Dear Lower Lab Families,

We have received multiple requests to reconsider the current bus changes implemented today effecting students who live less than a mile from the school in grades 3-5.

According to Chancellor’s Regulation A-801, transportation eligibility for children who are not mandated for specialized transportation because of their IEP (Individualized Education Program), is determined on the basis of the student’s grade level and the distance between the student’s residence and school.

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Unfortunately, after many emails and several conversations to advocate for your children, the Office of Pupil Transportation remains firm on the guidelines, so sadly our hands are tied. These rules are only altered via specific exceptions.

http://www.optnyc.org/resources/GeneralInformationForParentsandGuardiansRegardingExceptions.pdf

The school does not grant variances as this is an OPT request made by families directly. Some families have already attempted this process and have been unsuccessful.

We are aware that this change has impacted several families and sympathize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Respectfully,

Sandy Miller