Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

8600C - TRANSPORTATION FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS

Transportation and bus behavior are normally an integral part of the student's program when transportation is required by the studentís individualized education program ("IEP") as a related service. Because of the significance of this service for maintaining effective programs for the variety of disabling conditions, the Transportation Director (transportation supervisor) should be involved with the case conference committee ("CCC") to assist in providing answers to such questions as:

 

A.

Can the child be transported safely, given the transportation environment and the nature of the disabling condition?

     
 

B.

What medical, health, physical, or behavioral factors could expose the student to unreasonable risk, given the anticipated transportation environment?

     
 

C.

What assistive or adaptive equipment is necessary to accommodate the student during the transportation process, can it be safely transported and secured, and are there adequate instructions to ensure its proper use?

S/He also can be helpful in suggesting behavioral transportation goals to be included in a studentís IEP and determining appropriate means of discipline, including the possible removal from a vehicle, and, if removal is necessary, determining alternative transportation. S/He should receive copies of any behavioral intervention plan ("BIP") contained in a studentís IEP.

As participants in and recipients of special education planning, transportation staff need to be advised that the information they deal with is confidential and protected from disclosure by Federal law.

Behavioral Management

Managing student behavior on the bus should be done primarily through teaching appropriate bus-riding skills. Developing the skills necessary to ride the school bus appropriately may be necessary for the student to participate in his/her program. The studentís CCC will determine the appropriate manner in which the student will be taught bus-riding skills, if needed.

Behaviors that present a potentially dangerous risk of harm to the student or others on the bus require special attention. An attack on another person or running from the bus are two examples of behaviors that present high risk of harm and require documentation and follow-up with appropriate school staff. If students are unable to control their behavior with the provision of special education and supplementary aids and services, alternative transportation or a more restrictive placement may be necessary.

Communication Between School/Transportation Staffs

The primary daily contact between the transportation staff and the school staff will be the bus driver (with the transportation aide as an alternate) and the Transportation Director.

Both the school staff and the transportation staff are expected to maintain confidentiality and protect the students' rights. Except for positive statements, information given by the drivers to the building staff should not be relayed to the student; nor should drivers relay information received from the building staff. Bus behavior should never be a subject of general conversation.

Stopping Unacceptable Behavior

It is the School Corporation's intent to stop unacceptable behavior by using the minimum intervention necessary.

When necessary, a staff member may use reasonable physical intervention to stop an action that presents an imminent risk of harm to the student or to others. This may include use of physical intervention to stop the action but would not extend to gross abuse and disregard for the health and safety of the student. Use of physical intervention should at all times be temperate and not excessive. School and transportation staff are expected to follow Board Policy 5630.01 Ė Use of Seclusion and Restraint with Students at all times, including during bus transportation.

Suspension from Transportation

The principal may suspend a student from transportation, in accordance with Corporation policies and guidelines related to suspension of students with disabilities. Incidents that may result in suspension include but are not limited to:

 

A.

fighting on the bus;

     
 

B.

hitting, kicking, or biting others on the bus;

     
 

C.

smoking, drugs, alcohol;

     
 

D.

destruction of school property.

Meeting Following Suspension

If a student is suspended from transportation, a meeting may be held, in the discretion of the principal, prior to the student's resuming transportation. The meeting should include the principal, teacher, special education director, bus driver, aide, and the parent. The meeting should address:

 

A.

the behavior that caused the suspension;

     
 

B.

if necessary, a referral to the Case Conference Committee for development of a behavioral intervention plan to address the behavior.

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT USE AND OPERATION

There is a wide variety of equipment that may need to be used to accommodate the Corporation's special education students. The Transportation Director/Special Education Coordinator_ is responsible for ensuring that appropriate members of the transportation staff understand the design and operating procedures for special equipment assigned to their use. They should also be able to conduct a proper inspection of the equipment and make simple adjustments in the field in case of breakdowns.

MEDICAL/HEALTH CONCERNS

It may be necessary for members of the transportation staff to be able to provide emergency and routine health care to students during the transportation process. They also may become exposed to communicable diseases.

Approved 4/12/17

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