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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