Passenger Lap/Shoulder Belts

  • It is the position of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that they will at some point in the near future announce their intentions regarding a national policy on requiring that three-point, Passenger Lap/Shoulder Belts be installed in all newly manufactured school buses or something to that effect however in the interim it is a local decision. In 2009 Texas house bill 323, was passed into law requiring that all school buses purchased after September 10th, 2010 be equipped with 3 point belts. This law was later amended to say that this was a requirement for those districts who requested and received state funding for buses fully equipped with 3 point seat belts. The state never funded the mandate. GISD has decided that it would be in the best interest of our students to transition to buses fully equipped with 3 point seat belts as we replace our aging fleet.
     
    Policy/Law:
     
    TEC, Chapter 34: Sec. 34.013 states that a school district shall require a student riding a bus operated by or contracted for operation by the district to wear a seat belt if the bus is equipped for seat belts for all passengers on the bus.
     
     
    Usage Policy:
     
    All persons riding a school bus in GISD that is equipped with seat belts for all the passengers will/must be worn when the bus is in motion.
     
    Training:
     
    The driver will instruct each passenger on the proper use of the seat belt. How to get it on and off routinely and in the event of an evacuation.
     
    Disciplinary Program (State Mandated):
     
    1st failure or refusal to wear a seatbelt: Written warning
    2nd failure or refusal to wear a seatbelt: Letter to parents
    3rd failure or refusal to wear a seatbelt: 5-day bus riding privilege suspension
    4th failure or refusal to wear a seatbelt: 10-day suspension of bus riding privileges
    5th failure or refusal to wear a seatbelt: Bus riding privilege revoked for the remainder of the year.