No Idling Policy

Explanation: Almost 10.5 million days of school are missed each year due to asthma.[59] There is a strong link between asthma, air quality, and student exposure to exhaust from automobiles.[60] Research confirms that poor air quality often exists in and around schools.[61] Air pollution is particularly hazardous to children, due to their fast respiratory rate and developing bodies and brains.[62] In addition, exposure to exhaust inside of buses and automobiles is a serious health risk, even more than walking or bicycling near those vehicles.[63] Modern motor vehicles do not need to keep running when not in use, except where temperature extremes necessitate idling to ensure a safe temperature inside the vehicle. Schools can improve air quality and decrease student exposure to automobile exhaust by working to reduce traffic, getting more students to engage in active transportation, converting diesel bus fleets to those with cleaner fuel capabilities,[64] and eliminating vehicle idling around schools.  This policy codifies concrete measures regarding idling on or near school grounds.

Option 1: District acknowledges that idling motor vehicles on or near school campuses increase air pollution, negatively affecting the health of everyone in the vicinity of the school, particularly children. Accordingly, District prohibits all motor vehicles, including passenger cars and school buses, from idling on school grounds.

School bus drivers shall turn off engines immediately upon reaching their destination. During pick-up time, school buses shall not idle while waiting for students to board and shall not be restarted until they are ready to depart and there is a clear path to exit the pick-up area. Warm-up time shall be limited to three to five minutes, unless the temperature or other safety condition requires additional time. In severe weather, when the temperature of the interior of the bus is an issue, idling is to be kept at a minimum and shall occur outside of the school zone.[65]

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Option 2: District acknowledges that idling motor vehicles on or near school campuses increase air pollution, negatively affecting the health of everyone in the vicinity of the school, particularly children. Accordingly, District prohibits all motor vehicles, including passenger cars and school buses, from idling on school grounds.

School bus drivers shall turn off engines immediately upon reaching their destination. During pick-up time, school buses shall not idle while waiting for students to board and shall not be restarted until they are ready to depart and there is a clear path to exit the pick-up area. Warm-up time shall be limited to three to five minutes, unless the temperature or other safety condition requires additional time. In severe weather, when the temperature of the interior of the bus is an issue, idling is to be kept at a minimum and shall occur outside of the school zone.[65]

“No idling” signs shall be posted at each school to alert bus drivers, families, vendors, and visitors that engines should be turned off when vehicles are waiting or parked.  In addition, when extreme temperatures exist, all schools must allow the bus driver to wait on school grounds or in a temperature-controlled room until the driver needs to be in the bus.

 

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Option 3: District acknowledges that idling motor vehicles on or near school campuses increase air pollution, negatively affecting the health of everyone in the vicinity of the school, particularly children. Accordingly, District prohibits all motor vehicles, including passenger cars and school buses, from idling on school grounds.

School bus drivers shall turn off engines immediately upon reaching their destination. During pick-up time, school buses shall not idle while waiting for students to board and shall not be restarted until they are ready to depart and there is a clear path to exit the pick-up area. Warm-up time shall be limited to three to five minutes, unless the temperature or other safety condition requires additional time. In severe weather, when the temperature of the interior of the bus is an issue, idling is to be kept at a minimum and shall occur outside of the school zone.[65]

“No idling” signs shall be posted at each school to alert bus drivers, families, vendors, and visitors that engines should be turned off when vehicles are waiting or parked.  In addition, when extreme temperatures exist, all schools must allow the bus driver to wait on school grounds or in a temperature-controlled room until the driver needs to be in the bus.

In addition, District shall work with your jurisdiction to prohibit idling of motor vehicles on grounds adjacent to school.

 

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