Chapter 3327: TRANSPORTATION; TUITION

3327.01 Transportation of pupils.

Notwithstanding division (D) of section 3311.19 and division (D) of section 3311.52 of the Revised Code, this section and sections 3327.011, 3327.012, and 3327.02 of the Revised Code do not apply to any joint vocational or cooperative education school district.

In all city, local, and exempted village school districts where resident school pupils in grades kindergarten through eight live more than two miles from the school for which the state board of education prescribes minimum standards pursuant to division (D) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code and to which they are assigned by the board of education of the district of residence or to and from the nonpublic or community school which they attend, the board of education shall provide transportation for such pupils to and from that school except as provided in section 3327.02 of the Revised Code.

In all city, local, and exempted village school districts where pupil transportation is required under a career-technical plan approved by the state board of education under section 3313.90 of the Revised Code, for any student attending a career-technical program operated by another school district, including a joint vocational school district, as prescribed under that section, the board of education of the student's district of residence shall provide transportation from the public high school operated by that district to which the student is assigned to the career-technical program.

In all city, local, and exempted village school districts, the board may provide transportation for resident school pupils in grades nine through twelve to and from the high school to which they are assigned by the board of education of the district of residence or to and from the nonpublic or community high school which they attend for which the state board of education prescribes minimum standards pursuant to division (D) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code.

A board of education shall not be required to transport elementary or high school pupils to and from a nonpublic or community school where such transportation would require more than thirty minutes of direct travel time as measured by school bus from the public school building to which the pupils would be assigned if attending the public school designated by the district of residence.

Where it is impractical to transport a pupil by school conveyance, a board of education may offer payment, in lieu of providing such transportation in accordance with section 3327.02 of the Revised Code.

A board of education shall not be required to transport elementary or high school pupils to and from a nonpublic or community school on Saturday or Sunday, unless a board of education and a nonpublic or community school have an agreement in place to do so before July 1, 2014.

In all city, local, and exempted village school districts, the board shall provide transportation for all children who are so disabled that they are unable to walk to and from the school for which the state board of education prescribes minimum standards pursuant to division (D) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code and which they attend. In case of dispute whether the child is able to walk to and from the school, the health commissioner shall be the judge of such ability. In all city, exempted village, and local school districts, the board shall provide transportation to and from school or special education classes for mentally disabled children in accordance with standards adopted by the state board of education.

When transportation of pupils is provided the conveyance shall be run on a time schedule that shall be adopted and put in force by the board not later than ten days after the beginning of the school term.

The cost of any transportation service authorized by this section shall be paid first out of federal funds, if any, available for the purpose of pupil transportation, and secondly out of state appropriations, in accordance with regulations adopted by the state board of education.

No transportation of any pupils shall be provided by any board of education to or from any school which in the selection of pupils, faculty members, or employees, practices discrimination against any person on the grounds of race, color, religion, or national origin.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Effective Date: 06-29-2004; 09-29-2005; 2007 HB119 09-29-2007

3327.011 Coordinators of school transportation.

In determining how best to provide transportation, where persons or firms on or after April 1, 1965, were providing transportation to and from schools pursuant to contracts with persons or agencies responsible for the operation of such schools, the board of education responsible for transportation in accordance with section 3327.01 of the Revised Code shall give preference if economically feasible during the term of any such contract to the firm or person providing such transportation. The boards of education within the county or group of counties shall establish transportation routes, schedules, and utilization of transportation equipment. The appeals from the determination of the board of education responsible for transportation shall be taken to the state board of education.

Effective Date: 09-26-2003

3327.012 Payments for transportation to be made on current basis - contract to provide transportation service.

Payments to school districts for transportation of school pupils shall be made on a current basis according to an estimate which shall be filed with the state board of education by respective school districts in accordance with rules which the state board of education shall promulgate. The sum due the respective school district as calculated from approved cost in accordance with the rules of the board of education shall be adjusted annually in the quarter next following the end of the school year. The superintendent of public instruction, subject to the approval of the state board of education, may contract with any firm, person, or board of education to provide pupil transportation services authorized by this section. In no event shall the payment for such contract service exceed the average transportation cost per pupil, such average cost to be based on the cost of transportation of children by all boards of education in Ohio during the next preceding year.

