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Elimination of Home to School Transportation Services

At its May 22nd meeting, the FUSD Board of Education made the decision to eliminate Home-to-School bus transportation for general education students for the 2019-20 school year. The item was one of several reductions made to balance the District's budget for the upcoming school year. This was a difficult decision that the Board did not take lightly, but given the financial challenges faced by public school districts throughout California, FUSD could not continue a program that has been running at a deficit for several years. FUSD has reached out to Alameda County Transit and other agencies seeking solutions to assist our families in need of transportation and will keep you informed of developments over the summer. We understand this decision will cause inconvenience for many of our students and families. We regret these circumstances and will do everything possible to find and create alternatives prior to the start of the new school year.

Video of the May 22nd Board Meeting is available HERE.

 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

School bus transportation services will not be available for general education students beginning August 28, 2019 and continuing until the decision is overturned by the FUSD Board of Education.  Parents/guardians will need to make alternative transportation arrangements for their students, such as establishing carpools or utilizing public transportation.  Information for public transit buses (AC Transit) can be located on our AC Transit Routes & Information page.

 

WILL OTHER SERVICES BE AFFECTED?

  • TRANSPORTATION FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS (curb-to-curb transportation): Transportation services for eligible special education students will continue uninterrupted.  The Transportation Department will provide increased service on yellow school buses and will significantly reduce the number of routes handled by outside contractors (i.e. American Logistics Company (ALC), Go Green, and Pawar Transportation).  Eligibility for curb-to-curb service is determined in the student's Individualized Education Program (IEP).  If you are unsure if your special education student is eligible for curb-to-curb transportation, please contact the Special Education Department.
  • FIELD TRIPS: School bus transportation will continue to be provided for field trips.
  • SUMMER SCHOOL/EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR (ESY) 2019: The change in service goes into effect for the 2019-2020 school year, beginning August 28, 2019.  Service for eligible summer school/ESY students, both in general education and special education programs, will continue as planned for the 2019 summer session.  Please see the Extended School Year/Summer School Information page for more details.

 

WOULD INCREASING THE PRICE OF BUS PASSES HELP?

Though bus pass fees were slated to increase for the 2019-2020 school year, FUSD Board Policy and California state law limit the amount families may be charged for home to school transportation.  Even if fees were increased to the maximum amount allowed, it would not be enough to offset the actual cost of transporting 800+ general education students and 700+ special education students each school year.

Eliminating bus routes for general education students allows the Transportation Department to significantly reduce the number of routes handled by outside contractors, which is estimated to save the District over $3 million each year.  For more information, please watch the video of the May 22, 2019 board meeting HERE.

 

WILL HOME TO SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION FOR GENERAL EDUCATION STUDENTS RESUME IN THE FUTURE?

At this time, the Transportation Department is hopeful that the elimination of home to school transportation will be temporary.  If/when home to school transportation is authorized to resume by the FUSD Board of Education, parents/guardians will be notified by the District.

 

CAN THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT CHANGE THE DECISION?

Transportation Department management and staff do not have the authority to overrule or modify a decision made by the FUSD Board of Education.  Parents/Guardians with concerns regarding the change in school bus transportation availability are encouraged to attend Board of Education meetings.  Meeting dates are available on the Board of Education page.