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IDEA Complaint Decision 18-040

On May 4, 2018 (form dated May 1, 2018), the Department of Public Instruction (department) received a complaint under state and federal special education law from XXXXX against the Baraboo School District. This is the department’s decision regarding that complaint. The issue is whether the district, during the 2017-2018 school year, properly implemented the individualized education program (IEP) of a student with a disability regarding specialized transportation.

At the beginning of each school year, each local school district must have an IEP in effect for each child with a disability, and special education and related services must be provided to the student as described in the student’s IEP. Specialized transportation is a related service. IEP teams are responsible for determining if specialized transportation is required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education. The IEP should clearly describe how the transportation services will be provided.

The student’s IEP in effect for the 2017-18 school year includes transportation as a related service, described specifically as “transportation to and from school on the days the student is in attendance.” On April 23, 2018, the student was driven from school to home according to the transportation schedule. The student’s parent was not home when the student was dropped off, and the student had to wait outside for a short period of time. The student’s IEP does not require the driver to ensure the student’s parent or another adult is at home at drop off time. The district properly implemented the IEP of a student with a disability regarding specialized transportation.

This concludes our review of this complaint. This decision is final for the IDEA State Complaint process. ,

//signed CST 6/28/2018
Carolyn Stanford Taylor
Assistant State Superintendent
Division for Learning Support