WSR 04-08-055

PERMANENT RULES

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION


[ Filed April 2, 2004, 9:09 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: March 19, 2004.

Purpose: To adopt changes to chapter 180-20 WAC. These changes included updating the definitions section, modifying the process for temporary authorizations, added new language regarding the training and qualifications of school bus driver instructors, and more clearly defined the minimum requirements of school bus drivers.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending 3 [WAC 180-20-009, 180-20-101, and 180-20-111].

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.160.210.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 04-04-087 on February 3, 2004.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 3, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 1, Amended 3, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

March 25, 2004

Larry Davis

Executive Director

OTS-6954.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-18-055, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02)

WAC 180-20-009   Definitions.   The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise:

(1) (("Student" means the following:

(a) Any person enrolled in a school program who is under the supervision, direction, or control of the motor vehicle operator authorized under this chapter;

(b) Any person enrolled in a school program in any public school served by the motor vehicle operator;

(c) Any person enrolled in a school program in any public school while attending a school related activity at which the motor vehicle operator is performing professional duties; or

(d) Any former student who is under eighteen years of age and who has been under the supervision, direction, or control of the motor vehicle operator. Former student, for the purpose of this section, includes, but is not limited to, dropouts, graduates, and students who transfer to other districts or schools.

(2))) "School bus driver" means a person, who is employed by a school district including contracted drivers under WAC 180-20-031 (1) and (2) and as part of that employment or contract, operates a school bus as defined in WAC 392-143-010, as well as other motor vehicles for the regularly scheduled transportation of students between home and school, and for school related activities on routinely scheduled routes. School buses shall be operated by authorized drivers when transporting students. An authorized school bus driver may also transport students on field trips and other school related activities.

(((3))) (2) "A school bus driver's authorization" means an authorization issued by the superintendent of public instruction indicating that the person has met state board of education requirements to operate a school bus or other motor vehicle for the purpose of transporting students to and from school routinely on scheduled routes and/or school activities.

(((4))) (3) "School bus driver instructor's ((endorsement)) authorization" means an ((endorsement)) authorization issued by the superintendent of public instruction to a person successfully completing the superintendent of public instruction approved school bus driver instructor course. This ((endorsement)) authorization qualifies a person to train and verify the training of school bus drivers. This ((endorsement)) authorization shall lapse unless the holder successfully completes an annual school bus driver instructor's in-service course.

(((5))) (4) "School bus driver training course" means a course established by the superintendent of public instruction and taught by ((a qualified)) an authorized school bus driver instructor. This course shall be successfully completed by all applicants for a continuing school bus driver's authorization.

(((6))) (5) "School bus driver annual in-service training course" means an annual course taught by ((a qualified)) an authorized school bus driver instructor. The content and minimum time requirements of such course shall be annually determined by the superintendent of public instruction and shall be required to be completed by the end of the school year by all authorized school bus drivers.

(((7))) (6) "School bus driver instructor's course" means a training program authorized by the superintendent of public instruction to qualify a person as a school bus driver instructor.

(((8))) (7) "Instructor's annual in-service course" means an annual required course, the content of which shall be determined by the superintendent of public instruction. Successful completion of this course prevents the instructor's ((qualification)) authorization from lapsing.

(((9))) (8) "Serious behavioral problem" includes, but is not limited to, conduct which indicates unfitness to carry out the responsibilities related to the occupation or job performance of transporting children, such as: Dishonesty; immorality; or misuse of alcohol, a controlled substance, or a prescription drug; or furnishing alcohol or controlled substances to a minor or student.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.160.210. 02-18-055, 180-20-009, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 180-20-021   Training and qualifications of school bus driver instructors -- Administration.   It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent of public instruction to administer the program of training and qualifications of school bus driver instructors consistent with the provisions of this chapter. The superintendent of public instruction shall determine the qualifications necessary for applicants for the school bus driver instructor course and qualifications necessary for continuation of the school bus driver instructor authorization. Each school bus driver instructor shall verify annually that they continue to meet said qualifications. Intentional falsification of school bus driver training records shall result in permanent disqualification. In the case of denial of authorization or disqualification, the superintendent of public instruction shall provide an appeal process consistent with the provisions of this chapter.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-18-055, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02)

WAC 180-20-101   Minimum qualifications of school bus drivers.   (1) Every school bus driver must meet and continue to meet the following minimum requirements:

(a) Be at least twenty-one years of age.

(b) Have a valid driver's license or commercial driver's license, as required by law, issued by the state department of licensing.

(c) Have at least one year of experience as a driver of a truck or commercial vehicle requiring a special endorsement or, in the alternative, at least three years of experience as a driver of a passenger vehicle.

