rate.

5. When an extra-curricular transportation request is received from the school, the driver will be selected and the original transportation record will be placed in his/her route slot. Upon completion of the trip the mileage from the compound back to the compound will be recorded as well as the compound return time. This will be signed by the Teacher or parent supervising the trip. Payment will be calculated from the time of pick-to the return time to the bus compound, having parked, and if necessary, cleaned the vehicle.   Fifteen (15) minutes will be added to the trip time to ensure the driver has sufficient time for the proper daily inspection.

6. The above method of payment of fifteen (15) minutes will not apply when the extra-curricular run commences within one hour after the driver’s morning run and/or ends one hour prior to the start of the driver’s afternoon run as the Daily Inspection will have been performed in accordance with the regular bus run. In those cases the actual run time would apply.

7. Drivers who live outside of Portage and keep their buses at home will be expected to provide their own means of transportation to and from the compound for extra-curricular runs, unless they are specifically requested to use their buses or unless the run to Portage can be done in conjunction with their regular run, thus not incurring any dead head miles.

8. Some co-curricular runs are done over an extended time (Shops/Hockey Academy, B-Block, etc.).  These co-curricular runs will be posted and will be awarded equally among those who qualify. Drivers who do not sign up for extra-curricular runs may still sign up for co-curricular runs.

9. Because overnight runs occur infrequently, each eligible bus driver will be given an opportunity to express his/her interest. The successful driver will be drawn by lot. This driver would, then, not be eligible for any future overnight runs during that school year.

The method of payment for overnight runs will be as follows:
1. Actual driving time at the current pay scale.
2. Waiting time at minimum wage (set by Manitoba Department of Labour).
3. Ten (10) hours of rest time each twenty four (24) hours at no cost.
4. In the case of a part day, either the total of 1, 2, and 3, or eight (8) hours at
                  the driver’s rate, whichever amount is greater.
5. Actual cost of accommodation.
6. Meal allowance will be paid as per current Division guidelines (receipts
                  required).

Extra-curricular Transportation Rates:

Extra-curricular transportation rates for Division-owned school buses shall be established by the Board. Rates shall be based upon kilometers travelled, exclusive of the driver’s time. Generally, rates will be established to coincide with the start of the fiscal year.

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EOC - Payment in Lieu of Transportation

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TRANSPORTATION

In the event that a student resides in a location that, in the opinion of the Board, is not accessible by a school bus, or because of other extenuating circumstances, the Division may reimburse the parents in lieu of providing transportation.

The rate of payment shall be as determined by the Board of Trustees. Payments in lieu of transportation shall be made once a month.

Parents authorized to receive payments in lieu of transportation shall be required to complete the prescribed form. [PSA 43(2) - 43(6)]

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EOD - School Bus Loading and Unloading

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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SCHOOL BUS LOADING AND UNLOADING

The Bus Driver shall, together with the Principal, be responsible to ensure that loading and unloading will proceed in an orderly fashion. The bus rules as outlined in the Manitoba Education Citizenship and Youth Driver’s Handbook (current edition), shall be observed.

Loading

Drivers shall descend from their buses and not permit loading to commence until the students are prepared to enter the bus in an orderly manner. The Driver shall then assume a position at the entrance of the bus where he/she can properly supervise the loading process. The driver may discontinue loading at any time that the behavior of students in or out of the bus becomes disorderly, and not proceed until order is restored.

Unloading

The Bus Driver shall be responsible to ensure that unloading shall proceed in an orderly fashion. The driver may remain in the bus during unloading, but shall step down after all students have left the bus to ensure that the danger zone is clear.

Yellowquill School

Drivers unloading at this school please note:

Because of the large number of transported students, a fence has been installed at Yellowquill School for the purpose of keeping students off the bus loop.

The Driver shall descend from the bus and when he/she is satisfied that students are prepared to enter the bus in an orderly manner, he/she shall permit loading to commence. The Driver shall then assume a position at the entrance of the bus where he/she can properly supervise the loading process. As in other locations, the Driver may discontinue loading at any time that the behavior of students in or out of the bus becomes disorderly, and not proceed until order is restored.

Before departing, the Driver shall ensure that the danger zone is clear.

The School Principal or the supervising Teacher may be called upon for assistance if a situation becomes unmanageable.

