State Board Policy

DESCRIPTOR TERM: Seat Belts
CODE: 7913
ADOPTION DATE: August 21, 1987
REVISION:

THE USE OF SEAT BELTS ON SCHOOL BUSES FOR THE PROTECTION OF PHYSICALLY DISABLED CHILDREN, AS AUTHORIZED BY SECTION 37-41-3,MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, AS AMENDED

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) currently require that school buses, with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000 lbs. or less, be equipped with either lap belts of lap/shoulder belts at all designated seating positions. The larger school buses, those with a GVWR exceeding 10,000 lbs., are not required to be equipped with seat belts.

The determination of the need for a seat belt seating position for a disabled student should be based upon the recommendation of:

  1. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) Committee for those disabled students requiring an IEP
  2. The District 504 Coordinator and/or ADA Coordinator
  3. The District Transportation Director
School bus seats with seat belts must comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) No. 210 - Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages - Passenger Cars, Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles, Trucks, and Buses.


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