Proposed changes to rules impacting pupil transportation services

Special Education Transportation Rule

On November 19 ODE sent out a communication with proposed changes to the transportation of children with disabilities rule.  To review the proposed changes, select the following link:  OAC 3301-51-10 proposed changes

Anyone wishing to submit comments on the proposed changes is asked to submit those comments to rulecomments@education.ohio.gov prior to February 19, 2019

Regular Education Transportation Rules:

ODE is currently proposing changes to certain sections of the transportation operation and safety rules.  This proposal is currently pending before the State Board of Education.  To review the proposed rules, select the following link: Rules proposal link

In addition to this proposal, ODE is also working on another set of proposals for the remaining rules.  Stakeholders recently met with ODE on this second set.  ODE staff indicated they will be reconsidering their proposed changes and will provide additional information at some time in the near future.

 

Pupil transportation regulations

All school transportation in Ohio must comply with the Ohio Pupil Transportation Operation and Safety Rules, which are comprised of revised code and administrative rule. This requirement is based on Ohio Revised Code (RC) 4511.76.  

Download the complete set of rules:
Pupil Transportation Rules-condensed size
Pupil Transportation Rules-full size

School transportation staff requirements
School bus drivers, van drivers and bus attendants must meet many requirements to perform their duties. The staff requirements chart provides an overview of the requirements for each and their source in Ohio law. (Chart updated 2/2016 to clarify source of training for van drivers).

Criminal background checks for driving staff
School bus drivers and van drivers are subject to criminal background checks. RC 3327.10 requires individuals who have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any offense listed in Ohio Administrative Code 3301-83-23 shall not be hired or shall be released from employment, as applicable, unless the person meets the rehabilitation requirements.  

In July 2015, the Ohio Department of Education published the Standards for Employment of School Bus and School Van Drivers with Criminal Charges and Convictions to summarize the changes in regulations leading to the final rule. It includes a chart that summarizes the offenses and lists the eligiblity for rehabilitation for each.  

Steps for training new drivers - school bus and van
There are many steps to train a new bus driver or new van driver. The accompanying chart summarizes them, and compares the differences between training a bus driver and a van driver. Download the training summary