Special Needs Route Service Parameters
We are pleased to provide quality educational services for your children. Our mission in Special Needs Transportation is to ensure your child arrives at school and returns home safely with care and thought given to his/her individual needs. Our success is a result of our commitment, skill, knowledge, understanding, and ability to communicate. All drivers and assistants participate in frequent in-service training to expand and improve their driving skills and upgrade their knowledge of helping children with special needs.
In our system, everyone works hard to communicate needs and changes. When changes occur, routes must be revised and time changes communicated to all parents. Please plan to transport your child to and from school the first three (3) days if the Admissions, Review, and Dismissal Committee (ARD) and/or placement changes occur after school begins in August. After the ARD, the School campus and/or the Transportation Special Needs supervisor will call you within three (3) days to verify route information
And: Introduce the driver and assistant
And: Establish times and location for your child's pick-up and drop-off.
As a parent, you can help support our mission by:
1. Attending your child's ARD committee meetings and Annual Reviews.
2. Completing the Special Needs Transportation Information Sheet.
3. Ensuring a responsible person is home when your child is picked up in the morning and brought home in the afternoon. Also ensure any designated person has been added to the receiving list at your designated campus front office (Drivers assume responsibility at the door of the bus in the morning and will not release the child until they see the responsible person after school who is on the designated receiving list only). If there is not a authorized person to receive your child or no one is home the bus driver will return your child back to school after the last student is delivered home.
4. Having your child ready to board the bus within five (5) minutes of scheduled time each morning.
5. Calling 393-6509 and making an appointment to speak with the driver rather than delay them in route to transport other students.
6. Teaching your child to follow the bus rules. (A copy will be provided to you.)
7. Notifying the Transportation Office (512-393-6509 or 393-6506) as early as possible when your child will not be attending school. Failure to ride 3 consecutive days will result in termination of service until the parent/guardian calls the School Campus Office and reinstates the service.
8. Sharing information with the driver and/or assistant regarding changes in schedule, medical status or major personal disruptions that would seriously affect your child's behavior.
9. Communicating in writing any medical information, medication or student health status changes which would affect your child's transportation.
10. Being open to information from the driver or assistant regarding their observations and concerns.
11. Making sure your child goes to the restroom before boarding the bus.
12. Maintaining consistent day care. (Frequent changes adversely affect bus schedules for all students assigned to the bus.)
13. Remembering that students in wheelchairs must have properly operating lock brakes, foot rests, arm rests, and a safety belt.