Effective Date: 12-14-1967

3327.013 Transportation for preschoolers.

(A) A board of education, other than a board of a cooperative education school district established pursuant to divisions (A) to (C) of section 3311.52 of the Revised Code, that operates a preschool program under section 3313.646 of the Revised Code may provide transportation for children participating in the program.

(B) If the board of education of any cooperative education school district established pursuant to divisions (A) to (C) of section 3311.52 of the Revised Code operates a preschool program under section 3313.646 of the Revised Code, the boards of education of the city, local, or exempted village school districts with territory in the cooperative education school district may provide transportation for children participating in such a preschool program.

Effective Date: 07-01-1993

3327.014 Suspension from school bus riding privileges.

The board of education of a city, exempted village, local, joint vocational, or cooperative education school district may adopt a policy authorizing the district superintendent or other district administrative personnel as provided in the policy to suspend a student only from school bus riding privileges for a period of time as provided in the policy. A policy adopted under this section shall provide a student notice of an intended suspension under the policy and an opportunity to appear before the district superintendent or other district personnel as provided in the policy before a suspension under the policy is imposed. If a board of education adopts a policy under this section, the board shall post the policy in a central location in each school building of the district and make it available to students upon request.

Effective Date: 10-29-1996

3327.02 Resolution declaring impracticality of transportation - offer of payment in lieu of transportation.

(A) After considering each of the following factors, the board of education of a city, exempted village, or local school district may determine that it is impractical to transport a pupil who is eligible for transportation to and from a school under section 3327.01 of the Revised Code:

(1) The time and distance required to provide the transportation;

(2) The number of pupils to be transported;

(3) The cost of providing transportation in terms of equipment, maintenance, personnel, and administration;

(4) Whether similar or equivalent service is provided to other pupils eligible for transportation;

(5) Whether and to what extent the additional service unavoidably disrupts current transportation schedules;

(6) Whether other reimbursable types of transportation are available.

(B)

(1) Based on its consideration of the factors established in division (A) of this section, the board may pass a resolution declaring the impracticality of transportation. The resolution shall include each pupil's name and the reason for impracticality.

(2) The board shall report its determination to the state board of education in a manner determined by the state board.

(3) The board of education of a local school district additionally shall submit the resolution for concurrence to the educational service center that contains the local district's territory. If the educational service center governing board considers transportation by school conveyance practicable, it shall so inform the local board and transportation shall be provided by such local board. If the educational service center board agrees with the view of the local board, the local board may offer payment in lieu of transportation as provided in this section.

(C) After passing the resolution declaring the impracticality of transportation, the district board shall offer to provide payment in lieu of transportation by doing the following:

(1) In accordance with guidelines established by the department of education, informing the pupil's parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil of both of the following:

(a) The board's resolution;

(b) The right of the pupil's parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil to accept the offer of payment in lieu of transportation or to reject the offer and instead request the department to initiate mediation procedures.

(2) Issuing the pupil's parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil a contract or other form on which the parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil is given the option to accept or reject the board's offer of payment in lieu of transportation.

(D) If the parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil accepts the offer of payment in lieu of providing transportation, the board shall pay the parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil an amount that shall be not less than the amount determined by the general assembly as the minimum for payment in lieu of transportation, and not more than the amount determined by the department of education as the average cost of pupil transportation for the previous school year. Payment may be prorated if the time period involved is only a part of the school year.

(E)

(1)

(a) Upon the request of a parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil who rejected the payment in lieu of transportation, the department shall conduct mediation procedures.

