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Laws and Regulations

Bus Stop Walk Distance

Laws and Regulations

Terrorist acts and violent crimes against transit employees and vehicles may be investigated, tried and punished as federal crimes.  This act extends protection to school bus transportation and their employees and passengers.  Offenses punishable under the new law, include wrecking, setting fire to or otherwise disabling or impairing of vehicle; placing or causing to be placed any biological agent or toxin for use as a weapon on or near a vehicle that would endanger the safety of passengers or employees.  A person convicted under this law will be subject to imprisonment for up to twenty years and/or life.

LA R.S. 14:122 Public Intimidation
Public intimidation is the use of violence, force or threats upon a school bus operator with the intent to influence his/her conduct in relation to his/her position, employment or duty. Whoever commits the crime of public intimidation shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both.

LA R.S. 14:63.10 Vehicular Trespass
No person shall knowingly enter into or upon a motor vehicle (school bus), of another without the consent of its owner or of any person who has a right to possession, superior to that of the entrant, when the entrant is not otherwise privileged to do so.  Whoever commits the crime of vehicle trespass shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

BESE Bulletin 1191
Responsibility of the parents or appointed designeefor both regular and special education students:

  • Provide the local educational agency with pertinent written information regarding any special care the student may need while on the bus.
  • Have the child at the designated bus stop at the regularly scheduled time and provide the necessary supervision until the bus arrives.
  • Secure the child into any specialized carrying equipment or assistive device prior to the arrival of the bus.
  • Meet the bus upon its return to the designated bus stop at the scheduled time or make appropriate provisions for the student's welfare when and if the student is unable to be met at the designated bus stop.
  • Contact the bus driver or take the child home in the afternoon if the child misses the morning bus.
  • Make a reasonable and timely effort to notify the bus operator prior to the beginning of the morning run if the child is unable to attend school.
  • Keep the bus loading area free of debris and other obstacles.

Bus Stop Walk Distance

The Lafayette Parish School System has adopted specific standards for bus stop walk distances by school groups as follows:

 Elementary - 2/10 of a mile Middle - 4/10 of a mile  High - 6/10 of a mile 

The following are exceptions to the above specifications:

  • Dead-end streets with inadequate or unsafe turnarounds longer than the above mentioned distances.
  • Private schools, parochial schools, daycare centers, and special programs.

Please contact the appropriate school for more information.