CEDAR LAKE | A new Hanover Community Schools policy will bring the district in line with state law regarding school bus emissions.
The School Board did an informational reading of a new policy governing anti-idling and smart driving procedures at Tuesday's meeting. The policy is likely to go up for approval during the board’s December meeting.
Hanover School Board President Dana Griner said the proposed policy is similar to one passed by Lowell last year. State statute limits school bus idling to five minutes or less while on school grounds. The Hanover policy as proposed will do the same.
The policy also stipulates that school bus drivers may ask for permission to idle the bus longer than five minutes to warm the bus, but that they should wait for students in a heated or air conditioned area designated by the school, instead of relying on the bus to warm of cool them.
There are emergency situations during which buses may be idled longer than five minutes; the policy stipulates, among other situations, the loading or unloading students with special needs.
The School Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at the administration building, 9520 W. 133rd Ave. in Cedar Lake.