(b) If the mediation does not resolve the dispute, the state board of education shall conduct a hearing in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. The state board may approve the payment in lieu of transportation or may order the board of education to provide transportation. The decision of the state board is binding in subsequent years and on future parties in interest provided the facts of the determination remain comparable.

(2) The school district shall provide transportation for the pupil from the time the parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil requests mediation until the matter is resolved under division (E)(1)(a) or (b) of this section.

(F)

(1) If the department determines that a school district board has failed or is failing to provide transportation as required by division (E)(2) of this section or as ordered by the state board under division (E)(1)(b) of this section, the department shall order the school district board to pay to the pupil's parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil, an amount equal to the state average daily cost of transportation as determined by the state board of education for the previous year. The school district board shall make payments on a schedule ordered by the department.

(2) If the department subsequently finds that a school district board is not in compliance with an order issued under division (F)(1) of this section and the affected pupils are enrolled in a nonpublic or community school, the department shall deduct the amount that the board is required to pay under that order from any pupil transportation payments the department makes to the school district board under section 3317.0212 of the Revised Code or other provisions of law. The department shall use the moneys so deducted to make payments to the nonpublic or community school attended by the pupil. The department shall continue to make the deductions and payments required under this division until the school district board either complies with the department's order issued under division (F)(1) of this section or begins providing transportation.

(G) A nonpublic or community school that receives payments from the department under division (F)(2) of this section shall do either of the following:

(1) Disburse the entire amount of the payments to the parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil affected by the failure of the school district of residence to provide transportation;

(2) Use the entire amount of the payments to provide acceptable transportation for the affected pupil.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 7/1/2014.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 6/30/2011.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.

Effective Date: 04-08-2003

3327.03 Designation of depots.

Notwithstanding division (D) of section 3311.19 and division (D) of section 3311.52 of the Revised Code, this section does not apply to any joint vocational or cooperative education school district. The boards of education of city, local, or exempted village school districts may by resolution designate certain places as depots from which to gather children for transportation to school, when such districts provide transportation. The places designated as depots shall be provided with a shelter and be made comfortable during cold and stormy weather.

Effective Date: 04-16-1993

3327.04 Contract for attendance of nonresident pupils.

(A) The board of education of any city, exempted village, or local school district may contract with the board of another district for the admission or transportation, or both, of pupils into any school in such other district, on terms agreed upon by such boards.

(B) The boards of two school districts may enter into a contract under this section to share the provision of transportation to a child who resides in one school district and attends school in the other district. Under such an agreement, one district may claim the total transportation subsidy available for such child under section 3317.0212 of the Revised Code or other provisions of law and may agree to pay any portion of such subsidy to the other district sharing the provision of transportation to that child. The contract shall delineate the transportation responsibilities of each district.

A school district that enters into a contract under this section is not liable for any injury, death, or loss to the person or property of a student that may occur while the student is being furnished transportation by the other school district that is a party to the contract.

(C) Whenever a board not maintaining a high school enters into an agreement with one or more boards maintaining such school for the schooling of all its high school pupils, the board making such agreement is exempt from the payment of tuition at other high schools of pupils living within three miles of the school designated in the agreement. In case no such agreement is entered into, the high school to be attended can be selected by the pupil holding an eighth grade diploma, and the tuition shall be paid by the board of the district of school residence.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 6/30/2011.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.

Effective Date: 07-01-1998

3327.05 Transportation of nonresident pupils.

(A) Except as provided in division (B) of this section, no board of education of any school district shall provide transportation for any pupil who is a school resident of another school district unless the pupil is enrolled pursuant to section 3313.98 of the Revised Code or the board of the other district has given its written consent thereto. If the board of any school district files with the state board of education a written complaint that transportation for resident pupils is being provided by the board of another school district contrary to this division, the state board of education shall make an investigation of such complaint. If the state board of education finds that transportation is being provided contrary to this section, it may withdraw from state funds due the offending district any part of the amount that has been approved for transportation pursuant to section 3317.0212 of the Revised Code or other provisions of law.

