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Davenport, IA

Administrative Regulation 305.05A

Administrative Regulation 305.05A


School Bus Transportation

“School bus” means every vehicle operated for the transportation of children to or from school, except vehicles which are:  (a) privately owned and not operated for compensation, (b) used exclusively in the transportation of the children in the immediate family of the driver, (c) operated by a municipally or privately owned urban transit company for the transportation of children as part of or in addition to their regularly scheduled service, or (d) designed to carry not more than eight persons as passengers, either school owned or privately owned, which are used to transport pupils to their homes in case of illness or other emergency situations.  The vehicles operated under the provisions of paragraph “d” of this section shall be operated by employees of the school district who are specifically approved by the local superintendent of schools for the assignment.

School Bus Uses

School buses may be used to provide transportation for each resident pupil who attends a public school and/or each resident pupil who attends a non-public school who is entitled to transportation under the laws of the State of Iowa, the policies of the D.E. and the rules and regulations of the Board of Directors.

School buses may be used at the discretion of the Board of Directors for transportation of persons to activities in which pupils from the schools are participants or are attending the activity for which the school is responsible.

Student Eligibility for Bus Service

Public & Non-public school students, grades K-5, living more than one and one-half miles from a designated attendance center, grades 6-8, living more than two miles from a designated attendance center and grades 9-12 living more than three miles from a designated attendance center will be furnished transportation or accommodated in the manner prescribed by the Code of Iowa and local school district guidelines.

Such action must be approved at a regular meeting of the Board.

Special Education Bus Service

Resident students qualifying for special education classes in a school other than the usual school designated for attendance may be provided transportation. The Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee may also approve transportation for handicapped students to their designated attendance center.

Extra-Curricular Activities Bus Service
The use of school buses shall be restricted to transporting students between home and school and to and from extra-curricular activities sponsored by the school when such extra-curricular activity is under the direction of a qualified member of the faculty and a part of the regular school program.

Spectator Buses
School buses may be used to transport spectators to out-of-town extra-curricular activites under the following guidelines:

  1. The charge for such service shall be 100% of estimated cost for adults
  2. The charge for such service shall be 50% of the estimate cost for students
  3. The minimum charge shall be $1.00 per student and $2.00 per adult.
  4. Adult supervision other than the bus driver is required on each bus in the form of personnel designated by the principal of the school involved in the activity
  5. In order for a bus to be dispatched, at least seventy-five percent (75%) capacity must be maintained by paying passengers.

Note: Based on current expenses, the guidelines used to determine the actual cost will be calculated per mile traveled, plus contracted per hour wage of driver time involved.

These guidelines will be reviewed annually to reflect changing costs.

Alternative/Exceptional Education Bus Service

Resident pupils who are administratively assigned to alternative/exceptional education classes or programs in a school or location other than the usual school designated for attendance may be provided transportation.

The following stipulations shall apply:

  • The pupil must qualify under the Student Eligibility for Bus Service guidelines specified in board policy 305.5 relative to distance from the alternative/exceptional education program site.
  • In the case of the Homeless Student at-risk program for students in emergency shelter care, transportation to the attendance site will be limited to the conclusion of the term in which the special transportation is begun unless there is a formal administrative extension.

Alternative/Exceptional Education Programs shall include, but not be limited to:

  • English as a Second Language and Bilingual Programs
  • Homeless/Shelters/Foster Home Program
  • Alternative To Expulsion Program
  • Administrative Advisory Council Transfer

 Procedure for Life Threatening Conditions (including Epilepsy and Diabetes)

Due to student confidentiality only those student names and conditions where parents have signed the Critical Care Card and waiver will be sent to transportation. This list will be sent after review by the District Head Nurse. Each year parents/guardians need to complete a Critical Care Card/waiver at registration for the child riding on school buses and give this card to their building nurse. After review the building nurse will send it on to the District Head Nurse to complete the process with transportation.

Transportation will make a copy of the card and present this information to the particular bus driver. Students are requested to sit near the front of the bus for best monitoring of condition. Refer to the Transportation Critical Care Card Process for detailed direction.


