• Transportation

    “Special Circumstances C” explains what your local district is responsible for in terms of transportation.

    A. Overview
    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
    following requirements:
    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.
    2. Duration.
    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.
    B. Impracticality
    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.


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