ASBSD continues our coordinating role for the Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts on the occasion a bus traveling outside of the district fails.
In the event of an emergency, a school bus driver, or authorized personnel, would call the nearest cooperating Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact district to secure a bus and/or driver to ensure students reach their destination safely.
Within 30 days, the appealing district is required to pay the assisting district for round-trip mileage based on a cost-per-mile basis. The cost-per-mile is determined by reports to the Department of Education from the previous year. The driver would be paid by the appealing district according to the normal rate set by the assisting district, plus any additional stay-over expenses.
Districts that agree to participate in this Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact should be sure that they have “non-owned and rented vehicle” insurance coverage under their present policy or make immediate arrangements to get such coverage. Associated School Boards Property Liability provides its member schools with this coverage. The additional cost is a negligible consideration.
ASBSD will supply cooperating districts with a list of emergency phone numbers to ensure they receive assistance as quickly as possible.