State Board Policy
DESCRIPTOR TERM: Seat Belts
ADOPTION DATE: August 21, 1987
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:
- The Individualized Education Program (IEP) Committee for those disabled students requiring an IEP
- The District 504 Coordinator and/or ADA Coordinator
- 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.