What Are the State Laws and Policies on Providing School Bus Transportation in Connecticut?

In general, state law requires each local or regional board of education to provide transportation to school-aged children wherever reasonable and desirable.  Transportation is categorized as a type of “school accommodation” that boards of education must provide so that children aged five to 20 years may attend public school.  A parent, guardian, or student aged 18 or older is entitled to a hearing before the board of education when a school accommodation, such as transportation, is denied.  Boards of education have the authority to create their own transportation policies within the confines of the law.

State law also requires municipalities and school districts to provide transportation services to students enrolled in nonprofit, private schools in grades kindergarten through 12.  This only applies when a majority of students attending the private school are Connecticut residents.

If you have any questions related to education law in Connecticut, please contact Joseph C. Maya, Esq. at (203) 221-3100 or e-mail him directly at JMaya@Mayalaw.com.