What is the district's current transportation radius?
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. 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?
If your student received a bus pass last year and has not moved or changed schools, a new pass has automatically been printed for them and can be picked up in their school office. If a pass has not been printed or if your student has moved/changed schools, please update your information with the School Secretary and complete a bus pass application. Applications can also be downloaded here and turned in to your school office. EMTA will not allow students to ride the bus without an official bus pass after Tuesday, September 17, 2019.*
*If you have completed a form but your child has not received a pass, school administrators will have the ability to issue a temporary bus pass until you receive a decision on the bus pass application.
I'm concerned about EMTA school buses being overcrowded with students. What options does my child have?
Please remember that district-issued bus passes are valid for any EMTA route from a student’s home to his/her school. If a student misses the "tripper" route designed for their school, they are able to ride any other EMTA bus that is convenient for them. We encourage families to familiarize themselves with EMTA routes so they can identify alternate routes if/when needed. One or more of these alternate routes might be more convenient for a student depending on his/her needs. More information (and a downloadable EMTA route app) is available at www.ride-the-e.com.
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?