PSD to transport limited number of students
Based on current Colorado Department of Education transportation guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic, only 10 students may ride on a standard-sized, 77-passenger school bus and only 5 may ride on a special education bus, which holds 47 passengers.
At the start of the 2020-21 school year, PSD is committed to providing legally-required bussing to:
- Students with disabilities who have transportation as a related service in their Individualized Transportation Plan (ITP)
- Students experiencing homelessness who qualify for services under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
- Students in foster care that qualify.
PSD will notify families whose students qualify with a confirmation of transportation services and route information after Aug. 1.
If CDE guidelines change, PSD may transport more students
If CDE guidance changes and allows for more than 10 riders on a standard bus, PSD may be able to provide transportation services to additional students.
As a result, families who don't qualify for initial legally required busing, but feel they need transportation, are asked to apply online between June 17-July 1. Application is NOT a guarantee of transportation services.
Eligibility requirements will be determined later and may include students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch benefits and students who live some distance from their neighborhood schools. If PSD can offer transportation to a broader cohort of students, the district will notify families if their application has been approved, most likely in early August or later.
PSD will not provide bussing for any school-of-choice students, during the 2020-21 school year.
For more information, contact the Transportation department at firstname.lastname@example.org.