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711. 1 Student School Transportation Eligibility




All students living more than two miles from their designated school attendance center and outside of the city limits shall receive transportation to and from their attendance center at the expense of the school district.

Should the ELC Board decide to offer an In-Town Shuttle Bus, it will be available for all TK-4 grade students who register for the optional transportation during Fall Registration or with the District Transportation Office. Students in grades 5-12 will not be permitted to utilize this optional In-town Shuttle transportation.  The District reserves the right to permit a student in grades 5-12 on the in-town shuttle bus in extenuating circumstances and through the consultation of building principals, transportation director and superintendent.  District shuttle bus options, including boundaries, will be reviewed annually. 

Costs associated with required specialized transportation or other required transportation in the student's individual education plan, other than to and from the child's home, and transportation to and from a special education instructional program shall be borne by the special education program.  Required unique transportation according to the student's individualized education plan to and from the student's home to the special education program shall be the expense of the school district whether provided by the school district or by the parent.

Parents of students who live where transportation by bus is impracticable or unavailable may be required to furnish transportation to and from the designated attendance center at the expense of the school district.  The Board may require the parent to transport their children up to two miles to connect with school bus vehicles at the expense of the school district when conditions deem it advisable.  It shall be within the discretion of the Board to determine such conditions.  Parents, who transport their children at the expense of the school district, shall be reimbursed at the rate per mile set by the state.  A student may be required at the Board's discretion to meet a school bus vehicle without reimbursement up to three-fourths of a mile.

Transportation arrangements made with a neighboring school district shall follow the terms of the agreement.  Students, who choose to attend a school in a school district other than their resident school district, shall provide transportation to and from the school at their own expense.

Legal Reference:         20 U.S.C. §§ 1401, 1701 et seq. (1988).

                                  34 C.F.R. Pt. 300 et seq. (1993).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 256B.4; 285; 321 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 41.8; 43.


Cross Reference:        501.16  Homeless Children and Youth

                                  603.3    Special Education

                                  711       Transportation


Approved:     6/9/97                Revised:           01/22