COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 10

October 13, 2006

REGULATORY

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Virginia School Bus Specifications

 

 

Pursuant to the provisions of the Regulations Governing Pupil Transportation (8VAC 20-70-460), the Board of Education has approved school bus specifications for 2006-07. These specifications were developed by a committee of representatives from school divisions. They were then posted on the Departments website for 30 days to allow school divisions and other interested parties to submit comments prior to presenting them to the Board of Education for final approval.

 

On September 27, 2006, the Board of Education approved the specifications as recommended by the specifications committee and the Department. Some of the more significant changes include:

 

1.              Non-sequential system for the traffic warning lights - This system will cause the red lights to activate when the door of the bus is opened. The driver must initiate the traffic warning light sequence with the current system.

 

2.              Addition of second traffic warning sign - School divisions will have the option of placing a second traffic warning sign on the left rear side of the bus if the bus has a passenger capacity of 64 students or greater.

 

These specifications can be found at the following website address: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Finance/approvedbusspecs.pdf

 

If you have any questions concerning the specifications, please contact Ms. June Eanes, director of support services, at (804) 225-2037, or e-mail June.Eanes@doe.virginia.gov.

 

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