Transportation for Students with Special Needs
- Do all special-education students ride on special buses?
- When will my child’s bus ride start?
- If I move, will my child ride the same bus?
- Can a student be picked up or dropped off at different locations each day?
- Will the pick-up and drop-off time change from day to day?
- What if my child’s needs change to being bused in a wheelchair or with special equipment?
- What are the bus driver’s responsibilities?
- What are school-bus assistants’ responsibilities?
- Are there bus assistants on every bus?
- Can a bus assistant come to the door to pick up or drop off a student?
- What are my responsibilities?
- If my child misses the bus, can it come back?
- What is my responsibility at drop-off time?
- How can I support safe ridership?
- Why must I fill out an emergency information form?
- What behavior is expected by a student riding the bus?
- How are discipline problems handled?
- What if a student cannot follow bus safety rules?
Special transportation will be provided for students who need it because of their disability or the location of their program. Otherwise they will ride the regular school bus or walk to school. Curb-to-curb bus service is arranged by the Transportation Office for students who need it. School-bus safety standards are always followed.
Every effort is made to arrange transportation as quickly as possible. It takes an average of three to five working days for transportation to be arranged. When Student Support Services assigns a student to a program two weeks or less before school starts, a bus route may not be arranged by the start of school. Parents may be asked to transport their child for a maximum of two weeks with reimbursement from the District.
School-bus drivers are professional drivers with special training and Commercial Driver’s Licenses. They work for the School District through a bus company. They are responsible for driving the bus safely, transporting the students, and staying on time. If there is not a bus assistant, the driver performs the assistant’s duties.
Have your child fully clothed, toileted, and ready at the bus stop five minutes before the pick-up time. Tight routing does not allow time for buses to wait or blow the horn. Accompany your child to the curb. If your child will not be riding on any given day, call the Transportation Office or the bus company at least one hour before pick-up time so the bus driver can skip your stop. Notify the Transportation Office in advance if your address, phone number, or daycare arrangements change.
State Board of Education rules require that the bus driver have emergency and health-related information on the bus for each student. Parents must provide this information. The form can be filled out at the student’s IEP meeting by school staff and parents together. This information is required before the student can ride the bus.
For a safe and pleasant ride, the following rules must be followed:
- Immediately follow driver’s directions.
- Sit in your seat facing forward.
- Talk quietly and use appropriate language.
- Keep all parts of your body inside the bus.
- Keep your arms, legs, and belongings to your- self.
- No fighting, harassing, intimidating, or horse- play.
- Do not throw any object.
- No eating, drinking, or using tobacco.
- Do not damage the school bus.
Following these rules is very important for the safety of your child and others who ride the bus to and from school.
A School Bus Discipline Report is filed immediately by the bus driver or bus assistant for any act that is considered dangerous or destructive. The school or Transportation Office responds to each report, taking appropriate action, such as seat assignment, use of a seat belt, suspension of busing privileges for a specified period of time, in- school consequences, or other disciplinary measures that would enforce safe conduct on the bus. The school or Transportation Office will contact you if such a report is filed.
Alternate means of transportation may be necessary for students who cannot follow bus-safety rules. Their disruptive behavior creates an unsafe condition for other students, the bus driver, and the motoring public. The students’ safety is our primary concern. Safety concerns govern all decisions about transporting students.