Transportation service equipment and personnel shall be used primarily to transport to and from school during the day those public and non-public school pupils eligible for such transportation.
Transportation service equipment and personnel may be used secondarily to provide transportation for field trips for curricular and extracurricular activities which are part of the educational program.
Transportation equipment and personnel shall not be used for any purpose or activity that is not directly connected with and a part of the regular educational programs within the district except as provided in Policy EDAF, or by governmental agencies sponsoring approved programs for youth in the community as approved by the board. Other community groups are prohibited from using school transportation equipment by regulation of the State Board of Education.
The superintendent shall be authorized to approve the use of buses for field trips for curricular and extracurricular activities upon submission of requests from building administrators, classroom teachers or faculty sponsors of extracurricular activities. Chaperones approved by the building administrator shall be required on every field trip and athletic trip bus.
No fees shall be charged for transportation for field trips which are mandatory or which are a part of the regular classroom or curricular program of the schools.
Fees to cover expenses of non-mandatory and non-credit extracurricular field trips may be charged according to rules promulgated by the State Board of Education or as set by the board of education.
Only students enrolled in the district and chaperones authorized by the school shall be allowed to ride buses on curricular or extracurricular field trips. The superintendent may authorize parents and/or other residents of the community to ride buses to school-sponsored activities if sufficient space is available. In all cases, students shall come first.
Use of transportation by governmental agencies sponsoring approved programs for youth in the community may be granted upon the approval of the board.
LEGAL REF: MCL, 380.1331-1333; 257.682b; 340.241-243