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123B.91 School district bus safety responsibilities.

Subdivision 1. Comprehensive policy. Each district must develop and implement a comprehensive, written policy governing pupil transportation safety, including transportation of nonpublic school students, when applicable. The policy shall, at minimum, contain:

(1) provisions for appropriate student bus safety training under section 123B.90;

(2) rules governing student conduct on school buses and in school bus loading and unloading areas;

(3) a statement of parent or guardian responsibilities relating to school bus safety;

(4) provisions for notifying students and parents or guardians of their responsibilities and the rules;

(5) an intradistrict system for reporting school bus accidents or misconduct and a system for dealing with local law enforcement officials in cases of criminal conduct on a school bus;

(6) a discipline policy to address violations of school bus safety rules, including procedures for revoking a student's bus riding privileges in cases of serious or repeated misconduct;

(7) a system for integrating school bus misconduct records with other discipline records;

(8) a statement of bus driver duties;

(9) planned expenditures for safety activities under section 123B.89 and, where applicable, provisions governing bus monitor qualifications, training, and duties;

(10) rules governing the use and maintenance of type III vehicles, drivers of type III vehicles, qualifications to drive a type III vehicle, qualifications for a type III vehicle and the circumstances under which a student may be transported in a type III vehicle;

(11) operating rules and procedures;

(12) provisions for annual bus driver in-service training and evaluation;

(13) emergency procedures;

(14) a system for maintaining and inspecting equipment;

(15) requirements of the school district, if any, that exceed state law minimum requirements for school bus operations; and

(16) requirements for basic first aid training, which must include the Heimlich maneuver and procedures for dealing with obstructed airways, shock, bleeding, and seizures.

Districts are encouraged to use the model policy developed by the Minnesota school boards association, the department of public safety, and the department of children, families, and learning, as well as the current edition of the "National Standards for School Buses and Operations" published by the National Safety Council, in developing safety policies. Each district shall review its policy annually and make appropriate amendments, which must be submitted to the school bus safety advisory committee within one month of approval by the school board.

Subd. 2. School transportation safety director. Each board shall designate a school transportation safety director to oversee and implement pupil transportation safety policies. The director shall have day-to-day responsibility for pupil transportation safety within the district, including transportation of nonpublic school children when provided by the district.

HIST: 1994 c 647 art 12 s 14; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 2 s 8,9; art 16 s 13; 1998 c 397 art 7 s 9,164; art 11 s 3; 1998 c 398 art 6 s 21

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