(B) Notwithstanding division (D) of section 3311.19 and division (D) of section 3311.52 of the Revised Code, this division does not apply to any joint vocational or cooperative education school district.

A board of education may provide transportation to and from the nonpublic school of attendance if both of the following apply:

(1) The parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil agrees to pay the board for all costs incurred in providing the transportation that are not reimbursed pursuant to Chapter 3317. of the Revised Code;

(2) The pupil's school district of residence does not provide transportation for public school pupils of the same grade as the pupil being transported under this division, or that district is not required under section 3327.01 of the Revised Code to transport the pupil to and from the nonpublic school because the direct travel time to the nonpublic school is more than thirty minutes.

Upon receipt of the request to provide transportation, the board shall review the request and determine whether the board will accommodate the request. If the board agrees to transport the pupil, the board may transport the pupil to and from the nonpublic school and a collection point in the district, as determined by the board. If the board transports the pupil, the board may include the pupil in the district's enrollment reported to the department of education for purposes of calculating the district's transportation ADM under section 3317.03 of the Revised Code and, accordingly, may receive a state payment under section 3317.0212 of the Revised Code or other provisions of law for transporting the pupil.

If the board declines to transport the pupil, the board, in a written communication to the parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil, shall state the reasons for declining the request.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §120.10, eff. 7/1/2014.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 6/30/2011.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.

Effective Date: 07-01-1998; 2007 HB119 09-29-2007

3327.06 Tuition - unauthorized attendance.

(A) When a pupil attends school pursuant to section 3327.04 of the Revised Code in a district other than the district in which he is entitled to attend school pursuant to division (B) or (F) of section 3313.64 or section 3313.65 of the Revised Code, tuition for such attendance shall be credited and paid in the manner provided in section 3317.08 of the Revised Code.

(B) When the board of education of a city, exempted village, or local school district admits to the schools of its district any pupil who is not entitled to be admitted to the district's schools under division (B) or (F) of section 3313.64 or section 3313.645 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code for whose attendance tuition is not an obligation of the board of another district of this state, such board shall collect tuition for the attendance of such pupil from the parents or guardian of the pupil, and the amount of tuition collected shall be the amount computed in the manner prescribed by section 3317.08 of the Revised Code. When neither the pupil nor his parents reside in this state, the amount of tuition collected shall be the amount computed in the manner prescribed by section 3317.081 or 3323.141 of the Revised Code.

(C) If a board admits to the schools of its districts any nonresident pupil for whose attendance tuition is not an obligation of the board of another district of this state or of a home as defined in section 3313.64 of the Revised Code and fails to collect tuition as required by division (B) of this section from the pupil's parents or guardian, the attendance of such pupil is unauthorized attendance.

Effective Date: 04-25-1990

3327.07 Fee for transportation charged by chartered nonpublic schools.

(A) The governing authority of a chartered nonpublic school that transports a student enrolled in the school to and from school may charge the parent or guardian of the student a fee for the transportation, if the governing authority purchased the vehicle that transports the student using no state or federal funds. The fee shall not exceed the per student cost of the transportation, as determined by the governing authority.

(B) The parent or guardian of a student who is enrolled in a chartered nonpublic school and is eligible for transportation by a school district under section 3327.01 of the Revised Code may decline that transportation and accept transportation from the chartered nonpublic school. The governing authority of a chartered nonpublic school may charge a fee under division (A) of this section regardless of whether a student is eligible for transportation under section 3327.01 of the Revised Code.

(C) The offering by the governing authority of a chartered nonpublic school of transportation to and from the school does not relieve any school district board of education from any duty imposed by sections 3327.01 and 3327.02 of the Revised Code with respect to the chartered nonpublic school's students.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 7/1/2014.

