State Board of Education
Policy EEO-M-003 -
Revision to Allotment Policy Manual
November 3, 2005

Incentive to Adopt Local School Bus Idling Policies

In order to be eligible to receive any mid-year transportationallotment resulting from increased fuel prices, an LEA must have areduced idling policy in place at the beginning of the school year. For the 2005-2006 school year, the policy must be in place no later than January 10, 2006. The local policy must, at a minimum, prohibit all unnecessary school bus idling on school grounds and prohibit the warming up of buses longer than 5 minutes. As always, any increase in allotments will be subject to the availability of funds.

Reduced Idling Materials

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All local boards of education in North Carolina have adopted reduced idling policies to save fuel and improve student health. Click here to see the Comparison of LEA Idling Policies

Department of Public Instruction Memoranda

School Bus Idling Restrictions Memo, Fuel Conservation and Student Health - September 2006
To: All Superintendents & All Transportation Directors
From: Philip Price, Assoc. State Superint., Derek Graham, Section Chief, Transp. Services

School Bus Idling Restrictions Memo, Fuel Conservation and Student Health - July 2005
To: All Superintendents & All Transportation Directors
From: Philip Price, Assoc. State Superint., Derek Graham, Section Chief, Transp. Services

School Bus Idling Restrictions Memo - June 2004
To: All Superintendents & All Transportation Directors
From: Philip Price, Assoc. State Superint., Derek Graham, Section Chief, Transp. Services

Reduced Idling Training Materials and Resources

Sample School Bus Idling Policy - NC School Boards Association, October 2005

Sample School Bus Idling Procedure - NC School Boards Association, October 2005

School Bus Idling Tips - July 2004

Internet Resources

"Air Quality: Suggested Operational Practices for School Buses."

NC Child Advocacy Institute paper on diesel fumes

Clean School Bus USA program

A Healthier Ride (Video 6:36)
Target audience: Transportation staff, principals, central office staff

Reducing School Bus Idling: The Key to a Healthier Ride (Video 5:30)
Environmental Protection Agency EPA420-CD-04-001
Target audience: School Bus Drivers

Save Fuel and Breathe Easier (Driver Training PowerPoint Presentation)