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EOE - Regular Bus Routes - Boundary Limitation

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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REGULAR BUS ROUTES - BOUNDARY LIMITATION

The development of regular school bus routes for the transportation of students to and from school shall be scheduled so as to minimize the ride times for students who are residents of the Division, while maintaining the necessary degree of efficiency for individual routes as well as the transportation system.

Students from adjacent school divisions who are authorized to attend schools in the Division may be accepted as regular bus route passengers, subject to availability of space and satisfactory arrangements to meet the bus at a designated location on an existing bus route. Arrangements to accommodate non-resident students on a bus route will be dealt with on an individual basis. All arrangements to transport non-resident students are subject to annual review.

Arrangements for non-resident students to attend schools in the Division are handled by way of written application to the Superintendent of Schools.

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EOF - Guidelines for the Transportation of Students Residing Within the City Limits

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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GUIDELINES FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF

STUDENTS RESIDING WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS

The following students are eligible to be considered for School Division transportation:

  1. Students with a verified mental and/or physical handicap enrolled in a Special Education program, who reside outside the school area where the required program is offered.
  2. Students residing in unserviced (i.e. sewer and water) peripheral areas of the city.

All transportation of students within the city limits must receive the prior written approval of the Principal and Superintendent’s Department. Authorization for transportation will be based upon individual circumstances.

Where feasible, parents may be responsible for getting their children to/from a designated pick-up and drop-off location.

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EOG - Student Extra-Curricular Transportation

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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STUDENT EXTRA-CURRICULAR TRANSPORTATION

Extra-curricular transportation is requisitioned through the Principal and approved by the Supervisor of Operations. (See EOG-E). These requisitions become the records and reports for those trips.

The cost of such transportation will be charged against the school’s transportation budget.

Where a school is representing the Division in finals at the provincial level, the Board may be approached to pay for reasonable transportation and accommodation costs from Division funds.

See also: DQ

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EOG-E - Extra-Curricular Transportation Record.pdf

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EP - School Bus Safety Program

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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SCHOOL BUS SAFETY PROGRAMS

The Board provides support to programs which will increase safety on or near school buses.

The Board relies to a large degree on the Supervisor of Operations to bring bus transportation safety programs to the Board’s attention.

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EP-R - School Bus Ridership Training - Evacuation Drills

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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SCHOOL BUS RIDERSHIP TRAINING - EVACUATION DRILLS

The School Board, through the Supervisor of Operations and the Principals, shall ensure that at least twice in each school year each pupil is instructed in safe school bus riding practices and participates in emergency school bus evacuation drills. The drills shall be conducted at least once during the fall term and at least once during the spring term of each school year. The School Bus Ridership and Evacuation Drill report must be completed and forwarded to the Transportation Supervisor. (M.R. 465/88-17)

Procedures

  1. The Bus Driver shall be in charge of his/her vehicle at all times.
  2. The Teacher shall be in charge of the students at all times.
  3. Loading for drill purposes shall be from the front to the back.
  4. The Teacher shall remain on the bus until all students are evacuated and shall be prepared in the event of an injured Bus Driver to turn off the ignition and lights , remove keys, set the hand brake, locate and remove the first-aid kit, locate and remove the fire extinguishers, and be capable of using the fire extinguisher.
  5. Evacuation drills shall be via the front and back doors. Teachers shall, however, be familiar with the operation of the emergency windows.
  6. School bus patrols shall be trained by their respective Bus Drivers and stationed at front and rear doors.
  7. The School Principal or supervising Teacher may require the drill to be repeated if in his/her opinion the drill has not been conducted in a satisfactory manner.

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EP-E - School Bus Ridership - Evacuation Drill Report.pdf

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EPA - School Bus Maintenance

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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SCHOOL BUS MAINTENANCE

All buses will be maintained in a safe and efficient operating condition.

Manitoba Regulation 465/88 and School Division policies and regulations shall be used as the basis for the operation, inspection and reporting of activities relating to school buses. All employees having responsibilities associated with school buses are to be thoroughly familiar with P.P. 465/88 and relevant School Division policies.

All school buses display a completed and current school bus inspection certificate, based upon inspections by the school division mechanics.

Any school bus that does not meet the safety or mechanical standards of the School Division shall be withdrawn from service until deficiencies are corrected to the satisfaction of the Supervisor of Operations.

