DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 24

February 14, 2003

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Transmittal of the "Statement of Administrative Impact and Projected Costs of Implementation" for the Proposed Revisions to the Regulations Governing Pupil Transportation

 

As part of its responsibilities for promulgating new regulations or revisions to existing regulations, the Board of Education is required to develop a statement of the administrative impact and the projected costs of implementing and complying with such regulations. The Board and the Department of Education are required to send a copy of the statement to each division superintendent [Refer to Section 22.1-17 of the Code of Virginia].

 

The full text of the proposed revisions to the Pupil Transportation Regulations is available on the Department of Educations Web site at http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Finance/transportationregs.pdf. The changes in bold are the latest revisions to the regulations.

 

FISCAL IMPACT

 

The proposed language for 8 VAC 20-70-350 refers to the amount of training that must be provided to new bus drivers. Specifically, it states that drivers must have, Completed a minimum of 24 classroom hours and 24 hours of behind-the-wheel training. A minimum of 10 hours of the 24 hours behind-the-wheel shall involve the operation of a bus with pupils on board while under the direct supervision of a designated bus driver trainer. All drivers shall receive training in the operation of a Type D bus and the transportation of students with special needs.

 

The proposed language increases the current requirements by adding eight additional hours of training to accommodate the added requirements for training drivers in the operation of Type D buses and the transportation of children with special needs. This increase will likely have an impact on some school divisions; however, since many school divisions already offer more than the current 40 hours of training, the impact cannot be determined. Further, it is not possible to estimate the impact of the additional training because it is not possible to accurately project the number of new drivers each year.

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE IMPACT

 

The proposed revisions to the Regulations Governing Pupil Transportation will allow the Board of Education to approve specifications for new school buses each year. School divisions will then be able to purchase buses with updated technology and equipment each year.

 

The Department of Education proposes deleting the information currently in the regulations (8 VAC 20-70-280) that describes the physical qualifications for bus drivers. These qualifications are included on the physical form that is completed by the doctor or nurse practitioner. By removing these specific qualifications from the regulations, updates to the physical form that are approved by the Board of Education can be implemented in a more timely fashion.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. June F. Eanes, director of support services, at jeanes@mail.vak12ed.edu or (804) 225-2037.

 

JLD/aam