School Business Affairs
Transportation and other related services for students with disabilities are essential, and the costs associated with their delivery can weigh heavily on district budgets and the minds of school business officials.
School districts typically offer transportation to students with disabilities in district-owned and -operated vehicles, in vehicles owned and operated by private service providers, or via public transportation; occasionally, districts may enter into contracts with parents to transport their children to school. When students are unable to access the standard modes of transportation, school officials must make special transportation arrangements. According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations, transportation for students with disabilities includes (34 C.F.R. § 300.34[c][iii])—
- Travel to and from school and between schools
- Travel in and around school buildings
- Specialized equipment (such as special or adapted buses, lifts, and ramps), if required, to provide special transportation for a child with a disability
As with other related services, the district must provide transportation when students need it to benefit from their special-education programs.
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Place of Publication
Russo, Charles J. and Osborne, Allan G. Jr., "Transportation for Students with Disabilities" (2015). Educational Leadership Faculty Publications. 181.