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EPB - School Bus Idling Procedures

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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SCHOOL BUS IDLING PROCEDURES

The School Division will make every effort to eliminate all unnecessary idling of school buses. Idling of school buses can cause the accumulation of exhaust fumes in and around the bus and may pose a health risk to both students and staff. Unnecessary idling of buses also wastes fuel.

Therefore, the following procedures are to be followed:

Procedures:

  1. When School Bus Drivers arrive at loading or unloading areas to drop-off or pick-up passengers, they shall turn off their buses as soon as possible to eliminate idling time and reduce harmful emissions. The school bus shall not be restarted until the students are ready to load and there is a clear path to exit the pick-up area. Exceptions include conditions that would compromise passenger safety, such as:
    1. extreme weather conditions, and,
    2. requirements of Special Needs students.
  1. At the school bus compound, idling time will be limited during early morning warm up to what is recommended by the manufacturer (generally 3-5 minutes) at all times except in extreme cold weather. In extreme cold weather, idling times may be up to 20 minutes.
  1. Buses shall not idle while waiting for students during field trips, extra-curricular activities or other events where students are transported off school grounds.
  2. In cold weather, schools shall provide a space inside the school where Bus Drivers who arrive early can wait.
  3. In cold weather, if the warmth of the bus is an issue, idling is to be kept to a minimum and occur outside the school zone. The "warmed" school bus is to enter the school zone as close to pick-up time as possible to maintain warmth. It is an expectation that the students will be ready to load upon the bus arrival.
  4. All Bus Drivers shall receive a copy of this policy at the beginning of every school year.

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EPC - Accidents or Emergencies Involving School Buses

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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ACCIDENTS OR EMERGENCIES INVOLVING SCHOOL BUSES

In the event of an accident or emergency, the Bus Driver’s primary concern MUST be, the safety of the children. Lives have been lost on numerous occasions in avoidable secondary accidents. The Bus Driver shall observe the following safety precautions.

Mechanical Breakdown

  1. While the vehicle is still moving make every effort to bring it to a stop off the traffic lane.
  2. Place your portable reflectors as required by the Highway Traffic Act.
  3. Unless there is a fire danger, keep passengers on the bus until help arrives. In cold weather make every effort to conserve heat.
  4. Get the message out that you need assistance, by radio, passersby or, as a last resort, send two senior students to the nearest telephone. Be sure to give your bus number and location, and number of students on board.

Accidents or Collision With Another Vehicle or Object

  1. Turn off the ignition.
  2. If possible apply parking brake firmly.
  3. Check passengers for injuries and, unless common sense dictates otherwise, keep passengers in the bus.
  1. If passengers must be unloaded for reasons of hazard, move them to a safe place and delegate bus patrols or older students to take charge.
  2. If it is necessary to remove injured passengers do so with extreme care using recommended first aid techniques.
  3. In the event of fire - attempt to extinguish if practical and feasible to do so.
  4. Get the message out that you need assistance, by radio, passerby or, as a last resort, send two senior students to the nearest telephone. Be sure to state bus number, location, whether there are injuries, number of students at the scene. Priority of notification:
    1. R.C.M.P.
    2. Board Office or Operations Department
  1. Collect initial information pertinent to accident using the bus accident check list below.
  2. All accidents, however minor, must be reported to the Board Office through the Supervisor of Operations or the Superintendent.
  3. All accidents where there are injuries or where total property damage exceeds $1000.00 must be reported to the R.C.M.P. immediately. A subsequent report is required within seven (7) days. (See EPC-E)

School Bus Accident Checklist

Where applicable, obtain the following information from the other party or parties involved:

Make of Vehicle _________________ Year _________ License No. ____________

Owner’s Full Name ___________________________________________________________

Driver’s Full Name ____________________________________________________________

Driver’s License Number _______________________________________________________

Time _______ Date _______________ Place of Accident _________________________

Name and addresses of as many witnesses as possible.

The Supervisor of Operations shall prepare all necessary reports promptly.

If there are any students on the bus at the time of the accident, the parents shall be contacted by the Supervisor of Operations or the Driver as soon as possible after the accident to ensure that they are fully informed on the details of the accident and to give an immediate report if their child/children suffer any injury directly resulting from the accident.

