Section 234.01, Florida Statutes 2001
234.01 Transportation; when provided.--
(1) School boards, after considering recommendations of the superintendent:
(a) Shall provide transportation for each student in prekindergarten handicapped and in kindergarten through grade 12 membership in a public school when, and only when, transportation is necessary to provide adequate educational facilities and opportunities which otherwise would not be available and to transport students whose homes are more than a reasonable walking distance, as defined by rules of the commissioner, from the nearest appropriate school.
(b) Shall provide transportation for public elementary school students in membership whose grade level does not exceed grade 6, and may provide transportation for public school students in membership in grades 7 through 12, if such students are subjected to hazardous walking conditions as provided in s. 234.021 while en route to or from school.
(c) May provide transportation for public school migrant, exceptional, nursery, and other public school students in membership below kindergarten; kindergarten through grade 12 students in membership in a public school; and adult students in membership in adult vocational, basic, and high school graduation programs in a public school when, and only when, transportation is necessary to provide adequate educational facilities and opportunities which otherwise would not be available.
(d) May provide transportation for the transportation disadvantaged as defined in s. 427.011 and for other school-age children as provided for in s. 234.211.
(e) Shall provide necessary transportation to pregnant students or student parents, and the children of those students, as part of a teenage parent program pursuant to s. 230.23166.
(f) May provide transportation for other persons to events or activities in which the school district or school has agreed to participate or cosponsor. The school district shall adopt a policy to address liability for trips pursuant to this paragraph.
(g) May provide transportation for welfare transition program participants as defined in s. 414.0252.
(2) In each case in which transportation of students is impracticable in the opinion of the school board, the school board is authorized to take steps for making available educational facilities as are authorized by law or rule of the commissioner and as, in the opinion of the school board, are practical.
History.--s. 801, ch. 19355, 1939; CGL 1940 Supp. 892(260); s. 8, ch. 29754, 1955; s. 94, ch. 65-239; s. 1, ch. 69-300; s. 11, ch. 71-164; s. 106, ch. 72-221; s. 1, ch. 81-254; s. 100, ch. 83-217; s. 1, ch. 86-146; s. 23, ch. 89-379; s. 45, ch. 91-105; s. 6, ch. 93-198; s. 131, ch. 94-209; s. 132, ch. 97-190; s. 9, ch. 98-57; s. 62, ch. 2000-165; s. 26, ch. 2000-235.