COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 133

May 23, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Daily Pre-trip Safety Inspection Requirement of School Bus Drivers

 

This memorandum is intended to restate the daily pre-trip safety inspection requirement of school bus drivers contained in Board of Education regulations. The January 2004, Regulations Governing Pupil Transportation state:

8 VAC 20-70-380. Pre-trip safety inspection.

 

The drivers of school and activity buses shall perform a daily pre-trip safety inspection of the vehicle prior to transporting children. The items checked and recorded shall be at least equal to the pre-trip inspection procedure as prescribed by the Department of Education.

 

Full compliance with this Board of Education regulation is required of school divisions. The procedure prescribed by the Department of Education is contained in the Preventive Maintenance Manual, March 2003. This document has been provided to school divisions and is available on the department's Web site at:

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/transportation/school_buses/
preventive_maintenance_manual.pdf

 

Training in the application of the preventive maintenance manual is also provided by the department each summer at the regional train-the-trainer training sessions.

 

Please note that a September 2004, version of the preventive maintenance manual was sent to school divisions. However, this version of the manual was not authorized for release and an e-mail was previously sent to pupil transportation directors rescinding that document and with guidance to only use the March 2003, document.

 

If you have any questions regarding this regulation, please contact June Eanes, director of support services, or Michael Brown, associate director for transportation, at (804) 225-2037, or by e-mail June.Eanes@doe.virginia.gov or Michael.Brown@doe.virginia.gov.

 

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