OPT redefines gen ed school bus eligibility

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:59:00 PM

New paperwork for one by one exceptions

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PLEASE Inform families and school staff of sudden changes to general education busing eligibility as per https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/transportation/bus-eligibility  This was pointed out to Parents to Improve School Transportation by a laid off school bus driver.
Yes there are exceptions for temporary housing, foster care, medical, etcetera but Exception to busing eligibility involves sending a 3 page form + supporting docs and then waiting for it to be processed. Pdf of form is available here in 9 languages: https://schools.nyc.gov/school-life/transportation/bus-eligibility/exceptions-to-transportation-eligibility
Parents without reliable internet will need tech help to complete and email!!  Plus the site admits, regarding medical exception application: "After submission, the Office of Pupil Transportation will send the forms to the Office of School Health for review and recommendation. Please note that the review by the Office of School Health typically takes 2-4 weeks."
Based on ten years of experience: We doubt OPT is reaching out proactively. If folks don't start the process while school is still closed, the delay to their children's busing will be even longer.
On https://www.facebook.com/pistnyc/ and https://twitter.com/pistnyc we are posting photos of English & Spanish versions so that can be shared to people who have phone apps.

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