The Superintendent’s Department shall be responsible for responding to media inquiries.

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EPC-E - School Bus Accident Report Form.pdf

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EPD - Student Conduct on School Buses

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL BUSES

Acceptable student conduct on school buses is achieved through the cooperative efforts of Principals, Teachers, parents, Bus Drivers, and students.

In view of the fact that the school bus is an extension of the classroom, the Board shall require students to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards of classroom behavior. Students being transported on a school bus are under the supervision, direction and control of the school Bus Driver, Teacher or other supervisor and shall be subject to the discipline of the Bus Driver, Teacher, or supervisor.

As provided by the regulations of the Public Schools Act, the Principal of a school whose students are being transported in the school bus has disciplinary authority over the conduct of the students during the period in which they are in, entering, or alighting from a school bus. Where a student in a school bus persists in conduct detrimental or hazardous to the welfare of the passengers, such conduct shall be reported by the Bus Driver to the Principal of the school and to the Supervisor of Operations. [M.R. 468/88 - 33 (1)(2)] [M.R. 465/88 (13)]

All regulations of the Division such as those pertaining to smoking, etc. shall be applicable to buses and students while being transported by a school bus at the designated site of pickup.

The Principal shall take appropriate disciplinary action consistent with the requirements of the Public Schools Act, School Division policy and the practices of the school.

Students who become a serious disciplinary problem on the school bus may have their riding privileges suspended. Such suspension is under the authority of the School Principal in consultation with the Supervisor of Operations. All suspensions of riding privileges are to be immediately communicated, in writing, to the parent, Superintendent of Schools, and Board of Trustees stating the reason for, and duration of, the suspension. During the suspension of riding privileges the parents are responsible for transportation to and from school.

Appropriate student behavior on a school bus is vital to the safety of students being transported. The conduct of students on school buses shall be administered according to procedures which have been adopted by the Division to provide for the safety of transported students.

(See EPD-R)

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EPD-R - Student Conduct on School Buses

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL BUSES

  1. All students must be properly dressed for weather conditions and in complete readiness to board the bus when it arrives at each pick-up point.
  2. When boarding the bus, students shall immediately and in an orderly manner proceed to their seats as assigned by the bus driver. Students shall remain in those seats at all times unless permitted to move by the Driver.
  3. Noisy behavior will not be allowed on the bus.
  4. There shall be no tampering with doors or windows and no defacing of any part of the bus. No object may be thrown out of the bus. Passengers are not allowed to have a limb or any part of the body extending out of the bus.
  5. Students must not bother each other. There shall be no tussling or other unruly behavior.
  6. No student may leave the bus on the way to and from school except if written permission by the parent is handed to the Bus Driver.
  7. Students must be prepared to board the bus immediately after school.
  8. There shall be no smoking on the bus at any time.
  9. There shall be no eating or drinking on the bus, except on special occasions and only with the bus driver’s permission.
  10. Bus passengers are expected to, at all times, be courteous and considerate to each other and to the Driver.
  11. Any student not intending to ride on the bus either morning or evening must notify the Driver -preferably the night before.
  12. The Bus Driver is directed to report pupils breaking these rules to the School Principal, the results of which may be suspension from riding the bus.

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EPD-E - Bus Conduct Report.pdf

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EPE - Transportation of Carry-On Items

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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TRANSPORTATION OF CARRY-ON ITEMS

Necessary precautions must be taken to ensure the safety of passengers when items are carried on the bus. In order to insure consistency throughout the Division regarding the transportation of musical instruments and other articles, the following guidelines will apply.

Musical Instruments

Musical instruments will be allowed on the school buses providing they meet with the following criteria:

  1. They are properly enclosed in a case designated for their carriage or storage.
  2. They are compact enough to be controlled by the student on his/her knee, and do not protrude into the aisle-way at any time, and do not hamper the comfort of other passengers sharing the same seat.
  3. Students with instruments and school books must be prepared to store the books beneath the seat and should be alert to the need to place these in a plastic bag or some other protective covering during inclement weather.
  4. Students who regularly carry musical instruments to and from school can expect to be assigned seating near the front of the bus to facilitate loading and unloading.
  5. Students who do not comply with the above regulations will not be allowed to bring musical instruments on their buses.
  6. In addition to the limitations implemented by the above regulations in relation to the size of the instrument allowed, the following will not be allowed on the bus at any time:
Percussion (timpani-drums)
Tubas
Euponiums
Stands
Podiums

