P. O. BOX 2120
July 3, 1997


TO: Division Superintendents
Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Request for Report of Insurance Coverage on School Buses 
Section 22.1-188 through 22.1-198 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 you 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,
  1997 through June 30, 1998.  

  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 1 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.  Those 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, 1997 (Sections 22.1-189,
  191 and 197).  The Department urges you to initiate the
  procurement process in time to finalize the insurance contract
  by the end of July, 1997.  In addition, you should ensure that
  the contract contains coverages required for all days operated
  during the entire 1997-98 school year.

  Form EB.010 or Form EB.011 should be completed in triplicate;
  one copy to be retained by you, one copy for the insurance
  agent, and one copy returned to Dr. Barbara V. Goodman,
  Associate Director, Pupil Transportation Service, by August 1,
  1997.  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.


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

  NOTE:  This report is included in the 1997-98 Calendar of Reports
         under the due date of August 1.