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LEA Provided Transportation Reimbursement Guidelines

Thursday, September 7, 2023

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s Division of Student Transportation (OSSE DOT) provides transportation services to and from a student’s residence and school for students with disabilities that attend District Public, Charter, and Nonpublic Schools. Exceptions and accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis to account for students who are in Child and Family Services Agency’s custody, foster care, living in group homes, or receiving a service related to Free Appropriate Public Education. OSSE DOT seeks to support local education agencies (LEAs) by ensuring transportation is routed and available for eligible students.

OSSE DOT understands that students may enroll in an LEA later than expected. Late enrollment may prevent an LEA from submitting the required transportation forms prior to the first day of school. Therefore, OSSE DOT is implementing a new policy that allows LEAs to transport eligible students and receive reimbursement, from OSSE, through the end of the current school year. It is OSSE DOT’s expectation that LEAs will submit transportation request forms as soon as possible, prior to the start of school, and no later than the end of the first month of school. When submissions are received within the first 20 days of school, reimbursement should not be needed.

Please see the documents linked below for guidance.

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