SEC. 37-41-1. Promulgation of rules and regulations.
The State Board of Education is authorized, empowered and directed to promulgate rules and regulations for:
(a) Setting standards for public school bus routes;
(b) Approving or disapproving plans for public school routes;
(c) Setting standards for public school buses;
(d) Setting standards for public school bus drivers;
(e) Formulating procedure for selecting public school bus drivers;
(f) Formulating courses of training for public school bus drivers and mechanics, and assist in administering and financing such courses;
(g) Providing operation procedure for public school buses to insure safety of pupils;
(h) Furnishing consultative supervision for the operation of county school bus garages, and approving plans for such garages and the proposed expenditure of transportation funds therefor;
(i) Formulating specifications for use in purchasing public school buses; getting bids on public school buses; equipment and supplies; and fixing prices based upon said bids which school districts may not exceed in purchasing said equipment;
(j) Formulating specifications for use by school districts in purchasing used school buses;
(k) Providing a system of records and reports for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of Sections 37-41-1 through 37-41-51, and providing the superintendent of schools or administrative superintendent with a sufficient supply of report forms;
(l) Conduct upon said buses; and
(m) The method by which, and the circumstances in which, any individual who is not a student scheduled to be a passenger upon that particular bus, a member of the public school administration or faculty, or a law enforcement official may obtain entry upon said buses.
All rules and regulations adopted and promulgated by the State Board of Education relating to school bus drivers shall also be applicable to drivers of privately-owned buses transporting public school children.
All rules and regulations adopted and promulgated by the State Board of Education pursuant to the authority conferred by this section shall be spread at large upon the minutes of the State Board of Education and copies thereof shall be furnished to all school boards not less than thirty (30) days prior to the effective date of such rules and regulations.
SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Sec. 6336-11; Laws, 1953, Ex Sess, ch. 15, Sec. 10; 1973, ch. 339, Sec. 1; 1974, ch. 499; 1981, ch. 482, Sec. 2; 1986, ch. 492, Sec. 129, eff from and after July 1, 1987.