The School Committee does not encourage the use of private vehicles to transport students to and/or from school activities. However, in rare instances when private transportation appears to be the most viable option, the Superintendent’s permission must be requested in advance. Under no circumstances will the Superintendent authorize the transporting of students by other students in private vehicles. Except as specifically noted below, school committee members, administrators, and employees are strictly prohibited from transporting students to and/or from school and/or school activities, unless the student is the child of the individual. In urgent and/or emergency situations (e.g., a bus breaks down and no spare bus is available), the Superintendent and police department will be contacted to ensure the safe transportation of students.
If any student does not use the transportation provided by the school district, he/she assumes full responsibility and risk.
Permission for use of private vehicles must be requested sufficiently in advance of the event to allow the Superintendent to grant or deny permission. The Superintendent will make her/his decision based upon a number of factors, including but not limited to, proof of sufficient insurance coverage, driver’s safe driving record, distance, time of day, weather conditions, and number of students involved.
Notwithstanding the prohibition contained in paragraph I above, the Committee authorizes the Home to School Liaison to transport students to their home in emergency situations only. The Home to School Liaison must obtain prior approval from the Superintendent in each instance where it is deemed necessary to transport a student, and the Superintendent will review the factors listed above in making his/her decision.
Should private transportation be approved, all drivers will be subject to the district’s CORI policy.
Lexington Public Schools, Lexington MA
Adopted by Lexington School Committee: July 2015