Why Aren't Lacrosse Sticks Allowed on the Bus?

Sep 10, 2018 12:08 PM

An explanation from the Assistant Superintendant

The school buses do not allow players to bring their lacrosse sticks on the bus from school to practice.  There is no doubt it is a headache for lacrosse parents, as it adds an entire extra logistical component for them. 

This is an issue the JHLC Staff and Board are aware of, and have worked over the years to come to a solution.  We will continue to work to make this situation better for our families.  However, as far as actually allowing sticks on the bus, it appears we are at an impasse with the School District, and this will not change until this policy is changed at the state level in Cheyenne.  We will continue to explore options for on-site storage at the fields.

Why aren't sticks allowed on the bus?  Here is an excerpt from a letter from the Assistant Superintendant of the Teton County School District, explaining exactly why sticks are not allowed on the bus:

Student safety is the primary reason scooters, skate boards, bikes, skis and sports equipment are not permitted on busses. 

The Wyoming regulation governing this issue is Chapter 20, sec. 10.  This section requires that such items be secured in a mounting location designed to withstand 5-times the weight of the item.  As you know, our busses are not equipped with such mounting systems.  

Chapter 20 provides further guidance that if items are not stowed in a mounting system, that they be secured in a latched compartments.  While our buses do have compartments under the busses, operationally this is not a functional solution. Primarily because the most dangerous time associated with a bus trip is during loading and unloading students.  At these crucial times it is of the highest importance that our drivers maintain singular focus on the students who are loading and unloading. Further, it is crucial that drivers not be distracted by the stowing of sports/recreational equipment - whether that equipment is stowed by drivers, by students or by parents. Further, the amount of time required for drivers to assist with or wait for the stowing of equipment would compromise the route schedule. This is also unacceptable. 

Finally, many of our busses are operating at or near capacity this year. All available room on the busses must be dedicated to the seating of students rather than allocated to the transportation of gear.


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