3327.08 Purchase of school buses and other transportation equipment.

Boards of education of city school districts, local school districts, exempted village school districts, cooperative education school districts, and joint vocational school districts and governing boards of educational service centers may purchase on individual contract school buses and other equipment used in transporting children to and from school and to other functions as authorized by the boards, or the boards, at their discretion, may purchase the buses and equipment through any system of centralized purchasing established by the state department of education for that purpose, provided that state subsidy payments shall be based on the amount of the lowest price available to the boards by either method of purchase. No board shall be deprived of any form of state assistance in the purchase of buses and equipment by reason of purchases of buses and equipment on an individual contract. The purchase of school buses shall be made only after competitive bidding in accordance with section 3313.46 of the Revised Code. All bids shall state that the buses, prior to delivery, will comply with the safety rules of the department of public safety adopted pursuant to section 4511.76 of the Revised Code and all other pertinent provisions of law.

Effective Date: 10-21-1997

3327.09 Procurement of motor vehicle liability and accident insurance.

The board of education of each school district shall procure for the benefit of its employees who operate a school bus, motor van, or other vehicle used in the transportation of school children motor vehicle liability insurance for injuries to persons and property. Such insurance shall be in amounts not less than one hundred thousand dollars per person, three hundred thousand dollars per occurrence, fifty thousand dollars property damage and three thousand dollars medical payments coverage. If such amounts cannot be procured by a board of education by ordinary methods from insurance companies authorized to do business in this state and the superintendent of insurance has certified that fact in writing, then the board shall procure the next highest amounts which can reasonably be procured. Each board of education may procure uninsured motorists insurance. The board of education of each school district may procure accident insurance covering all pupils and other authorized passengers transported under the authority of such board. Such accident insurance shall provide compensation for injury or death to any pupil or other authorized passenger caused by any accident arising out of or in connection with the operation of such school bus, motor van, or other vehicle used in the transportation of school children or other authorized passengers, in such amounts and upon such terms as may be agreed upon by the board and the insurance company. The insurance procured pursuant to this section shall be from one or more recognized insurance companies authorized to do business in this state.

Effective Date: 07-14-1976

3327.10 Qualifications of drivers.

(A) No person shall be employed as driver of a school bus or motor van, owned and operated by any school district or educational service center or privately owned and operated under contract with any school district or service center in this state, who has not received a certificate from either the educational service center governing board that has entered into an agreement with the school district under section 3313.843 or 3313.845 of the Revised Code or the superintendent of the school district, certifying that such person is at least eighteen years of age and is of good moral character and is qualified physically and otherwise for such position. The service center governing board or the superintendent, as the case may be, shall provide for an annual physical examination that conforms with rules adopted by the state board of education of each driver to ascertain the driver's physical fitness for such employment. Any certificate may be revoked by the authority granting the same on proof that the holder has been guilty of failing to comply with division (D)(1) of this section, or upon a conviction or a guilty plea for a violation, or any other action, that results in a loss or suspension of driving rights. Failure to comply with such division may be cause for disciplinary action or termination of employment under division (C) of section 3319.081, or section 124.34 of the Revised Code.

(B) No person shall be employed as driver of a school bus or motor van not subject to the rules of the department of education pursuant to division (A) of this section who has not received a certificate from the school administrator or contractor certifying that such person is at least eighteen years of age, is of good moral character, and is qualified physically and otherwise for such position. Each driver shall have an annual physical examination which conforms to the state highway patrol rules, ascertaining the driver's physical fitness for such employment. The examination shall be performed by one of the following:

(1) A person licensed under Chapter 4731. of the Revised Code or by another state to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery;

(2) A physician assistant;

(3) A certified nurse practitioner;

(4) A clinical nurse specialist;

(5) A certified nurse-midwife.

Any written documentation of the physical examination shall be completed by the individual who performed the examination.

Any certificate may be revoked by the authority granting the same on proof that the holder has been guilty of failing to comply with division (D)(2) of this section.

(C) Any person who drives a school bus or motor van must give satisfactory and sufficient bond except a driver who is an employee of a school district and who drives a bus or motor van owned by the school district.

