What is the district's current transportation radius?
As of July 1, 2017, the district will provide bus passes for use to and from school for elementary and middle school (K-8) pupils residing in the City of Erie and live one and a half (1.5) miles or more from the school in which the pupils are enrolled. New in 2017-18, the district will provide bus passes for use to and from school for high school students who reside in the City of Erie and live two (2) miles or more from the school.
Why does the district contract with EMTA for transportation instead of providing yellow bus service for students?
Erie's Public Schools has been contracting with EMTA for many years to provide bus service to students because the district receives a higher rate of reimbursement from the Commonwealth of PA for this type of contracted service. Each year, EMTA works with the district to develop routes that meet student transportation needs to and from school.
How do I get a bus pass if my child is eligible?
Parents must complete a bus pass application through their school office/school secretary. Applications can also be downloaded here and turned in to the school office. Please note that all students must apply to receive a bus pass in 2017-18, even if they were approved last year. EMTA will not allow students to ride the bus without an official bus pass after September 11, 2017.
May the school district suspend busing services for a child? Yes. Transportation is a privilege, not a right. Are school districts required to transport students? No. Pennsylvania law does not require a school district to provide transportation for its students. As a convenience to district families, the Erie School District chooses to provide transportation for students that live outside of a school's immediate area.
Must transportation be provided for special education students? Transportation must be provided as required by a child’s individualized education program (IEP). How can I reach the transportation department?