Special Needs Services

  • We are pleased to provide quality educational services for your child. Our mission in Special Needs Transportation is to ensure your child arrives at school and returns home safely with care and thought given to his/her individual needs. Our success is a result of our dedication to the children, commitment, knowledge, understanding and sensitivity to the needs of your child. Our Special Needs teams all work closely together and participate in frequent in-service training to expand and improve their knowledge of helping children with special needs.

    In our system, everyone works hard to communicate needs and changes. When changes occur, routes must be revised and time changes communicated to all parents on a route. Please plan to transport your child to and from school the first three days if the Admissions, Review and Dismissal Committee (ARD) and/or placement changes occur after school begins in August. After the ARD the driver will call you within three (3) days to introduce themselves along with the aide. The team will inform you on how and when you can reach them and establish times and location for your child’s pick-up and drop-off.

    As a parent you can help support our mission by:

    1. Attending your child’s ARD committee meetings and Annual Reviews.
    2. Completing the Special Needs Transportation Information Sheet.
    3. Ensuring a responsible person is home when your child is picked up in the morning and brought home in the afternoon. (The team assumes responsibility at the door of the bus in the morning and will not release the child until they see the responsible person after school.)
    4. Having your child ready to board the bus within the five (5) minutes of scheduled time each morning.
    5. Calling 512-556-6736 and making an appointment to speak with the team rather than delay them in route to transport other students.
    6. Teaching your child to follow the bus rules. (A copy will be provided to you.)
    7. Notifying the Transportation Office (512-556-6736) as early as possible when your child will not be attending school. An answering machine is provided so that you may leave messages after hours if necessary. Failure to ride 2 consecutive days without calling or showing up will result in termination of service until the parent/guardian calls the Transportation Office and reinstates the service.
    8. Sharing information with the team regarding changes in schedule, medical status or major personal disruptions that would seriously affect your child’s behavior.
    9. Communicating in writing any medical information, medication or student health status changes which would affect your child’s transportation.
    10. Being open to information from the team regarding their observations and concerns.
    11. Making sure your child uses the restroom before boarding the bus.
    12. Maintaining consistent day care. (Frequent changes adversely affect bus schedules for all students assigned to the bus.)
    *Remembering that students in wheelchairs must have properly operating lock brakes, foot rests, arm rests and a safety belt.