The 2010 National Congress on School Transportation was the latest in a series beginning in 1939 and continuing in 1945, 1948, 1951, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1970, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005. All congresses (referred to as "conferences" before 2005) have been made up of official representatives of state departments of education, public safety, motor vehicles, and police or other state agencies having state-wide responsibilities for the administration of student transportation; local school district personnel; contract operators; advisors from industry and representatives from other interested professional organizations and groups. Each conference has resulted in one or more publications that contain the recommendations of the respective conference.
The National Standards for School Buses and Operations is a document that is nationally and internationally known as a guideline appropriate for school bus construction and operations. It is reviewed and revised every five years.
K.A.R. 91-38-4 requires the seller or lessor of a school bus to certify to the buyer that school buses purchased meet these standards, as well as all federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) in effect on the date of manufacture for the bus.
Even though it is the seller's responsibility to document compliance with these standards, each superintendent, school transportation director, and contract manager is encouraged to be familiar with the National Standards to ensure compliance.
2010 National School Transportation Specifications & Procedures (PDF)