What determines whether a special education student is entitled to free transportation?

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Free transportation for special education students will be provided when a student's physical, emotional or behavioral condition warrants it, or when it is necessary to transport a student to a school other than his or her home attendance center.

Common situations include:

  • When a physical challenge requires a special lift bus.

  • When a student is assigned to a program at a school that is not in his or her home school attendance area.

  • When special education students need transportation to work sites.

  • For preschool students with special education IEPs.

  • When a gifted education student needs to be transported to another school for higher level class offerings.

  • For students who are approved by the IEP Team for the Extended School Year Program.