(d) Hold a current and valid first-aid card or equivalent which certifies that the applicant has completed a course in the basic principles of first aid.

(e) Submit to the school district a disclosure of all crimes against children or other persons and all civil adjudications in a dependency action or in a domestic relation action and all disciplinary board final decisions of sexual abuse or exploitation or physical abuse as required by RCW 43.43.834(2) and disclosure of all convictions which may be grounds for denial of authorization under (h), (i), and (j) of this subsection.

(f) Submit to a criminal record check according to chapter 28A.400 RCW which shows that no offenses have been committed which would be grounds for denial of an authorization.

(g) Shall not have misrepresented or concealed a material fact in obtaining a school bus driver's authorization or in reinstatement thereof in the previous five years.

(h) Shall not have had a driving license privilege suspended or revoked as a result of a moving violation as defined in WAC 308-104-160 within the preceding three years or have had their commercial driver's license suspended or revoked within the preceding three years; a certified copy of the suspension or revocation order issued by the department of licensing being conclusive evidence of the suspension or revocation.

(i) Shall not have incurred three or more speeding tickets ((in excess)) of ten miles per hour or more over the speed limit within ((any twelve-month period, within)) the last thirty-six months.

(j) Shall not have been convicted of any misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony (including instances in which a plea of guilty or nolo contendere is the basis for the conviction) nor under a deferred prosecution under chapter 10.05 RCW where the conduct or alleged conduct is related to the occupation of a school bus driver, including but not limited to the following:

(i) Any felony crime involving the physical neglect of a child under chapter 9A.42 RCW, the physical injury or death of a child under chapter 9A.32 or 9A.36 RCW, sexual exploitation of a child under chapter 9.68A RCW; sexual offenses under chapter 9A.44 RCW where a minor is the victim; promoting prostitution of a minor under chapter 9A.88 RCW; the sale or purchase of a minor child under RCW 9A.64.030, or violation of similar laws of another jurisdiction;

(ii) Any crime involving the use, sale, possession, or transportation of any controlled substance or prescription within the last seven years: Provided, That in the case of felony convictions, the applicable time limit shall be ten years;

(iii) Any crime involving driving when a driver's license is suspended or revoked, hit and run driving, driving while intoxicated, being in physical control of motor vehicle while intoxicated, reckless driving, negligent driving of a serious nature, vehicular assault or vehicular homicide, within the last three years;

(iv) Any crime against children or other persons as defined in RCW 43.43.830(5) when the date of the conviction or prison release, which ever is more recent, is within ten years of the date of the job application for felonies and within seven years for other crimes.

(k) Shall not have been found in any dependency action under RCW 13.34.030 to have sexually assaulted or exploited any minor or to have physically abused any minor, within the last seven years.

(l) Shall not have been found by a court in a domestic relation proceeding under Title 26 RCW, to have sexually abused or exploited any minor or to have physically abused any minor, within the last seven years.

(m) Shall not have been found in any disciplinary board final decision to have sexually or physically abused or exploited any minor or developmentally disabled person, within the last seven years.

(n) Shall not have intentionally and knowingly transported public school students within the state of Washington within the previous five years with an expired, lapsed, surrendered, or revoked school bus driver's authorization in a position for which authorization is required under this chapter. Shall not have intentionally and knowingly transported public school students within the state of Washington within the previous five years with a suspended driver's license.

(o) Shall not have a serious behavioral problem which endangers the educational welfare or personal safety of students, teachers, bus drivers, or other colleagues. This subsection shall not be applied so as to deny, revoke, or suspend authorizations to any individual for the orderly exercise during off-duty hours of any rights guaranteed under the law to citizens generally, except where such conduct indicates a safety risk for the transportation of students.

(2) Every school bus driver must also meet and continue to meet the following requirements:

(a) Verification by a local school district that the person seeking a school bus driver authorization:

(i) Is physically able to maneuver and control a school bus under all driving conditions; and

(ii) Is physically able to use all hand/or foot operated controls and equipment found on state minimum specified school buses; and

(iii) Is physically able to perform daily routine school bus vehicle safety inspections and necessary emergency roadside services; and

(iv) Has sufficient strength and agility to move about in a school bus as required to provide assistance to students in evacuating the bus. The driver must be able to move from a seated position in a sixty-five passenger school bus, or the largest school bus the driver will be operating, to the emergency door, open the emergency door, and exit the bus through the emergency door, all within twenty-five seconds.

