103.0 -- Transportation
103.1 — Bus Service
Transportation is provided to students in grades K-12 if
they live more than two miles from school. Transportation may or may not be
provided for students who live outside the attendance boundaries of the school they
attend. Parents/guardians have
responsibility for the control and direction of students at the bus stop. All
students have responsibility for their behavior on the school bus and at the
school bus stop. The Sarasota County Schools Transportation Department may be
reached at 486-2141. The district’s website, www.SarasotaCountySchools.net,
includes information about all bus routes.
School bus transportation is a privilege, not a right. This privilege can be denied for unacceptable
behavior on a bus.
Riding the bus is a privilege; students have a
- Obey the driver’s instructions.
- Arrive at the assigned stop five minutes before
pickup time, stand away from the road, board the bus when it has stopped and
the doors have opened. The bus will not wait for students who are tardy.
- Cross the roadway in the proper manner.
- Ride the assigned bus and not board or depart
the bus at any stop other than the assigned stop, unless authorized by the
principal and the Transportation Department. Sit in the assigned seat; standing
or trying to change seats while the bus is in motion is dangerous.
- Remain seated and facing forward at all times
when the bus is moving. Keep all portions of the body inside the bus.
- Refrain from spraying and/or applying scented
perfumes/sprays/lotions while on the bus or just before boarding the bus.
- Remain absolutely quiet at railroad crossings,
for the safety of all on board.
- Abide by school bus policies while on the bus.
- Refrain from throwing any items from the windows
of the bus.
- Realize that parents/guardians and students may
be held responsible for any unacceptable behavior by a student on the bus.
- Know that littering or throwing objects inside
or at the bus is not allowed and may be subject to criminal charges.
- Be aware that parents/guardians and students
will be held responsible for all vandalism to the bus by students, and that
restitution will be required.
- Refrain from obscene language or gestures on the
- Refrain from bringing animals or anything in a
glass container on the bus, or any articles disruptive to the safe operation of
the school bus. This includes science specimens and experiments. Bulky or
objectionable articles, including scooters, skateboards or large musical
instruments that cannot be held in the student’s lap will not be permitted on
- Refrain from blocking the aisles or emergency
exits with objects.
- Refrain from displaying posters or signs from
the bus windows.
- Wear seat belt at all times while on the bus.
103.2 — Vehicles on School Property
The use of automobile or bicycle transportation is a privilege
granted by school district authorities if parking space is available. A student
with a valid driver’s license may be permitted to drive his or her automobile
to school if written consent from his or her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and
a written agreement to comply with all the school district rules relating to
student vehicles are filed with the principal or designee.
Any student violating this rule shall be denied permission
to bring his or her vehicle to school until such time as the principal or
designee restores the privilege. This privilege may be revoked at any time by
school district officials. Reasons for said revocation include, but are not
limited to, violations of federal, state or local laws and school
board/district individual school policies and rules. Any vehicle entering the
school area is subject to search by school authorities and the law enforcement
officers working with them. School officials may conduct the search based on
“reasonable suspicion.” A search may be conducted without a warrant for any
reasonable purpose. Search of the vehicle includes all compartments and
components thereof. Once a search begins, the person who owns and/or drives the
vehicle will not be permitted to remove it from the premises during the
duration of the search.
103.3 — Bicycle Helmets
Florida State Law §316.2065 requires a bicycle rider or
passenger less than 16 years of age to wear a bicycle helmet that meets the
standards of the American National Standards Institute. Bicycle helmets must be
worn by anyone under the age of 16 riding a bicycle.
103.4 — Transportation in Private Vehicles
Any private vehicles used to transport students shall be
currently registered in the state of Florida, be insured for personal injury
protection and property damage liability in at least the minimum amounts
required by law, and be in good working order. A person wishing to transport
students in a private vehicle will request approval by submitting his/her
driver’s license, vehicle registration and insurance I.D. card to the principal
in a reasonable amount of time before the planned travel. The principal will
examine the driver’s license, vehicle registration and insurance card, and may,
in his or her discretion, give approval for the transportation of students in the
private vehicles as requested. A student who is transported to any activity in
a private vehicle shall return from the activity in the same vehicle, unless
the student is released to his or her parents. Student transportation in
private vehicles may only be authorized for trips within the state of Florida.
When transportation is authorized in a private vehicle, students may only be
transported in designated seating positions and shall be required to use the
occupant crash protection system provided by the vehicle manufacturer. See
School Board Policy 8.36 (available on the district website at
www.SarasotaCountySchools.net/policy.aspx) for more details about student
transportation in private vehicles for athletics and other extracurricular
A field trip/travel is a school-sponsored event if, and only
if, parents/guardians are asked to sign an official district permission form
that has also been signed by a student’s school administrator.
Students transported to and from any field trip destination
in school district buses and/or chartered buses have the responsibility to act
in the appropriate manner as described in section 103.1 of this booklet. Any
inappropriate behavior will be reported by the bus driver to the appropriate
administrator for action.