ANAHEIM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Revised: April 27, 2018)
In compliance with California Vehicle Code Section 22112 and California Education Code Section 39831.3, the Anaheim City School District has developed this Transportation Safety plan “containing procedures for school personnel to follow to ensure the safe transport of pupils…to or from school or school activities.”
The Transportation Safety Plan includes procedures for the loading and unloading of pupil passengers, the use of the red light signal system by the school buses, and the procedures that the Transportation Department will follow in order to ensure the safe transportation of school pupils in the Anaheim Elementary School District.
This plan is on file at each school site in the District, the District Transportation Center, and the Westminster Office of the California Highway Patrol.
This plan will be reviewed and updated annually by the District Transportation Department, or whenever statute or regulation changes make it necessary to amend current procedures.
SECTION 1 – HOME-TO-SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION: REGULAR EDUCATION
Transportation Service Area
Transportation will be provided on a systematic basis for students within the school of residence attendance boundary as long as the residence is located within the school of residence Transportation Service Area.
The Transportation Service Area for each school is determined by the shortest traveled roads from the residence of the student to the nearest point on the boundary of the school campus that exceed one and one quarter (1.25) mile.
Minimum Transportation Distances
A student whose residence is located within the school attendance boundary at a distance greater than 1.25 miles may be transported to his school of attendance by District transportation services.
School Bus Stops
All school bus stops shall be approved by the Board of Education or the Board’s designee. Bus stops shall be established at least one quarter mile beyond the minimum distances established above. The stops shall be in locations that are safe and, wherever possible, there shall be no less than one quarter (0.25) mile between stops.
SECTION 2 – ESCORTING PUPILS
- District assigns students to bus stops based upon the closest safe and legal designated stop to the student’s place of residence.
- District determines if students must cross the street on which the bus is stopped, i.e., requires escort. Students will only be assigned stops which require escort if the stop legally qualifies for escort according to the requirements of V.C. 22112.
- The District provides the school bus driver with route sheets that designate the “escort stops”.
- District Transportation Director or designee ensures that each school bus driver has a current copy of the route sheet for the route assigned to that bus at any time.
- District and school bus drivers ensure that parents/guardians of transported students understand and comply with the procedures for student escort according to the requirements of V.C. 22112.
- Bus Drivers will escort students using the school bus red flashing crossover lights and physically get out of the bus to assist the students safely across the roadway.
SECTION 3 – STUDENT BOARDING/EXITING
- Students are instructed to stand in a forward facing, orderly manner at their bus stop and remain back from the curb or roadway edge as their assigned bus approaches.
- Students are instructed to wait until the school bus driver has activated the flashing red signal lights before boarding or exiting a school bus at bus stops. Students are instructed to enter their assigned bus in an orderly manner. Students are instructed to leave their assigned bus at the school bus stop in an orderly manner and immediately move away from the school bus danger zone.
- District maintains a list of designated school bus stops for each school transportation area. These stops have been selected, reviewed and recommended by the District Superintendent or designee. School sites assigning school bus stops to a new student or student whose place of residence has changed, will verify with the District Transportation Department that the stop selected is a designated stop.
- In compliance with California Education Code 39831.5, at least once each year the District provides safety instruction to all pupils who receive home to school transportation. This procedure has been revised to include the use of the flashing red signal lights at all stops and loading/unloading zones in accordance with V.C. 22112.
- District reviews school bus stops for general education and special education transportation at least once each year for appropriate location and designation.
SECTION 4 – BOARDING/EXITING AT SCHOOL SITES AND TRIP DESTINATIONS
- At school sites, wherever possible, District loads/unloads school bus passengers in off street bus loading zones which have been designated for the exclusive use of school buses when students are boarding/exiting school buses at that site.
- Where off street bus loading zones do not exist, District ensures the safety of student passengers while they are boarding/exiting school buses, which are located in parking lots or on a public street. This is accomplished through established procedures for student boarding/exiting and supervision of students in the loading zone area.
- District routinely reviews school loading/unloading zones for General Education, Special Education, and field trip transportation for appropriate location and designation.
- District performs school loading/unloading of student passengers and staff/chaperones at all trip destinations in accordance with V.C. 22112.
- In compliance with California Education Code 39831.5, District requires that “prior to departure on a school activity trip, all pupils riding on a school bus or school pupil activity bus shall receive safety instruction which includes, but is not limited to the location of emergency exits, and the location and use of emergency equipment. Instruction also may include responsibilities of passengers seated next to any emergency exit.”
SECTION 5 – CHILD CHECK PROCEDURES
- Drivers are trained to know all the procedures, laws and regulations pertaining to student safety including but not limited to Child Check procedures.
- After the completion of each run, drivers physically walk to the rear of the bus while checking each row and under every seat to ensure that there are not students still on the bus.
- Upon return to the Transportation facility and before exiting the bus, the driver will once again complete a check of the entire bus. A Child Check sensor at the rear of the bus will be scanned and a “Bus Empty” sign will be put up.
SECTION 6 – BOARD POLICIES
- District has adopted the following Board Policies and Administration Regulations in support of pupil transportation of Anaheim Elementary School District students:
- Board Policy 3540 – General Statement
- Board Policy 3541 – Routes and Services
- Board Policy 3541.1 – Field Trips
- Board Policy 3541.2 – Students with Disabilities
- Administrative Regulations 3541.1 – Field Trips
- Administrative Regulations 3542 – School Bus Drivers Bus Conduct
- Administrative Regulations 3543 – Transportation Safety and Emergencies
- Special Education transportation is subject to all areas of this Transportation Safety Plan as delineated herein above.
C: Sandra Barry, Interim Superintendent
David Rivera, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services
California Highway Patrol