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CCSD School Bus Idling Policy

 

ACTIONS TO ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY IDLING

  • Morning Delivery in school loading/unloading zones – NO IDLING ZONE
    • Drivers should cut off engine as ASAP
      • Lift bus drivers may need to leave the engine running if loading or unloading a wheel chair
      • Special needs bus drivers may need to idle for heat or air conditioning to accommodate a medically fragile student
    • Driver should not start engine again until a check for students and belongings is completed and driver is ready and it is clear to depart (keep radio on for communication)
  • Afternoon Pick-Up in school loading/unloading zones – NO IDLING ZONE
    • Drivers should cut off engine as ASAP (keep radio on for communication)
      • If this is driver’s 2nd load then be sure to check for students and belongings upon arrival
    • If the school is designed for angle parking, then utilization in the afternoon will place the exhaust further away from student walk paths and the school
    • In cold weather the school may permit drivers to enter the school and go to a designated location to stay warm
      • Remember to respect the educational environment
    • OR in cold weather drivers may congregate on one bus (for health and safety) and keep only one engine running while waiting for P.M. dismissal
      • If drivers gather on one bus be sure the bus is well away from the school and any school building air intakes
    • Drivers MUST ensure that they are back on their bus prior to dismissal
    • Driver should not start engine again until driver is ready and it is clear to depart
  • Field & Athletic Trip destinations – NO IDLING ZONE
    • Drivers should not idle while waiting for students during field or athletic trips
      • Exception would be for driver/student health and safety under extreme temperature conditions (see #5, “Exceptions”, item “c”)
        • Minimize idling under these conditions and move the bus to a position well away from the school/building where possible
          • When idling is required to warm or cool the bus if the driver is required to stay with the bus for security reasons
          • When idling is required to warm or cool the bus prior to departure
  • Pre-Trip Inspection
    • Drivers should keep idling to a minimum
      • Limit to the time required for inspecting the bus and the equipment on the bus
        • No more than 8 to 10 minutes (see #5, “Exceptions”, item “c”)
      • Drivers should not routinely start and unnecessarily leave the bus running
  • Exceptions – Provided all reasonable steps are taken to minimize idling, the following exceptions apply:
    • Idling is sometimes required in freezing weather
      • For deicing the windshield
      • Or to thaw air brake lines
    • Idling may be necessary for passenger and driver health and safety
      • If the outside temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below, then idling MAY be required for adequate heat
      • If the outside temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit or more, and the climate inside the bus is unsafe, then idling COULD be required for adequate cooling (not to be abused).
        • BUT the lowering of windows and other measures to minimize or eliminate idling at these warm weather temperatures is highly desired (preferred method)
      • Recommend that idling take place outside the school zone in the afternoon (where possible) if there is a requirement to maintain a safe and healthy temperature
        • In this case you would enter the school zone just prior to dismissal and shut off the engine
    • Extended idling may also be required for cold weather fleet start-up
      • If the outside temperature is 20 Fahrenheit degrees or below

Georgia’s 18,000 school bus driver’s actions to eliminate unnecessary idling can make a significant impact.  Collectively, they can make a huge difference in creating a healthier and cleaner environment and in protecting THEIR health and the health of THEIR STUDENTS.

Remember – under all conditions, including the exceptions noted, eliminate any unnecessary idling.