Open Enrollment Transportation Assistance
The transportation reimbursement for the 2019-2020 school year for qualifying open enrolled families is $542. The 2020-2021 amount will be released in January 2021. Transportation assistance is only available to families who open enroll between contiguous districts. The cost of transportation reimbursement incurred by the resident district should be deducted from the tuition sent to the receiving district. If the application for transportation assistance is filed after the beginning of the school year, the cost of providing the transportation should be pro-rated. If a parent/guardian qualifies for school transportation assistance, the resident district has the authority to determine how the transportation assistance will be provided. The type of transportation assistance is not a parent/guardian choice. The resident district may meet its statutory obligation in one of three ways:
1. Provide transportation for the pupil(s) to a stop on the bus line of the receiving district
2. Allow the receiving district to enter the resident district to pick up the pupil(s) if the receiving district requests this arrangement. If either the sending or receiving district does not approve the arrangement, the resident district is still obligated to provide transportation assistance
3. The resident district may provide a parent/guardian with a cash reimbursement at $542 per child each year for up to four children in a family. The maximum number of children can include only one secondary (9-12) child and up to three elementary (K-8) children. 281-IAC 17.9
Income guidelines can be found in the Open Enrollment Handbook on the Iowa Department of Education website.
For additional information, contact Sara Nickel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-281-3778.