Louisiana - Transportation Safety—safety training: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law requires districts to establish transportation plans or policies addressing bus driver safety training.

Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:158 School buses for transportation of students

(1) Except as provided by Subsection H of this Section and in accordance with the requirements of Subsection F of this Section, each city, parish, and other local public school board shall provide free transportation for any student attending a school of suitable grade approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education within the jurisdictional boundaries of the local board if the student resides more than one mile from such school. This requirement shall not apply to any student attending a nonpublic school pursuant to R.S. 17:4011 through 4025.

(2) A city, parish, or other local public school board may provide transportation for any student attending a school of suitable grade approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education within the jurisdictional boundaries of the local board who resides one mile or less from the school when the school board determines that conditions exist to warrant such transportation. Transportation of students residing one mile or less from their school shall be at no cost to the state.


Louisiana Administrative Code 28:XXVII.501 Role of Local School Board

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Source: Louisiana Division of Administration


Louisiana Administrative Code 28 CXIII 505 In-service Training

A. In-service training, which is designed to improve the driver's skills, attitude and knowledge, is a vital part of the total school bus safety effort. To maintain certification, all certified school bus drivers must complete a minimum of eight hours of in-service training within a two-year period; however, annual in-service training is encouraged. (The required eight hours may be divided into two annual four-hour blocks, if so desired by the local transportation supervisor.)

B. Bus driver participation in in-service training sessions is mandatory for the driver to maintain certification. Training topics should be selected from the following courses based on the needs of the LEA:

    1. appropriate units of the Louisiana School Bus Driver Instructional Program;
    1. National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course: Coaching the School Bus Driver;
    1. approved first aid course with emphasis on activities designed to meet school bus drivers' needs;
    1. assertive discipline/passenger management training;
    1. drug abuse prevention awareness training;
    1. transporting students with disabilities;
    1. recognizing and reporting child abuse;
    1. commercial driver's license (CDL) training;
    1. special activity trip requirements; and
    1. other topics approved by the DOE.
      Source: Louisiana Division of Administration
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