Negotiating with the School on Transportation Issues

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My daughter attends public school. She has autism and a BIP. The transportation department refuses to come down our gravel private lane to pick her up at our driveway. I feel it is a safety issue.  How can I solve this problem?

Negotiating with the School

Parents need to negotiate with school staff to find acceptable solutions to problems.

Request to talk with the transportation director.

Read your state laws and regulations about bus transportation for public school students before you meet – this will give you a good idea of what is required in your state.

My first thought after reading your question was “Why can’t she transport her child to the hard surface road?”

We live in a rural area in Virginia where many families live on farms with homes at the end of long, unpaved driveways.

When school lets out, we see many parents sitting in cars by the paved road, waiting for the school bus so they can drive their kids home.

Is this a possibility?

Does the IEP Include Transportation?

I will presume that your daughter has an IEP. Transportation is a “related service” like speech therapy, OT, etc.

If her IEP does not include door-to-door transportation and you can’t persuade the transportation director to help, you may need to request an IEP meeting to amend her IEP to include this door-to-door transportation.

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My daughter lives in drug infested area with multiple pedophiles and that she has to walk through school issues I need help with transportation.


My son has behavioral issues and he has an bip. He rides a regular bus. I haven’t been in on an iep meeting in the last two years. There’s 2 months left of school and he’s being put on a handicapped bus. What are my options when his iep says that he should be on one

Pat Howey

There is an old (1984)1st Circuit decision, Hurry v. Jones, that discusses transportation in a great decision for parents. However, due to its age, limited jurisdiction, and several revisions of the federal law, it should be reviewed carefully by an attorney to see whether it can be used in transportation cases as persuasive authority.