Specialized transportation is provided between the home and the school by the Lincoln Public Schools for students with disabilities when the child requires this type of transportation as a result of his or her disability. The child's IEP Team determines whether the student requires transportation because of his or her disability in order to benefit from special education.
When determining eligibility for specialized transportation, the IEP team asks the following questions:
Does the student's disability impact his or her ability to walk safely to a bus stop or the school building?
Does the student's disability impact his or her ability to get on or off the regular school bus safely?
Does the student's disability impact his or her ability to get on or off the regular school bus at the correct location?
Does the student's disability impact his or her ability to act in a manner that ensures the safety of themselves and/or others during a walk to school or on a school bus?
Is the student enrolled in a special education school and, therefore, requires specialized transportation?
The IEP Team also determines whether the specialized transportation requires any modifications, special equipment, assistance, or any other particular precautions. Students who use wheelchairs are transported in vehicles that do not require children to be removed from their wheelchairs in order to enter or leave the vehicles. However, this requirement would not be applicable in situations when a Team or the student's physician recommends that the student regularly transfer in and out of conventional vehicles to or from a wheelchair for therapeutic or for independence training reasons. In other cases, a student may have a particular medical need that will require monitoring or other modifications during transportation, such as seizures, a tendency for motion sickness, behavioral concerns, allergies, or communication disabilities. The IEP Team would determine this need as well.