ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-06-043

Date Created : 12/08/2005


Co-op Directors
other: Transportation Supervisors

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   Facilities and Transportation - Douglas Eaton, Director
School Bus Inspection Stickers

Regulatory Authority:
A.C.A. §6-19-101et seq.

Contact Person:
Theresa Chong

Phone Number:


The Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation (PSAFT) is in the process of hiring school bus inspectors. Effective January 1, 2006, these inspectors will be conducting inspections on the school buses in each school district. However, school districts are still required to perform semi-annual school bus inspections. This will be the last year the district mechanics will apply numbered windshield stickers to show a bus has passed inspection. Beginning in January 2007, these stickers will be issued by a state inspector.

The Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation (PSAFT) regulations require that all school buses be inspected semi-annually within a minimum interval of four months and a maximum of six months. PSAFT “School Bus Inspection Form” is to be used for both semi-annual inspections and a completed copy should be kept on each bus.

The mid-year inspection should be made during December, January, or February. The inspection standards may be found on pages 9-1 to 9-9 of the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Administrator’s Handbook for Safe School Transportation. A mechanic of the district's choice may do the inspection. Numbered windshield stickers, an Arkansas School Bus Mid-Year Inspection Report and School Bus Inspection Form will be mailed to each district.

The number of stickers each school district receives is based on the number of buses reported in the 05-06 Cycle 6 SIS report. Please call 501-682-4264 if additional stickers are needed.

Please submit the completed Arkansas School Bus Mid-Year Inspection Report to the District Statewide Information System (SIS) reporting coordinator or bookkeeper for the April 15th Cycle 6 SIS report.


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