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Special Needs Transportation. Joe Lightsey Pupil Transportation Alabama Department of Education. Alabama Transportation Statistics. $231,532,213 Million Annually. 357,723 Students Daily. 8,390 School Buses. 58,242,412 Miles Annually. 332,168 Daily Miles . Special Needs Statistics

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Special Needs Transportation

Joe Lightsey

Pupil Transportation

Alabama Department of Education


Alabama transportation statistics
Alabama Transportation Statistics

  • $231,532,213 Million Annually

  • 357,723 Students Daily

  • 8,390 School Buses

  • 58,242,412 Miles Annually

  • 332,168 Daily Miles


Special Needs Statistics

Number of SE Routes 951

Special Education Drivers 752

PV Routes 408

TW Routes 62

Number of Aides 650


Rules regulations guidelines
Rules, Regulations, Guidelines

  • Federal Laws and Regulations

  • National Specifications and Procedures

  • Pupil Transportation Guidelines

  • Alabama Law

  • State Board of Education Rules

  • Local Board Polices


Transportation Funding

State Law requires payment of 80% of SE Cost.

We pay 100%.

Personnel Covered

Buses Covered as part of Fleet Renewal


Bus Routes

Special Education Bus Routes SN, PV, TW

Time on Route

360 Minutes of Instruction

Loading and Unloading

Accessibility


Communication Chain

Transportation Supervisor

Special Education Supervisor

Drivers

Teachers


Communication for Best Service

  • It should be assumed that most children with disabilities receive the same transportation services as nondisabled children. (LRE)

  • …unless special transportation is required by the IEP.

  • ...includes

    • - travel to and from school

    • - between school buildings

    • - modified vehicles

    • - additional personnel (bus aide)

    • - purchased services (contracts)

  • - extracurricular activities…

  • - preschool-aged children…

Letter – Office of Special Education Programs

(See SDE website under Pupil Transportation)


Sde special needs recertification classes
SDE Special Needs Recertification Classes

Topics Target Special Needs

Transportation Issues

  • Laws and Regulations

    14th Amendment, IDEA, 504, ADA, AL Code

  • Loading/Unloading the Special Needs Bus

  • Transporting Preschoolers

  • Areas of Disability/Behavior Management Issues

  • Confidentiality

  • The IEP, FAPE, LRE

  • Driver Training

Cathy Staggs

Instructor


Transporting preschoolers
Transporting Preschoolers

  • NHTSA Guidelines – SDE Website

    • Proper use and placement of CSRS

    • Preschool Special Education


Common complaints to sde
Common Complaints to SDE

  • Overly long bus rides

  • Loss of instruction due to length of bus ride (shortened school day)

  • Denial of transportation to extracurricular activities

  • Air Conditioning Buses


Alabama facts
Alabama Facts

  • Only 4/10 of one percent of accidents involve school buses

  • Only 1/10 of one percent of total injuries in school buses

  • Only one child killed in a school bus collision since 1969

  • Only one school bus driver killed in last 50 years

  • Major inspection deficiencies on school buses have

    decreased by 9% in the past six years.

  • Almost all Alabama buses are diesels with automatic transmissions.


Special Needs Transportation Questions

Cathy Staggs or Joe Lightsey

Alabama State Department of Education

334-242-9730

[email protected]



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