Campus and District Operations
In many communities, the school district is the largest local business operation, responsible for the largest buildings, transportation systems, and food services in the region. The following are resources related to maintenance of buildings, grounds, and equipment; transportation; and food service.
Maintenance of Buildings, Grounds, and Equipment
Maintenance of Buildings, Grounds, and Equipment
Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies. Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations. For more information on maintenance of buildings, grounds and equipment, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:
||Buildings, Grounds, and Equipment Management|
||Records and Reports|
||Authorized Uses of Equipment and Supplies|
||Instructional Materials Care and Accounting|
||Mail and Delivery|
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Healthy School Environments Web Site includes information on a variety of environmental health topics, such as chemical use; energy efficiency; facility construction, operations, and maintenance; air quality; waste; and water issues.
- The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Indoor Air Quality in Schools Web Site provides information to help schools prevent or address air quality issues.
- The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Local Governments Web Site provides local governments, including school districts, information to enhance environmental quality, such as recycling, bus idling, and permits.
- The Texas State Energy Conservation Offices (SECO) Schools and Teachers Web Site provides information about energy education, energy efficiency/management, and renewable energy and alternative fuels as well as continuing education opportunities for teachers and ways to involve students in energy conservation.
- The SECO Schools/Local Government Energy Program Web Site provides resources to aid districts in setting up and maintaining energy efficiency programs, such as the preliminary energy assessment services and the Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings.
- The Texas Department of Agriculture Structural Pest Control Board School Integrated Pest Management Web Site provides information about pest control in the school environment, pesticides, and the integrated pest management (IPM) coordinator as well as related forms.
- The U.S. EPA Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Schools Web page addresses the use of IPM in schools and suggests effective IPM strategies.
- The DSHS Public Swimming Pools and Spas Web Site provides information about the laws and regulations that apply to public pools, spas, drains, and water features.
- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act Web Site provides information about federal pool safety standards.
For more information on transportation, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:
||Traffic and Parking Controls|
- The Texas Education Agency (TEA) School Transportation Funding Web Site provides information related to transportation allotments, route services, and operations reports.
- The TEA Bus Accident Reporting System Web Site provides information about reporting bus accidents and a searchable database of district accident reports compiled annually beginning with the 2007-08 school year.
- The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) School Bus Transportion Web Site provides information about bus specifications and safety, as well as driver drug and alcohol testing, training, and other bus related information and forms.
- The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Texas Clean School Bus Program Web Site provides information about diesel exhaust and bus idling and a sample policy imposing a voluntary idling limit, as well as information about federal funding to upgrade school buses.
- The Region 10 Education Service Center Bus Evacuation Training Web Site provides districts a resource for bus evacuation training.
For more information on food service, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:
||Food Services Management|
||Free and Reduced-Price Food Program|
- The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) School Safety Food Service Web Site provides information regarding food safety and inspections of school cafeterias by DSHS, as well as related applications and forms.
- The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Food & Nutrition Web Site provides an overview of nutrition programs, such as the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Summer Feeding Programs, that may be provided by districts.
- The TDA Food & Nutrition Texas Public School Nutrition Policy addresses foods of minimal nutritional value and nutrition standards as they apply to schools.
- The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Child Nutrition Programs Web Site provides information about the National School Lunch Program and other federal nutrition programs.
- The USDA Food and Nutrition Service Food Safety Web Site provides guidance and training materials regarding food safety in schools, emergency preparedness, and food allergies.
- The USDA Healthy Meals Resource System School Food Service Web Site provides guidance and training opportunities regarding child nutrition, special diets, and food safety, as well as recipes and menu planning using USDA commodity foods.
- The National Coalition for Food Safe Schools Action Guide provides a variety of school food safety resources compiled by federal and state agencies and non-profit organizations for students, parents, educators, administrators, nurses, food service staff, and local health authorities.
- The Nutrition.Gov Web Site is a compilation of federal food and nutrition information.
- The FoodSafety.Gov Web Site is a compilation of federal food safety information, such as food poisoning, food recalls, and how to keep food safe.