The Administration, with the help of the bus drivers, will conduct studies of bus routes to provide the safest, shortest routes that will get all students to school in the most economical way. Routes will be arranged in such a way as to equalize as nearly as possible the length of routes and bus loads, and to provide for the full use of buses. Arrangements will be made to provide each student transportation to school within the prescribed time limits. The District will attempt to keep all rides under _______ hours.

Bus routes will not overlap unless absolutely necessary. When more than one bus travels on an arterial highway, each bus will be assigned a certain portion of the route and all students will ride the bus to which they are assigned. Only one bus will cover one particular road unless overloading occurs.

Except when necessary on a temporary basis due to weather or road conditions, no official bus route will be extended or changed without Board approval. Before recommendation to the Board, the proposed extension or change will be reported to the transportation office, which will verify that the extension or change has been checked to determine whether it meets all regulations pertaining to safety, efficiency, and economy. When putting routes together the district will take into consideration the age of students, miles traveled, time spent on the bus and any other relevant factors.

Buses will not go off the main route to pick up students. Unless prior parental approval has been received by the District, students will not be let off the bus until reaching their destination. The drop-off or pick-up points may be on a road close to the home of the student, but only if there is a safe place to do so. Bus drivers will take precautions in order that students may be safe after getting off the bus during severe weather. Bus drivers may alter their route during severe weather as necessary in order that all students may be safe.