AACPS and partners reassure transportation to students enrolled in special education

Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) is a renowned educational institution dedicated to providing formalized transportation for students enrolled in the standard curriculum and special education programs. Students of all ages who live over a half-mile from their school are evaluated and scheduled on designated routes.
To ensure system adaptability, the prospective drivers undergo training for 30+ hours with 12 hours of devoted classroom training, then certified only after rigorous testing by AACPS staff. The drivers are provided with a commercial driver's license from Motor Vehicle Administration to add a layer of accountability and are subject to United States Department of Transportation physical condition rules and substance abuse regulations.
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) authorizes school districts to contract or employ staff to provide student transportation services between school and home, from school to career and technology locations, and for approved extracurricular activities. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires districts to provide transportation services to students who must travel to receive special education services if they provide regular school transportation services.
In 2018-19, over 62,000 AACPS students were eligible for bus transportation. To meet this need, the district has 54 of its own buses to transport special education students, then contracts with private companies to transport regular education students. In 2018-19, the private companies serviced the district with 581 buses. To efficiently coordinate with private companies and drivers, AACPS partnered with Qryde, customizing an easy dashboard for scheduling and dispatching rides. Today, the team proudly completes 1.2 million-plus rides per day.

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