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Parent Questions


I cannot see my child's bus stop from the house. Are there state laws that set the standards for bus stop location?

No law requires a parent to see the bus stop from home. Students in Ohio may be assigned to a  bus  stop  up  to one-half mile from their home  and  we encourage  parents to accompany their child  to the bus  stop whenever possible. This teaches the child  safe habits of walking to and    from the bus stop and may give the parent piece of mind. Bus  stop locations are determined by each  district's board  of education.


Are sidewalks required for my child to get to  his/her bus   stop?


Many students walk alongside of roadways to reach their bus stop and in some instances no sidewalks exist. While we understand this may be of concern  in some situations, the Department of Education does not promulgate bus stop placement. Issues relating to where a child's bus  stop is  located and  safety concerns along  the way to the bus  stop must be  addressed with the district in which  you  reside.


I transport my child to a nonpublic/community school each day and just learned a program  exists for reimbursement.  How can  I be  reimbursed for transporting my child?


As a parent, you should contact your public school district and request transportation. If it is not practical for them to do so, they will work with you to initiate a process to establish  payment-in-  lieu of transportation. Parents are not afforded the option of being paid for transporting their own child  in  cases where the service is  provided  by the district but is  not the service parents prefer.


I make my child wait inside of my house until the bus  is at the stop. I have heard this is not allowed -  is this  true?


Ohio law requires children to be waiting at the bus stop prior to its arrival. Bus drivers count the students at the bus stop before they load and as they get on the bus to ensure all children are safely on board. If students are not waiting at the bus stop the bus driver cannot count them and cannot be certain the students are all safely on board.  Waiting at the bus stop before the bus  arrives further ensures that no  one chases after the bus -  this is a very dangerous thing to do.

Many districts also instruct their buses to not stop at locations where no students are waiting.


My child has an I.E.P. but transportation  is not being provided. Why is this?


A child who has an I.E.P. does not automatically receive transportation unless the I.E.P. team writes this into the related services. If transportation is not included on the I.E.P. your child will be transported similarly to regular education students in your  district.


My child attends MCCTC / STEM program.  How will transportation be affected when there's a snow day, or when the school calendar at MCCTC does not align with Boardman?

For MCCTC and STEM students, ANY day Boardman is not in session, the MCCTC/STEM bus #43 still runs.  It departs our high school by door #9 at 7:25AM and returns at 2:40 PM.  YOU are responsible to get your child there (BHS) to meet the bus on those particular days.

During the school year on normal days when both schools are in session, students will ride their regular bus from home, to BHS to meet bus #43 for the career center.