WELCOME. SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION 101. School Transportation. ELIGIBILITY. School Transportation. ELIGIBILITY 6A-3.001 Basic Principles for Transportation of Students .
SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION 101
6A-3.001 Basic Principles for Transportation of Students.
(3) A reasonable walking distance, is any distance not more than two (2) miles between the home and school or one and one-half (1 1/2) miles between the home and the assigned bus stop.
(1) Subject to the rules of the State Board of Education, each district shall determine the membership of students who are transported:
(a) By reason of living 2 miles or more from school. . .
(b) By reason of being students with disabilities or enrolled in a teenage parent program, regardless of distance to school
(c) By reason of being in a state prekindergarten program, regardless of distance from school.
(d) By reason of being career and technical, dual enrollment, or students with disabilities transported from one school center to another to participate in an instructional program or service;
(e) With respect to elementary school students whose grade level does not exceed grade 6, by reason of being subjected to hazardous walking conditions en route to or from school as provided in s. 1006.23.
(f) By reason of being a pregnant student or student parent, and the child of a student parent as provided in s. 1003.54, regardless of distance from school.
Q. Can you provide guidance on when the requirement for a “special seating device” may qualify a student for weighted funding?
A. Medical equipment is defined as a specific device that meets the unique needs of the child and is specifically described on the child’s IEP.
Fiscal Year 2007-08
Pre-k – 12th Student
Membership Transported Percentage
2,645,424 1,015,234 38.38%
Q. The doctor says my child needs an air-conditioned environment; how can I get the district to provide him a bus with this requirement?
A. The Exceptional Student Education (ESE) department needs to write an Individual Education Plan (IEP) describing the doctor’s request for your son and provide this document to the school transportation office.
2007-08 School Buses in Florida:
In Daily Service 15,899
With Seat Belts 62%
With Air Conditioning 50%
Q. My home address is less than two miles from my assigned school and the district doesn’t provide my child school bus transportation, why?
A. In Florida there is a two mile walk limit, meaning the child can walk to school and the district is not required to provide transportation.
Q. My child attends a middle school that has 6th thru 8th grade classes. The district said she doesn’t qualify for hazardous walking, why not?
A. The statute only allows students in elementary school thru grade sixth to qualify for hazardous walking, not middle school students.
Q. Why is our funding grouped all together with charter schools in our district?
A. This is done because the formula was not designed to separate funding for differing schools within the district. All are considered public schools.
Q. I live in a school district where my children ride the metro rail transportation to school. Can the school district count my children for transportation funding?
A. Yes. The district can claim these students under Category – (G) General purpose transportation.
Original 2007-08 Appropriation:$493,566,586
Revised 2007-08 Appropriation:$483,592,820
Original 2008-09 Appropriation:$471,078,862
Revised 2008-09 Appropriation:$460,903,559
Fiscal Year Dollars
2006-07 - $1,065,596,219
2007-08 - $1,128,959,471
Fiscal Year 2007-08
Appropriation / Expenditures
$483,592,820 divided $1,128,959,471
= 42.84% paid by the state
57.16% paid by local district funds
Q. What is the final day to electronically submit the DOE hazardous walking database to be archived for each survey period?
A. The school district must document their evaluation and enter the street location by code number in the Department’s hazardous walking database prior to the end of the next scheduled transportation survey.
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