(b) Provide verification of passing a medical examination every twenty-four months in accordance with the standards established in 49 C.F.R. 391.41 through 391.49, of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. School bus drivers must continue to meet these medical examination requirements during the time between examinations. This requirement does not prevent a school district from requesting a more frequent examination.

(c) Satisfactorily complete a ((comprehensive)) school bus driver training course and each year thereafter, satisfactorily complete a school bus driver in-service training course.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.160.210. 02-18-055, 180-20-101, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02; 99-08-004, 180-20-101, filed 3/25/99, effective 4/25/99; 96-20-042, 180-20-101, filed 9/24/96, effective 10/25/96; 93-08-007, 180-20-101, filed 3/24/93, effective 4/24/93.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-18-055, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02)

WAC 180-20-111   Authorization required -- Duration -- Issuing procedures -- Temporary authorizations.   (1) Every school bus driver shall meet the requirements for a school bus driver's authorization or temporary school bus driver's authorization issued in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. An authorization is no longer valid if suspended, lapsed, or revoked.

(2) A school bus driver's authorization shall continue in effect from year to year as long as the person continues to meet the requirements of this chapter or until the authorization lapses or is suspended or revoked.

(3) School bus driver authorizations shall be issued by the superintendent of public instruction upon request by an authorized representative of the employing school district. The employing school district shall forward to the superintendent of public instruction an application for a school bus driver authorization prior to issuance.

(4) The following verifications relating to the applicant must be provided by the employing school district:

(a) Verification by a school bus driver instructor of successful completion of the school bus driver training course as required by this chapter.

(b) Verification that it has on file a medical health certification as required by this chapter.

(c) Verification that it has on file a current five-year complete driver's abstract, including departmental actions, of the applicant's employment and nonemployment driving record issued by the department of licensing verifying compliance with all provisions of this chapter. The issue date of this abstract must be within sixty calendar days of the date the application is being submitted for authorization.

(d) Verification that the applicant has a current and valid first-aid card or equivalent.

(e) Verification that it has on file a disclosure statement in compliance with preemployment inquiry regulations in WAC 162-12-140, signed by the applicant, specifying all convictions which relate to fitness to perform the job of a school bus driver under WAC 180-20-101 and all crimes against children or other persons, that meets the requirements of RCW 43.43.834(2).

(f) Verification that it has on file the results of a criminal record check as required under chapter 28A.400 RCW and that such results establish that the applicant has not committed any offense which constitutes grounds for denying, suspending, or revoking an authorization under this chapter.

(g) Verification that it has on file an applicant's disclosure of all serious behavioral problems which explains the nature of all such problems and/or conditions, a listing of the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, therapists, or other health care practitioners of any kind or hospitals, clinics, or other facilities who have examined and/or treated the applicant for such problems and/or conditions and dates of examinations, therapy, or treatment and the school district has determined that any reported serious behavioral problem does not endanger the education welfare or personal safety of students, teachers, bus drivers, or other colleagues.

(h) Verification that the applicant complies with all of the requirements for school bus drivers set forth in this chapter.

(5)(a) Upon approval of an application, the superintendent of public instruction shall issue a notice of school bus driver authorization to the employing school district.

(b) Subsequent authorizations for an individual driver with new or additional employing school districts must be issued from the superintendent of public instruction to such districts prior to the operation of any motor vehicle for the transportation of children.

(6) On or before August 15 of each year, the superintendent of public instruction will provide each school district with a list of authorized drivers and their status.

(7) A temporary authorization may be issued ((by an educational service district superintendent)) upon application by an authorized representative of the employing school district subject to compliance with the following provisions:

(a) Issuing procedure.

(i) Application for a temporary authorization must be approved by an authorized representative of the employing school district, verified by said school official that the applicant meets the qualification requirements set forth in WAC 180-20-101 (except for a course in first aid and/or the results of a requested criminal record check), and further verified by a school bus driver instructor that the applicant has satisfactorily completed the school bus driver training course, as defined in this chapter. ((The application shall be submitted to the educational service district superintendent for approval.))

(ii) Upon approval ((of the application by the educational service district superintendent,)) the temporary authorization will be transmitted to the employing school district.

(b) Effective period. The temporary authorization shall be valid for a period of sixty calendar days and shall be nonrenewable: Provided, That the ((issuing educational service district superintendent may extend such period)) temporary authorization may be extended for a reasonable number of days when extenuating circumstances exist.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.160.210. 02-18-055, 180-20-111, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02; 99-08-004, 180-20-111, filed 3/25/99, effective 4/25/99; 96-20-042, 180-20-111, filed 9/24/96, effective 10/25/96; 93-08-007, 180-20-111, filed 3/24/93, effective 4/24/93.]

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