A review of 2007 legal cases affecting school transportation
This segment of “In the Rearview Mirror” focuses on legal issues related to the employment context. Although the brief summaries below can seldom tell the “whole story,” school districts and transportation companies should note recurrent themes:
• When reasonable action would be likely to stop dangerous behavior by students, responsible personnel must take available steps.
• Supervisory personnel are responsible for implementation of federal rulesregarding wage and hours compliance and avoidance of discrimination — training is essential.
• Although complaints may not be sub- stantiated, when employee concerns are brought to the attention of super- visors, they must be investigated.
• Policies that support student safety must be communicated and enforced.