Renee: Two students to be transported to the same school in a van with an aide. School is 45 miles from my home.
Incident happened at the end of last year. One student started hitting the bus driver and almost caused an accident. (This happened twice in the same bus ride.) My son having already been in a nearly fatal car accident refused to get on the bus with this other student after this happened. Other issue my son has with this student is that he’s unpredictable and he screams. My son has Autism and epilepsy. This other student (high school age) has an intellectual disability. He functions at about the level of a 3 year old. My son is 14 and functions at about the level of a 10 year old.
I have been driving my child back and forth to school. I made the district aware of this situation when it happened at the end of last school year. The bus driver had also filed an incident report. When we found out in the beginning of August that my child would also be going to this school (he’d originally been slated into a different placement at a different school) I contacted the director of transportation and told him we have a problem. The district has received two recommendations (one from my son’s mental health counselor and one from his developmental pediatrician) both advocating for my son to be put on a different bus.
Had a CSE meeting. Team from new placement deferred their judgement on the bus situation to my son’s outside service providers, seeing how they don’t know him that well. So in essence, team agreed my son needed to be transported separately.
I have been transporting. I told district I’d be willing to continue transporting, but they have to reimburse my mileage. District says they approving my transporting violates LRE. (I know LRE only applies to educational services. Transportation is not considered an educational service.)
District also saying they want to conduct an FBA for why my son won’t get on the bus. (They already know why he won’t get on the bus.) You ever heard of anyone doing an FBA for riding the bus? And since it is not actually an educationally related service, can they actually do an FBA for this?
I know that regardless of how long they “drag their feet” on this, they are still culpable for the cost of his transportation. They don’t seem to realize this, but he is being denied FAPE.