Students receiving special education services that are mandated to receive specialized transportation on their most recent IEP are placed on bus routes to and from the school they attend. In addition, parents may request additional medical accommodations based on their child’s special needs which may also affect the type of vehicle or route on which the student is placed.
A student’s IEP is initially developed by the Committee on Special Education and managed at the school level by the School Assessment Team, School Based Support Team, or the School Psychologist. IEPs for students attending Charter and Non-Public schools are managed through the Committee on Special Education. The Chancellor’s regulations define key responsibilities of everyone involved in the movement of students with disabilities. This includes the Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT), the Division of Special Education, the Committee on Special Education, the bus companies, drivers, attendants, schools, parents and guardians, and children. Additional Information on the IEP process as a whole can be reviewed in the Family Guide to Special Education.
Once the IEP and any accommodations have been approved, OPT receives this information and assigns the student to a specific bus route. Changes through the year: home address; school, ambulatory status, or approved accommodations, are entered and then received by OPT and routes are adjusted accordingly.
Students receiving SE services at their school but not mandated to receive specialized transportation per their IEP, receive the same services as their non-disabled peers. They may be assigned stop to school transportation or receive a MetroCard that is valid on MTA subway and buses.
Guide: Information for Parents & families (SE Transportation)
Change of After School Drop-Off Location for Students with Disabilities
In some cases, parents and guardians may need an afternoon drop-off location that is different from their child's morning pick-up location. Parents/guardians should complete the Request to Change a Special Education Student's After School Drop-Off Location form to request that their child be dropped off in the afternoon at a location other than their home address. Parents may request this for each day of the week, or specific days (student will be taken to their home address other days).
Regulations do not require that a student be dropped off after school at any location other than the student’s home, but OPT will make an effort to accommodate these requests provided that the following conditions apply:
- The student must be mandated to receive specialized transportation;
- The student may be dropped at only one alternate location on the days requested;
- The new drop location is in the child’s home borough or in the school’s borough.
To assist us in reviewing and processing your request, please be sure to:
- Print the information clearly.
- Enter the student ID number.
- Sign the form (parent/guardian or other designated person responsible for the child).
- Have the form notarized.
- Mail or fax the request to the address listed on the form.
Students will be taken to their home address on half days.
Request to Change an After School Drop-Off Location for Student with Disability
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