R277. Education, Administration.
R277-600. Student Transportation Standards and Procedures.
R277-600-1. Authority and Purpose.
(1) This rule is authorized by:
(a) Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3, which vests general control and supervision over public schools in the Board;
(b) Subsection 53E-3-501(1)(d), which directs the Board to establish rules for bus routes, bus safety and other transportation needs;
(c) Sections 53F-2-402 and 53F-2-403, which provide for distribution of funds for transportation of public school students;
(d) Section 53F-2-417, which directs the Board to make rules to implement rural school district transportation grants; and
(e) Subsection 53E-3-401(4), which allows the Board to make rules to execute the Board's duties and responsibilities under the Utah Constitution and state law.
(2) The purpose of this rule is to specify the standards under which school districts may qualify for and receive state transportation funds.
(1) "ADA" means average daily attendance.
(2) "ADM" means average daily membership.
(3) "AFR" means a school district's annual financial report, one component of which is the AFR for all pupil transportation costs.
(4) "Annual Program Report" or "APR" has the same meaning as defined in Section R277-484-2.
(5)(a) "Approved costs" means the Board approved costs of transporting eligible students from home to school to home once each day, after-school routes, approved routes for students with disabilities and vocational students attending school outside their regularly assigned attendance boundary, and a portion of the bus purchase prices.
(b) All approved costs are adjusted by the Superintendent consistent with a Board-approved formula per the annual legislative transportation appropriation.
(6) "Deadhead miles" means miles traveled while operating a bus with no passengers on board.
(7) "Extended school year" or "ESY" means an extension of the school district or charter school traditional school year to provide special education and related services to a student with a disability, in accordance with the student's IEP, and at no cost to the student's parent or guardian.
(8) "Hazardous" means in a state of danger or potential danger, which may result in injury or death.
(9) "Local school board" means a local school district board of education.
(10) "Multipurpose passenger vehicle" or "MPV" means any motor vehicle with less than 10 passenger positions, including the driver's position, which cannot be certified as a bus.
(11) "Public route" means a road, thoroughfare, walkway, or highway.
(12) "Pupil Transportation Advisory Committee" means the committee described in Subsection 53F-2-403(5).
(13) "Pupil Transportation Schedule A1" means a report submitted annually to the Superintendent covering all estimated miles and minutes of to/from pupil transportation within an LEA.
(14) "Out-of-pocket expense" means gasoline, oil, and tire expenses.
R277-600-3. General Provisions.
(1)(a) The Superintendent shall use state transportation funds to reimburse school districts for the costs reasonably related to transporting students to and from school.
(b) The Board shall define the limits of a school district's transportation costs reimbursable by state funds in a manner that encourages safety, economy, and efficiency.
(2) Allowable transportation costs are divided into two categories:
(a) A Category costs include expenditures for regular bus routes established by the school district, and approved by the state.
(b) B Category costs include other methods of transporting students to and from school.
(3) The Superintendent shall develop a formula to allocate A Category costs based on a calculated rate.
(4) The Superintendent shall approve B Category costs on a line-by-line basis after:
(a) comparing the costs submitted by a school district with the costs of alternative methods of performing the designated functions; and
(b) accounting for legislative appropriation variations.
(5) The Superintendent shall develop a uniform accounting procedure for the financial reporting of transportation costs, which shall specify the methods used to calculate allowable transportation costs.
(6) The Superintendent shall develop uniform forms for the administration of the transportation program.
(7)(a) An LEA shall record all student transportation costs, including accurate mileage, minute, and trip records.
(b) An LEA may maintain records and financial worksheets during the fiscal year for audit purposes.
(1) The Superintendent shall only disburse state transportation funds for transporting eligible students.