Parkland Transportation Policies and Guidelines
Bus transportation is provided under law to only those students who are residents of the Parkland School District. Non-resident students may not ride a Parkland school bus. Students with an IEP, whose tuition is paid by the Parkland SD, are provided transportation to the school of placement regardless of the distance from the school district’s boundary.
Proof of Residency:
Non-Public school students prior to being assigned transportation must annually complete an Act 372 Form which can be obtained at the non-public school of choice. All public school students must be duly registered and if there is a change of address one must also show proof of their new residency prior to receiving bus assignments. The owning of property within the Parkland School District and the payment of property taxes does not automatically fulfill the residency clause as stated in the Pennsylvania School Code.
New Enrollment for Public School Transportation
Please contact your child’s school to help facilitate this process. The school will contact the Transportation Department to get the new bus and/or daycare information. Once the school receives confirmation from the Transportation Department, the school will contact you with the new bus information. It is important to follow this chain of command so your child’s school can update their records accordingly.
New Enrollment for Nonpublic School Transportation
Contact your child’s non-public school and request an ACT 372 Form. An ACT 372 form authorizes transportation for your child to and from a non-public school. Parkland School District will not transport a child to a non-public school without a completed ACT 372 form on record. ACT 372 must be completed annually for continued transportation services for all non-public school students.
Parkland SD is required by law to provide transportation in accordance with the officially adopted school calendar of all non-public and charter schools regardless whether or not Parkland is open or closed. The only exceptions are New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Christmas.
Parkland’s early dismissal times are as follows:
- High schools – 1 p.m. and/ or 11 a.m.
- Middle schools – 1 p.m.
- Elementary schools – 1:45 p.m.
The Parkland SD recognizes only one residence as the official residence of a student and will transport a student to and from that residence only, except students attending day care and/or families with a Joint Custody Agreement.
Joint Custody Transportation
Parkland will only transport a student to the official address of the student. If a student alternates living with their parents, PSD will transport to either residence provided each residence is located within the PSD.
Student Activity / Field Trips/ Athletic Team Trips
Parkland provides transportation for class trips, community based instruction and athletic team trips. All trips have administrative regulations that govern their appropriateness and where the funds to cover the costs are generated. At no time may a bus leave without appropriate supervision. The Director of School Services and/or his/her designee will make final determinations to the trips logistics including student to chaperone ratio. Only PSD students and approved chaperones will be eligible for transportation.