  1. If a student has a seizure on the bus, the driver will pull over and stop the bus in a safe spot.
  2. He/she will then proceed as follows:
  • Remain calm – (this is difficult, but possible)
  • Do not attempt to restrain movements
  • Allow student to lie on seat or floor
  • If possible, turn student to the side to prevent the tongue from blocking the air passage
  • Protect the student from  injury by cradling the head
  • Do NOT attempt to force anything in the person’s mouth
  • If chewing, place a folded handkerchief between teeth
  • Person may have breathing difficulty and turn blue (don’t panic)
  • A seizure usually lasts about one (1) minute
  1. When the seizure is over, radio the dispatcher to notify the school, and if the student seems OK, continue on the route.  You may ask a responsible student to sit beside him/her.
  1. If a seizure lasts less than five (5) minutes or the student is groggy, the driver should radio the dispatcher to contact the nurse or principal at the student’s school to ask for advice and remain in contact until the seizure is over and instructions are received and understood.
  1. If a seizure last five (5) min or more, an ambulance should be called to the bus to take the student to the emergency room. If the bus is near a hospital, the driver may have a dependable student protect the seizure victim and drive directly to the emergency room.
  2. Specific written instruction may be given on a Critical Care Card for a particular student which may differ from this general policy.


If a diabetic student says that he/she isn’t feeling well or says he/she is getting shaky:

  1. Ask him/her if he/she has had his/her insulin.
  2. Ask him/her if he/she has had breakfast, lunch, etc.
  3. Allow him/her to eat a sugar cube, pop or candy.
  4. Notify school or parents.
  5. If seizure or unconsciousness occur, call an ambulance.

Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar are:  (Too much insulin)

  • Nervousness
  • Pale
  • Hunger
  • Moist skin
  • Weakness
  • Abnormal behavior
  • Normal or shallow breathing
  • Seizures

Signs and symptoms of diabetic coma (too much sugar and not enough insulin – usually comes on more slowly)

  • Breath smells fruity
  • Respiration deep and labored
  • Dry warm skin
  • Drowsy
  • Thirsty
  1. Notify Parents Immediately
  2. If unconscious, call ambulance


Transportation Critical Care Card Process

Purpose: To identify and treat students with potentially life-threatening conditions traveling on bus routes.

  1. At registration for transportation services, parent/guardian whose child(ren) rides on schools buses, will complete a Critical Care Card and waiver, if there is a special health condition that is critical. This card and the waiver will be completed each year.
  2. The waivers and Critical Care Cards will be given to the School Nurse, where they will be reviewed for accuracy and validated with medical papers.
  3. School Nurse will generate from these cards, a list of children whom also have Emergency Plans for Life – Threatening Conditions. This list will be sent to the Head Nurse along with the red Critical Care Cards and waivers.
  4. Only those student names and conditions where parents have signed the student/condition information waiver will be sent to transportation. No medical information will be shared with transportation, for the students where the parent has not signed the medical information waiver.
  5. The Head Nurse will review the list for accuracy and make sure the condition is truly life-threatening. Those conditions deemed to be life-threatening are as follows: A-Heart Condition; B- Diabetes; C- Severe respiratory disorders; D-Seizure disorders; E-Anaphylactic reaction (severe food allergies, bee stings); F-Cystic Fibrosis.
  6. Students with physician orders will be allowed to carry their inhalers and epi-pens on to the bus for self-administration purposes.
  7. Students with the Critical Care Card will sit near the front of the bus.
  8. Trained bus drivers will administer epi-pens in emergeny events and call 911.
  9. After review, all cards will be forwarded to the designated transportation department.
  10. Once transportation receives the confirmed list of student(s) whom also have Emergency Plans, for Life
    – Threatening Conditions, the following steps will be taken:
    a. Critical Care Student(s) will be tagged in the routing software
    b. Critical Care Cards will be kept in a folder in the office.
    c. Copies of the Critical Care Red Cards will be kept on each bus the student(s) rides for reference to include signs,
    symptoms and responses.
    d. Employee(s) will be informed of the signs, symptoms and responses to the student(s) with Life Threatening
    Conditions, including all relief drivers/monitors and office staff.
    e. Student(s) with Life Threatening Conditions will be seated near the front of the bus for higher visibility to the
    f. Employee(s) who work directly with Critical Care Student(s), to include all relief drivers/monitors and office staff,
    will be required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement outlining policy and consequences of sharing information (See
    g. Parent waivers and release of shared information will be kept in the office in a separate binder
    h. Parent waivers for administration of Epi-Pens in extreme situations will be kept in the office in a separate binder
  • Legal Reference — Code of Iowa Chapter 321.1, 321.373, 285.10
  • Updated 6/82, 4/91, 8/93, 11/97, 7/99, 10/03
  • Reviewed 5/96, 7/99, 10/03
  • Revised 4/2017