COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 33
May 21, 1999

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Request for Report of Insurance Coverage on School Buses Section 22.1-188 through 22.1-198, Section 46.2-472 and Section 38.2-2206, Code of Virginia
In accordance with Sections 22.1-188 through 22.1-198,Code 
of Virginia, the Department of Education is requesting 
superintendents to certify that insurance containing the 
required coverage has been obtained for all vehicles to be 
used in transporting school children and school personnel 
during the period July 1, 1999, through June 30, 2000.  

The amounts of insurance coverage under the uninsured 
motorist clause shall be equal to the limits of the 
liability insurance afforded by such policy, unless the 
insured rejects such additional uninsured motorist 
insurance coverage by notifying the insurer as provided in 
Section 38.2-2202, Part B, Code of Virginia.  Based on 
previous interpretations, the minimum uninsured motorist 
coverage of $50,000 (for injury, including death, to one 
person)/$200,000 (for injury, including death, to all 
persons injured in any one accident)/$20,000 (for damage or 
destruction of property in any one accident) would prevail 
if the school board declines the higher limits.

Following the practice adopted previously, the EB.010 
certificate requires the signature of the division 
superintendent, the name of each insurance company, and the 
signature of its agent.  The chairman or clerk of the 
Committee for Control of jointly-owned schools holding 
title to or contracting for operation of vehicles used to 
transport pupils should submit certificates in the name of 
the committee.  School divisions utilizing a self-insurance 
plan should submit copies of Form EB.011, which provides 
for the attachment of a copy of the Self-Insurance 
Certificate or a statement from the issuing agency that 
such certificate is in effect.

Special attention is directed to provisions of Section 
22.1-191, Code of Virginia, concerning the date by which 
such insurance shall be secured and certified.  Compliance 
with these requirements is mandatory before any state 
school funds can be distributed after August 1, 1999 
(Sections 22.1-189, 191, and 197).  The Department of 
Education urges you to initiate the procurement process in 
time to finalize the insurance contract by the end of July 
should ensure that the contract contains coverages required 
for all days operated during the entire 1999-2000 school 
year.

Form EB.010 or Form EB.011 should be completed in 
triplicate; one copy to be retained by the superintendent, 
one copy for the insurance agent, and one copy returned to 
Dr. Barbara V. Goodman, Associate Director, Pupil 
Transportation Service, by August 1, 1999.  Three copies of 
these forms are enclosed and additional copies will be 
provided upon request.  Questions may be directed to Dr. 
Goodman at (804) 225-2037.

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Enclosures:     A hard copy of this memo and its attach-
                ment will be sent to the superintendent's
                office.

NOTE:   This report is included in the 1999-2000 Calendar 
        of Reports under the due date of August 1.



EB.010          Attachment to:  ADM. SUPTS. MEMO. NO.  33  
                                             May 21, 1999

           CERTIFICATION OF SCHOOL BUS INSURANCE


___________________________________
School Division - Joint School

This certifies that insurance containing the coverage 
required under Sections 22.1-188 through 22.1-198, Section 
46.2-472 and 38.2-2206,Code of Virginia, as severally 
amended, has been secured by the School Board or Committee 
for Control for every vehicle operated at public expense to 
be used by this County, City, Town, School Board, or Joint 
School in transporting school pupils and personnel.  This 
coverage is effective for all days the vehicles will be in 
operation during the entire school year 1999-2000, 
including coverage for all vehicles operated during the 
summer months for purposes connected with the public school 
program and authorized by the public school officials.


________________________   _______________________________
         Date                    Division Superintendent


I hereby certify that the insurance coverage issued in 
the name of the__________________________________ County, 
City, Town, School Board, or Joint School provides the 
legal coverage required for the entire school year 1999-
2000, including coverage for all vehicles operated during 
the summer months for purposes connected with the public 
school program and authorized by the public school 
officials.


_______________            __________________________________
     Date                      Name of Insurance Company

                        Signed: ___________________________
                                      Authorized Agent

Return by August 1, 1999 to:

Dr. Barbara V. Goodman, Director
Pupil Transportation Service
Department of Education
P. O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120



EB.011         Attachment to:  ADM. SUPTS. MEMO. NO.  33  
                                            May 21, 1999



                CERTIFICATION OF SELF-INSURANCE



______________________________
School Division - Joint School


This certifies that a certificate of self-insurance containing 
the coverage required under Sections 22.1-188 through 22.1-198, 
Section 46.2-472 and Section 38.2-2206, Code of Virginia, as 
severally amended, has been secured by the School Board or 
Committee for Control for every vehicle operated at public expense 
to be used by this County, City, Town, School Board, or Joint 
School in transporting school pupils and personnel.  This coverage 
is effective for all days the vehicles will be in operation during 
the entire school year 1999-2000, including coverage for all 
vehicles operated during the summer months for purposes connected 
with the public school program and authorized by the public school 
officials.



________________                 ____________________________
     Date                           Division Superintendent




NOTICE: Attach a copy of the self-insurance certificate or a 
statement from the Commissioner, Department of Motor 
Vehicles, that such a certificate providing legal 
coverage required has been issued.

Return by August 1, 1999 to:

Dr. Barbara V. Goodman
Director
Pupil Transportation Service
Department of Education
P. O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120