Administrative Guideline - 8432a Vehicle Idling

Approved on October 11, 2012

A.      Purpose – This purpose of this guide is to limit vehicle emissions that might be brought into school buildings as mandated by 410 IAC 33-4-3. This will improve the health of students and staff through reduced exposure to these emissions.


B.      Applicability – This guide applies to all public and private vehicles on a school campus.


C.      Procedures

1.       Posting

a.       The school shall post signs in areas where idling is prohibited.

2.       Requirements

a.       Drivers of vehicles are to turn off the engine if the vehicle is to be stopped more than 5 minutes. (Engine cool down periods recommended by vehicle manufacturer may be followed)

b.      Bus drivers, teachers and school staff shall be informed of this requirement at the start of each school year.

c.       During student / parent orientations, parents, and all students shall be informed of this requirement.

d.      Any complaints of non-compliance are to be filed with the IEQ Coordinator’s office.

e.      Any complaints of non-compliance will be reviewed and action taken as necessary.

f.        Bus warm up.

                                                               i.      At 32 degrees or above, buses will be allowed to idle for no more than five (5) minutes.

                                                             ii.      From 20 degrees to 32 degrees, buses will be allowed to idle for up to fifteen (15) minutes.

                                                            iii.      From 20 degrees and below, buses will be allowed to idle for up to thirty (30) minutes, or until front windows are defrosted and all safety equipment is operable.


D.      Exemptions

1.       Safety of Children or Emergencies

a.       Use of lift equipment during loading or unloading of individuals with special needs.

b.      Use of heater or air conditioning during loading or unloading of individuals with special needs.

c.       Use of defrosters, heaters, air conditioners, or any other equipment for health or safety concerns.

d.      Use of bus headlights or flasher warning lights for safety or visibility purposes.

e.      For other safety or emergency issues.

1.       Hot or Cold Weather

a.       When extreme temperatures require the idling of the bus to maintain a reasonable level of comfort inside the bus, the above sections may not apply.

2.       Maintenance Operations

a.       Buses may idle as necessary as part of a pre-trip safety inspection.

b.      When possible, maintenance operations should not be conducted within 100 feet of a school building housing classrooms.

c.       If necessary to make emergency repairs to vehicles. (for example jump starting another vehicle)