(D) No person employed as driver of a school bus or motor van under this section who is convicted of a traffic violation or who has had the person's commercial driver's license suspended shall drive a school bus or motor van until the person has filed a written notice of the conviction or suspension, as follows:

(1) If the person is employed under division (A) of this section, the person shall file the notice with the superintendent, or a person designated by the superintendent, of the school district for which the person drives a school bus or motor van as an employee or drives a privately owned and operated school bus or motor van under contract.

(2) If employed under division (B) of this section, the person shall file the notice with the employing school administrator or contractor, or a person designated by the administrator or contractor.

(E) In addition to resulting in possible revocation of a certificate as authorized by divisions (A) and (B) of this section, violation of division (D) of this section is a minor misdemeanor.

(F)

(1) Not later than thirty days after June 30, 2007, each owner of a school bus or motor van shall obtain the complete driving record for each person who is currently employed or otherwise authorized to drive the school bus or motor van. An owner of a school bus or motor van shall not permit a person to operate the school bus or motor van for the first time before the owner has obtained the person's complete driving record. Thereafter, the owner of a school bus or motor van shall obtain the person's driving record not less frequently than semiannually if the person remains employed or otherwise authorized to drive the school bus or motor van. An owner of a school bus or motor van shall not permit a person to resume operating a school bus or motor van, after an interruption of one year or longer, before the owner has obtained the person's complete driving record.

(2) The owner of a school bus or motor van shall not permit a person to operate the school bus or motor van for six years after the date on which the person pleads guilty to or is convicted of a violation of section 4511.19 of the Revised Code or a substantially equivalent municipal ordinance.

(3) An owner of a school bus or motor van shall not permit any person to operate such a vehicle unless the person meets all other requirements contained in rules adopted by the state board of education prescribing qualifications of drivers of school buses and other student transportation.

(G) No superintendent of a school district, educational service center, community school, or public or private employer shall permit the operation of a vehicle used for pupil transportation within this state by an individual unless both of the following apply:

(1) Information pertaining to that driver has been submitted to the department of education, pursuant to procedures adopted by that department. Information to be reported shall include the name of the employer or school district, name of the driver, driver license number, date of birth, date of hire, status of physical evaluation, and status of training.

(2) The most recent criminal records check required by division (J) of this section has been completed and received by the superintendent or public or private employer.

(H) A person, school district, educational service center, community school, nonpublic school, or other public or nonpublic entity that owns a school bus or motor van, or that contracts with another entity to operate a school bus or motor van, may impose more stringent restrictions on drivers than those prescribed in this section, in any other section of the Revised Code, and in rules adopted by the state board.

(I) For qualified drivers who, on July 1, 2007, are employed by the owner of a school bus or motor van to drive the school bus or motor van, any instance in which the driver was convicted of or pleaded guilty to a violation of section 4511.19 of the Revised Code or a substantially equivalent municipal ordinance prior to two years prior to July 1, 2007, shall not be considered a disqualifying event with respect to division (F) of this section.

(J)

(1) This division applies to persons hired by a school district, educational service center, community school, chartered nonpublic school, or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics school established under Chapter 3326. of the Revised Code to operate a vehicle used for pupil transportation.

For each person to whom this division applies who is hired on or after November 14, 2007, the employer shall request a criminal records check in accordance with section 3319.39 of the Revised Code and every six years thereafter. For each person to whom this division applies who is hired prior to that date, the employer shall request a criminal records check by a date prescribed by the department of education and every six years thereafter.

(2) This division applies to persons hired by a public or private employer not described in division (J)(1) of this section to operate a vehicle used for pupil transportation.

For each person to whom this division applies who is hired on or after November 14, 2007, the employer shall request a criminal records check prior to the person's hiring and every six years thereafter. For each person to whom this division applies who is hired prior to that date, the employer shall request a criminal records check by a date prescribed by the department and every six years thereafter.

