3540 BP - Transportation

Business and Noninstructional Operations
Board Policy No. 3540
Policy Adopted:  February 6, 2020


The Governing Board desires to provide for the safe and efficient transportation of students to and from school as necessary to ensure student access to the educational program, promote regular attendance and reduce tardiness.  The extent to which the district provides for transportation services shall depend upon student and community needs and a continuing assessment of financial resources.

(cf. 3250 - Transportation Fees)

(cf. 3541 - Transportation Routes and Services)

(cf. 3541.1 - Transportation for School-Related Trips)

(cf. 3541.2 - Transportation for Students with Disabilities)

(cf. 5116.1- Intradistrict Open Enrollment)

(cf. 5117 - Interdistrict Agreements)

The Superintendent or designee shall recommend to the Board the most economical, environmentally sustainable, and appropriate means of providing transportation services.

The Board may purchase, rent, or lease vehicles; contract with a common carries or municipally owned transit system; contract with responsible private parties including the parent/guardian of the student being transported; and/or contract with the County Superintendent of Schools.  (Education Code 35330, 39800, 39801) 

In contracting for transportation services, the district shall comply with all applicable laws related to bids and contracts.  (Education Code 39802-39803)

The Board may charge a transportation fee to parents/guardians of transported students in accordance with Education Code 39807.5 and BP/AR 3250- Transportation Fees.

No student shall be required to be transported for any reason without the written permission from the student’s parent/guardian, except in emergency situations involving illness or injury to the student pursuant to Education Doe 35350 or the evacuation of students as necessary for their safety.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop procedures to promote safety for students traveling on school buses.

(cf. 3543 - Transportation Safety and Emergencies)

(cf. 5131.1 - Bus Conduct)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure the qualifications of bus drivers and related staff employed by the district, provide for the maintenance and operation of district-owned school buses and other equipment, and ensure adequate facilities for equipment storage and maintenance.

(cf. 3542 - School Bus Drivers)

Legal Reference:


35330  Excursions and field trips

35350  Authority to transport pupils

39800-39860  Transportation, especially:

39800  Powers of governing board to provide transportation for pupils to and from school; definition of "municipally owned transit system"

39801 Contract with County Superintendent of Schools to provide transportation

39802-39803  Bids and contracts for transportation services

39806  Payments to parents in lieu of transportation

39807  Food and lodging payments in lieu of transportation

39807.5  Transportation fees

39808  District transportation of private school students

41850-41854  Allowances for transportation

41860-41862  Supplemental allowances for transportation

45125.1 Criminal background checks for contractors


3540-3549.3  Educational Employment Relations Act


14100-14103  Use of school buses and school pupil activity buses

15240-15343  Allowances for student transportation, especially:

15253-15272  District records related to transportation


2807  School bus inspection


Arcadia Unified School District et. al. v. State Department of Education, 2 Cal. 4th 251 (1992)


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