The DeSoto Parish School Board shall require that only authorized employees with valid drivers’ licenses be allowed to operate and drive vehicles owned or leased by the School Board.  Authorized employees shall be those employees whom the school system has authorized to drive School Board-owned or leased vehicles after having their driving records and insurance qualifications examined for acceptability by School Board staff.


The DeSoto Parish School Board requires the highest possible standards of safety of its employees in the operation of vehicles owned or leased by the School Board.  Accordingly, no person may be hired or employed for any position which includes duties involving the operation of a School Board owned or leased vehicle who has a motor vehicle record with violations for driving while intoxicated or under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, or other serious motor vehicle violations, nor whose driver’s license is suspended.




A school bus operator shall report his/her arrest for violation of any law or local ordinance that prohibits operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any abused substance or controlled dangerous substance set forth in the drug schedules enumerated in La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §40:964.  School bus operator shall mean any employee of the School Board whose duty is to transport students in any school bus or activity bus to and from school or to and from any school-related activity.


The report shall be made by the operator to the Superintendent or his/her designee.  Such report shall be made within twenty-four (24) hours of the arrest or prior to the operator next reporting for his/her work assignment as a school bus operator, whichever time period is shorter.  Such report shall be made by the school bus operator regardless of who owns or leases the vehicle being driven at the time of the offense for which the operator was arrested and regardless of whether the operator was performing an official duty or responsibility at the time of the offense.


A school bus operator who fails to report his/her arrest for violations of operating a vehicle as noted above shall be terminated by the School Board if the operator is serving a probationary term of employment, or shall be subject to removal as provided for by state law if the operator is tenured.  If the bus operator is tenured, written and signed charges alleging such failure to report violations shall be brought against the bus operator.


In the event a citation, summons or arrest involves the operation of a School Board owned or leased vehicle, the driving privileges of an employee may be immediately removed.  For an employee whose primary duty is the driving of a School Board owned or leased vehicle, the employee may be suspended with or without pay, or terminated if the violation results in conviction.




The Superintendent or his/her designee shall have the right to contact the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles for verification of driving records and for updating information to be provided to the insurer.


Approved:  November, 2003

Revised:  November, 2010



Ref:    La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§14:32.1, 14:32.8, 14:39.2, 14:98, 14:98.1, 14:98.2, 14:100, 17:491.3, 17:493

Louisiana School Transportation Specifications and Procedures, Bulletin 119, Louisiana Department of Education

Board minutes, 11-4-10


DeSoto Parish School Board