Transportation: Space Available Ridership
The following guidelines and procedures will be pursued in the implementation of Board policy regarding space available ridership.
A. Applications for space available ridership consideration must be submitted to the building principal on an annual basis and must be received on or before the date established for submission of all requests.
B. Transportation on a space available basis will be provided only on routes established to transport eligible students to schools currently receiving transportation services.
C. Criteria to be employed in the evaluation of applications shall be applied in the following priority order:
1. Student safety (i.e. Availability of crossing guards, traffic volume, location of residence within areas representing the greatest hazard to walking students).
2. Age of student.
3. Distance of residence from attendance center.
4. Timeliness of application submission.
D. The number of spaces available to non-eligible riders shall be the difference between the number of assigned eligible riders plus three (3) spaces reserved for students with temporary medical problems, and the legal capacity.
E. Fees for transportation shall be paid upon notification of approval of application and before service is initiated. Fees will be calculated annually and will be based upon the net average cost of transportation per student. Fees may be paid for the school year or per semester.
F. Bus privileges may be suspended by the building principal or his/her designee for student misconduct. Fee reimbursement will not occur in the event ridership is interrupted or terminated for disciplinary reasons.
G. In the event new students, who are eligible for district supported transportation services, move into District 41 and there is insufficient space on the route designed to serve the area of their residence, space will be made available by discontinuance of ridership of least eligible riders. Criteria employed to evaluate applications will be applied to determine riders for which transportation service will be withdrawn. In the event students are removed from a bus for this reason, the parent(s) or guardian(s) will be reimbursed on a pro rata basis.
H. Should the decision be made to alter routes after the start of the school year, students riding on a space available basis will be required to reapply. In the event reallocation of rider space results in the termination of ridership privileges, the parent(s) or guardian(s) will be reimbursed on a pro rata basis.
I. Authority for evaluating applications and assigning rider space rests with the building principal or his designee.
Reviewed: November 28, 2005, April 23, 2012
Adopted: December 19, 2005
Revisions Adopted: May 14, 2012