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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can schools use vans to transport students?

Yes, but the capacity of the van cannot exceed 10 passengers, not including the driver. The total number a van can carry is 11; 10 passengers plus the driver.

Please note that modified 15-passenger vans have been phased out as pupil transportation vehicles. On June 7, 2011, modified 15-passenger vans are not considered small vehicles and schools will not be able to use them to transport students. The 15-passenger vans are those vans originally manufactured as 15 passenger vans but have been modified to have a total capacity of 10 passengers plus the driver.


Modifying the seating of a used 12-passenger van to decrease the capacity to 10 passengers plus the driver is acceptable.  However, if you are ordering a new 12-passenger van, the seating must be configured to seat a total of 10 including the driver (in compliance with Federal Regulations) and be sure the vehicle has been recertified as a "multipassenger vehicle."

When considering the purchase of a new van to be used as a pupil transportation vehicle, schools must be certain the chassis is not the same size as a 15-passenger van chassis.  Some manufacturers are selling new vans as 10 or 11 passenger vehicles but are actually built on a 15-passenger chassis.  Those vehicles cannot be used to transport students.

Small vehicles such as Chevy Surburbans or Dodge Caravans will continue to be acceptable to transport school students.

2. How long can a student ride a bus?

There are no statutes or rules that refer to a time limit that a student can ride a bus.  However, schools may have local policies that address this issue.  Many schools try to limit ride time to about 75 minutes, but this all depends on the geographical size of the school district.

3. What does the "four-mile" limit for transportation mean?

Statute 79-611 (R.R.S) requires public schools to provide transportation or pay reimbursement to parents in lieu of transportation for students who live four miles or more from school. Contact Janice Eret at 402/471-2248 or janice.eret@nebraska.gov for more information. 

4.  Can non-public students ride a public school bus?

Statute 79-601 (R.R.S.) states a school board of any public school district that provides transportation for children attending that public school shall also provide transportation without cost for children residing in the district that attend non-profit, non-public schools lying within that same district.  Transportation provided for the non-profit, non-public school children only extends from some point on the regular public school route nearest or most easily accessible to their home to and from a point on the public school route. 

In essence, the public school bus can pick up children attending non-profit, non-public schools but is not required to drive outside of the regular route (established by the district to pick up the public school children) in order to pick up children attending non-profit, non-public schools

5. What is the reimbursement rate to parents for the transportation of their children?

Click here to access the current reimbursement rate information.  Contact Janice Eret at 402/471-2248 or janice.eret@nebraska.gov for more information.

   

6. Can schools use buses to transport adults to a community activity?

According to state statute, schools buses can only be used for school-related activities.  Schools are strongly encouraged to contact their school attorney and insurance company before considering transporting adults for a non-school activity.

Program Contacts
  • Janice Eret: (402) 471-2248 or janice.eret@nebraska.gov
  • Bryce Wilson: (402) 471-3323 or bryce.wilson@nebraska.gov

Updated on 03/27/2014