(3) Each request for a criminal records check under division (J) of this section shall be made to the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in the manner prescribed in section 3319.39 of the Revised Code, except that if both of the following conditions apply to the person subject to the records check, the employer shall request the superintendent only to obtain any criminal records that the federal bureau of investigation has on the person:

(a) The employer previously requested the superintendent to determine whether the bureau of criminal identification and investigation has any information, gathered pursuant to division (A) of section 109.57 of the Revised Code, on the person in conjunction with a criminal records check requested under section 3319.39 of the Revised Code or under division (J) of this section.

(b) The person presents proof that the person has been a resident of this state for the five-year period immediately prior to the date upon which the person becomes subject to a criminal records check under this section.

Upon receipt of a request, the superintendent shall conduct the criminal records check in accordance with section 109.572 of the Revised Code as if the request had been made under section 3319.39 of the Revised Code. However, as specified in division (B)(2) of section 109.572 of the Revised Code, if the employer requests the superintendent only to obtain any criminal records that the federal bureau of investigation has on the person for whom the request is made, the superintendent shall not conduct the review prescribed by division (B)(1) of that section.

(K)

(1) Until the effective date of the amendments to rule 3301-83-23 of the Ohio Administrative Code required by the second paragraph of division (E) of section 3319.39 of the Revised Code, any person who is the subject of a criminal records check under division (J) of this section and has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any offense described in division (B)(1) of section 3319.39 of the Revised Code shall not be hired or shall be released from employment, as applicable, unless the person meets the rehabilitation standards prescribed for nonlicensed school personnel by rule 3301-20-03 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

(2) Beginning on the effective date of the amendments to rule 3301-83-23 of the Ohio Administrative Code required by the second paragraph of division (E) of section 3319.39 of the Revised Code, any person who is the subject of a criminal records check under division (J) of this section and has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any offense that, under the rule, disqualifies a person for employment to operate a vehicle used for pupil transportation shall not be hired or shall be released from employment, as applicable, unless the person meets the rehabilitation standards prescribed by the rule.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.16, HB 19, §1, eff. 3/29/2010.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 1/1/2010.

Effective Date: 01-01-2004; 05-17-2006; 2007 HB67 07-03-2007; 2007 SB97 07-01-2007; 2007 HB190 11-14-2007; 2008 HB428 09-12-2008

3327.11 Board of education may furnish cost of child's room and board.

A board of education in a district which does not maintain a high school and which pays the tuition of a school resident of the district in a high school in another district, or a board which pays the tuition of a school resident of the district, in a high school in another district, of higher grade than that maintained in the given district may furnish the cost of such child's room and board while attending such school or a part of such cost, provided such amount is less than the cost of transportation of such child and provided such action is approved by the county board.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3327.12 Maintenance of school bus turn-around points.

Notwithstanding division (D) of section 3311.19 and division (D) of section 3311.52 of the Revised Code, this section does not apply to any joint vocational or cooperative education school district. The board of education of a city, local, or exempted village school district may maintain school bus turn-around points. At the request of such a board, a municipal corporation may maintain turn-around points on municipal roads; the township trustees may maintain turn-around points on township roads; and the county commissioners may maintain turn-around points on county roads. The municipal corporation, township trustees, or county commissioners may also, at the request of a board of education, maintain turn-around points located on private property after an investigation by such board of education has determined that such maintenance is necessary for the use of such private property as a turn-around point for school buses. Such board of education may provide the cost of the materials utilized for any such maintenance.

