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AP 560 - Student Services Transportation Request

Background

The Student Services Department will make requests for student’s transportation on school buses or other means of transportation as required for the student's unique needs through the following procedure.  Identified students are eligible for transportation services that would be denied under the procedures followed for the application of regular transportation.

Procedures

1.  The school should complete and submit an AF-560 Student Services Transportation Requests Form to the Coordinator of Student Services. In order to ensure unnecessary delays, all information requested on the form must be included. These forms can be obtained online.

2.  The Coordinator of Student Services will then determine the best “method” of transportation to suit the needs of the specific student.  Needs to be considered may include the following:  EA to accompany student, behavioral support required (or not), and any other specifics required by the student.  Options can be discussed with the Transportation Department to assist in making the final decision.  The Transportation Department will determine the proper seating required unless specified by the Coordinator.

3.  Once all necessary research is done the Coordinator of Student Services then authorizes the “Student Services Transportation Requests” form, and forwards to the Transportation Department.  

4.  The Transportation Department will review the completed form to see where the student’s residence is located in relation to the nearest bus routes, and/or the school you are requesting bus service to.  If another method of transportation is required, that will be researched rather than the use of the bus.  The Transportation Department is not involved in determining the needs of the student, just in making the final arrangements to accommodate the student, as deemed necessary by the Student Services Department.

5.  All pertinent information will be shared with the Coordinator of Student Services and they will notify all the parties that are affected by this arrangement.

6.  The Transportation Department will contact the Bus Driver (when transportation by bus is required).

7.  If the child is requiring buckling/unbuckling, it will be handled as follows:

  • If an EA is assigned to ride the bus/drive the car
  • AM pickup – parent escorts child to bus/car and EA buckles child in
  • AM drop off – EA unbuckles the child and escorts to the school
  • PM pickup – EA escorts child to the bus/car and buckles child in
  • PM drop off – EA unbuckles and parent meets the bus/car and escorts to the house
  • If no EA is assigned to ride the bus/drive the car:
  • AM pickup – parent escorts child to bus/car and buckles child in
  • AM drop off – EA meets the bus/car and unbuckles the child and escorts to the school
  • PM pickup – EA escorts child to the bus/car and buckles child in
  • PM drop off – parent meets the bus/car and unbuckles the child and escorts to the house

8.  Once a Student Services Transportation Plan is in place, changes can be made in the following manner:

  • School staff will consult with the Coordinator of Student Services
  • New requirements will be e-mailed to the Transportation Department by the Coordinator of Student Services
  • The Transportation Department will review the request and make adjustments as necessary

9.  Changes may include:

  • Adding a car seat or eliminating the use of a car seat
  • Installing a different car seat (as per child's weight restrictions)
  • No further requirement of an EA riding with student
  • Change of pick-up/drop-off location
  • Wheelchair needs
  • No further transportation requirements



Reference:  Sections 85, 87, 108, 109, 110, 121, 146, 178, 194, 195, 196, 197, Education Act
Sections 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, Regulations Act

June 26, 2012