Proposed Rule

The Idaho State Department of Education (Department) is taking public comment through October 25, 2017, on proposed rulemaking docket no. 08-0202-1702, regarding Standards for Idaho School Buses and Operations.  All comments received will be published on the Department's website. You can view the proposed changes to Standards for Idaho School Buses and Operations at sde.idaho.gov/topics/admin-rules/index.html under Proposed Rules-Standards for Idaho School Buses & Operations.

DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY: The following is a statement in nontechnical language of the substance and purpose of the intended negotiated rulemaking and the principle issues involved:

This proposed rulemaking provides for the amendment of Standards for Idaho School Buses and Operations, incorporated by reference into IDAPA 08.02.03.004. The National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures were changed and approved at the 16th National Congress on School Transportation in May of 2015. The amendments to Standards for Idaho School Buses and Operations reflect the changes at the national level. Additional language has been added for clarification or to reflect manufacturing or operational procedures. Changes to Standards for Idaho School Buses and Operations include: the reformatting of school bus specifications from bus body and bus chassis standards to integrated bus standards as well as the actual specifications, alternative fuels, school bus inspections, general operations, disabilities-special health care, Idaho School Bus Withdrawal from Service Standards, and others. Furthermore, changes to the bus bidding process, general language revision, proration of non-conforming vehicles, and the reinstatement of field trip mileage, shuttle, training, and maintenance mileage was included.

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