TRANSPORTATION REQUIREMENTS/Your Local District
1. The local school districts generally are required to transport all native
students in grades K-8 to the charters schools they attend, if they student
lives more than two miles from the school. An alternative agreement can
be made, as described below.
2. A district is not generally required to transport native high school
students to charter schools unless the district provides transportation to
high school students.
A. Alternate arrangement
The district board of education and the community school can enter into
an agreement that the community school is responsible for providing or
arranging for the transportation.
1. For any such agreement to be effective, it must be certified by
the state superintendent of public instruction as having met all of the
a. Deadline: It is submitted to the department of education by a
deadline, which shall be established by the department.
b. Specific qualifications: It must provide native students in grades
K-8 with transportation to and from the community school,
which they attend if the community school is more than two (2)
miles from their home. The transportation of community
students in grades 9-12 is optional, as it is for district students.
a. Transportation responsibility lasts the entire school year and continues
into subsequent school years unless the governing authority submits
written notification to the district board stating otherwise.
3. Relinquishing responsibility.
a. A governing authority shall not relinquish responsibility for
transportation before the end of a school year, and shall submit the
notice relinquishing responsibility by January 31st, in order to
allow the school district reasonable time to prepare transportation for
its native students enrolled in the school.
Charters should mirror the requirements of the local district
schools if they do or do not offer transportation to grades 9-12.
c. Transportation is adequate: The transportation provided by the
community school is subject to all provisions of the Revised
Code and all rules adopted under the Revised Code pertaining
to pupil transportation.
d. Sponsor approval: The sponsor of the community school must
also sign the agreement.
A. Calamity days
There is no clear answer as to whether providing transportation is required on
days that public schools are closed due to differing calendars. The Attorney
General, however, has addressed the issue for nonpublic schools. The Attorney
General has stated that there is still an obligation to transport students.
The school district of residence can designate transportation for a student as “impractical.” This
designation is left to the discretion of the school district of residence. If transportation is deemed
“impractical,” the school district of residence must provide the parent or guardian with
compensation for the transportation. The transportation compensation may
not exceed the statewide average per-pupil cost for the preceding year. If the
student requires more than 30 minutes of direct travel time by bus, a board of
education has no obligation to offer transportation to a charter school.