Other Articles

With reference to other articles that may be required for extra-curricular activities or field trips, the following guidelines will apply:

  1. Skates will be allowed providing they are enclosed in a gym bag or similar container and are kept in the possession of the owner at all times.
  2. Curling brooms, skis, poles, snow shoes, hockey sticks, sleighs, toboggans, as well as other sports equipment such as high jump stands, javelins, etc. must be transported in a separate vehicle.
  3. Any student wishing to bring objects or articles not covered by this policy onto the bus on an occasional or one-time basis (i.e. show and tell, science projects, etc.) should check with his/her Bus Driver prior to the time. The decision as to whether or not these articles will be allowed on the bus will be left to the Bus Driver’s discretion.

Any problems encountered by the Bus Drivers regarding the enforcement and/or implementation of this program will be brought to the attention of the Supervisor of Operations for resolution.

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EQ - Student Transportation in Private Vehicles

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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STUDENT TRANSPORTATION IN PRIVATE VEHICLES

For reasons of safety, the Board strongly encourages the use of school bus transportation for all school related activities.

The Board shall, however, provide through its Manitoba School Boards Association (M.S.B.A.) insurance programs coverage for automobiles not owned by the Division and which are used to transport students enrolled in Division schools provided that such vehicles:

  1. are driven by School Teachers, parent and/or guardian volunteers, or other approved volunteers;
  2. are used to transport students to or from activities which are both school-related and are sponsored or authorized by the Division;
  3. are not used to transport students to or from school in lieu of normal school bus service, unless used to transport students with Special Needs and approved by the Supervisor of Operations.

Principals shall ensure that each volunteer transporting students for all school sponsored events has a valid Driver’s License and that the vehicle to be used is properly registered, in accordance with Manitoba Public Insurance. (See EQ-E)

Principals shall ensure that full and proper records of all Drivers and vehicles used for each event are maintained.

General:

  1. Use school buses or public transportation whenever possible.
  2. 12 - 15 passenger vans are not to be used to transport students.

Volunteer Drivers:

  1. Students are not to be used to transport other students.
  2. Teachers or volunteers driving their personal vehicles to transport students to school activities must sign a Volunteer Driver Form (EQ-E).

Note - Autopac coverage on the vehicle for school related uses carries Third Party Liability to a total of $30,000,000 through the School Division’s insurance. This includes vehicle Autopac coverage designated as "All Purpose" or "Pleasure".

Rental Vehicles:

  1. Ensure the driver(s) carries the proper class of license. Operating a vehicle with an improper class of license is illegal and may void or limit insurance coverage on the vehicle.
  2. Ensure the vehicle complies with the safety requirements under the Highway Traffic Act.

The Volunteer Driver form (EQ-E) must be completed for each trip.

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EQ-E - Volunteer Driver Form.pdf

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ER - Business and Personnel Transportation Services

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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BUSINESS AND PERSONNEL TRANSPORATION SERVICES

"A school board may authorize the use of a school bus:

  1. to transport pupils for the purpose of participating in, or attending, extra-curricular activities;
  2. to transport trustees and administrative officers employed by the school division or school district while carrying out their regular duties; and,
  3. as may be required for the purpose of repairing or servicing it." [M.R. 465/88(11)]

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ES - Disposal of Used School Buses

SECTION E: OPERATIONS (PROPERTY AND TRANSPORTATION)

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DISPOSAL OF USED SCHOOL BUSES

The Portage la Prairie School Division will dispose of school buses that are declared surplus as follows:

School buses with an estimated value of less than $1,500.00

Authority is granted to Senior Administration to accept offers for these vehicles. The Division may publicize by means of an advertisement in local papers and a circular to other School Divisions.

School buses with an estimated value over $1,500.00

School Divisions in Manitoba will be given first opportunity to tender. All Divisions will be contacted indicating the details of the tender. If no tender is received from School Divisions, or

if tenders received are not acceptable, a public sealed tender process will be initiated. The Division will reserve the right to not accept any tender.

All school buses will be sold "As Is" and all motor vehicle safety inspections are the purchaser’s responsibility.

Proceeds of the sale of school buses will be credited to general revenues.

See also: DM

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