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Regulations, Standards, Statutes & Guidelines

This document was prepared by the Kansas Department of Education School Bus Safety Unit with the goal of providing a comprehensive document to assist Kansas school transportation personnel as they ensure the safest possible transportation for thier students.  If you have any questions please contact us.

While we strive to provide accurate information, there may be inadvertent inaccuracies and typographical errors in this document.  Unless otherwise noted all information from this document is reproducible.

Kansas School Transportation Regulations, Standards, Statutes and Guidelines May 2014 

National School Transportation Specifications & Procedures

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 School Transportation Specifications and Procedures 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.

FMVSS Website

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)

Past Issues

Mandates

Document containing a number of pupil transportation mandates to be followed by Kansas public school districts, contract transportation providers, head start agencies, and non-public schools.  Further information is contained in the Kansas School Transportation Regulations, Standards, Statues, and Guidelines, effective May, 2013.

Current Mandates (PDF)

Kansas Administrative Regulations for School Bus Transportation

This link will take you to the Kansas Administrative Regulations (KAR's) regarding School Transportation and the Kansas Department of Education.

Kansas Bus Regulations (KAR's)

School Bus Safety Director
Keith Dreiling
785-296-4567
785-296-6659 (fax)
kdreiling@ksde.org

School Bus Safety Assistant Director
Dennis Tate
785-296-4545
dtate@ksde.org

Questions about this page contact:
Wilma Crabtree
785-296-3551
wcrabtree@ksde.org

Deb Romine
785-296-3570
dromine@ksde.org

 

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