Effective Date: 04-16-1993

3327.13 Lease agreement for buses to transport nonpublic school pupils to and from school related activities.

The board of education of a school district that owns and operates buses for transporting pupils to and from school may contract with a nonpublic school located within the district to make available to the nonpublic school under a lease agreement, one or more of the district's buses to be used by the nonpublic school for transporting nonpublic school pupils to and from a school related activity that would be an approved school related activity if it were being offered by a public school within the district to public school pupils. All state board of education regulations governing the use of such buses by public schools while transporting pupils to and from school related activities shall be applicable to their use by the nonpublic school. The cost to the nonpublic school of leasing such buses shall not exceed the costs of operating such buses, as determined by the board of education of the school district. The charge to be made to the nonpublic school for the use of the buses shall be specified in the contract entered into pursuant to this section.

Effective Date: 09-30-1974

3327.14 Lease agreement for buses to transport senior citizens and adult education groups.

The board of education of any school district that owns and operates buses for transporting pupils may contract under a lease agreement with a municipal corporation or a public or nonprofit private agency or organization delivering services to the aged, to make available one or more of the district's buses or other vehicles to be used for transporting persons sixty years of age or older. The board of education of any school district may also contract under a similar agreement with any group, organization or other entity engaged in adult education activities. The cost to the lessee of leasing such buses or other vehicles shall not exceed the costs of operating such buses or other vehicles as determined by the board of education of the school district. The charge to the lessee for the use of the buses or other vehicles, which may include the cost of providing an operator holding a certificate pursuant to section 3327.10 of the Revised Code, insurance coverage, and other direct and indirect costs to the school district shall be specified in the contract entered into pursuant to this section. All state board of education regulations governing the use of such buses or other vehicles by public schools while transporting pupils to and from school related activities apply to the extent applicable to their use under this section. Any board of education making available one or more of its buses or other vehicles under this section shall procure liability and property damage in- surance, as provided in section 3327.09 of the Revised Code, covering each bus or vehicle used and each passenger transported under the leasing agreement.

Effective Date: 02-09-1976

3327.15 Use of vehicles outside state.

The board of education of any school district that owns and operates motor vehicles for transporting pupils may permit such vehicles to be used outside this state for any lawful purpose provided the entire distance traveled outside this state on any trip does not exceed one thousand miles.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.134, HB 437, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Effective Date: 01-31-1980

3327.16 Volunteer bus rider assistance program - program for pupils offered school bus transportation.

Notwithstanding division (D) of section 3311.19 and division (D) of section 3311.52 of the Revised Code, this section does not apply to any joint vocational or cooperative education school district or its superintendent.

(A) The superintendent of each school district may establish a volunteer bus rider assistance program, under which qualified adults or responsible older pupils, as determined by the superintendent, may be authorized to ride on school buses with pupils during such periods of time that the buses are being used to transport pupils to and from schools. Volunteers shall not be compensated for their services, but older pupils may be excused early from school to participate in the program. Volunteers may be assigned duties or responsibilities by the superintendent, including but not limited to, assisting younger pupils in embarking and disembarking from buses and in crossing streets where necessary to ensure the safety of the pupil, aiding the driver of the bus to maintain order on buses, assisting pupils with disabilities, and such other activities as the superintendent determines will aid in the safe and efficient transportation of pupils. Volunteers serving under this section are not employees for purposes of Chapter 4117. or 4123. of the Revised Code. Nothing in this section shall authorize a board of education to adversely affect the employment of any employee of the board.

(B) The board of education of each city, local, or exempted village school district shall present a program to all pupils in kindergarten through third grade who are offered school bus transportation and who have not previously attended such program. The program shall consist of instruction in bus rider behavior, school bus safety, and the potential problems and hazards associated with school bus ridership. The department of education shall prescribe the content and length of such program, which shall be presented within two weeks after the commencement of classes each school year.

Effective Date: 04-16-1993; 2007 HB119 09-29-2007

3327.17 Biodiesel school bus program.

The department of development shall establish a biodiesel school bus program under which the director of development shall make grants to school districts that use biodiesel fuel for pupil transportation to help offset incremental costs incurred by using biodiesel instead of one hundred per cent petroleum diesel. As used in this section, "biodiesel" has the same meaning as in section 122.075 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 2007 HB119 09-29-2007