Answer: This probably depends on how reasonable the city bus ride is. For example, if a school bus would take 40 minutes for the trip, but the city bus is going to take 90 minutes, then the father’s objection would be reasonable. However, if the public bus is a reasonable mode of transportation, the McKinney-Vento Act does not give a parent the right to choose the mode of transportation. Perhaps having someone do the ride with the youth on the first day would help. That will have a cost associated with it, but it’s probably cheaper than running a school bus the rest of the year.
A father and son recently moved in with someone just outside of our boundary line. Dad wants his son to continue at the school of origin. I have offered city bus passes, with assistance on how to navigate the city bus, but Dad declined the bus passes and requested a school bus to pick his son up. Do we have to provide the bus?
Mar 18, 2018 | Q and A