About the Special Education Program
Special Education Telephone Directory
Approximately 18,460 students with special needs ride on school buses, some attending special education centers and the others attending special education classes housed on regular school site. The LAUSD is very proud of our special education program. We have special training for our staff and drivers to ensure a safe and reliable journey for children with special needs.
Special Education Parent Hotline is available for parents with concerns and questions about their children. Staffed by specially trained, multilingual Parent Liaisons, the Parent Hotline is a major effort to bring answers and guidance directly to LAUSD families. The Parent Hotline is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, and can be reached by dialing 1-800-933-8133.
by District policy, special education students may be eligible for either
of the following types of transportation:
Severely handicapped students, or specified other students, receive home-to-school transportation. These students must be picked up at home due to their serious physical and/or mental disabilities.
No One Home to Receive: In most cases, the parent, guardian, or a responsible adult designated in writing by the parent or guardian, is required to be visible to the bus driver at the scheduled pick-up and drop-off time. In the event no one is home to receive, the driver will make another attempt to safely drop the child off at home in the parent's care, after continuing and finishing the route. If this is not possible, the child is taken back to school to wait with a school administrator until the parent is contacted. Please contact your Area Bus Supervisor for more information.
Non severely handicapped students, whose handicaps are less serious, receive school-to-school transportation which takes them from a school near their home to the school they attend. Sometimes handicapped and non handicapped students ride together.
We train our drivers to stop the bus in a safe area and a safe manner as soon as possible when the student's behavior is unacceptable or potentially injurious.
To stop self injury or injury to others, the driver will hold the student with as much control as required to restrain him/her, until he/she is calm. The driver will then notify the teacher and/or the parent about the student's inappropriate behavior as soon as possible after the incident.
For ongoing problems, the driver, parents and teacher should discuss and make plans for correcting the behavior, such as suspending bus privileges for one day. The purpose would be not to punish, but to help the student to understand and accept bus rules.
Logical consequences have a more lasting effect than punitive consequences. Resistance should not be interpreted as stubbornness or naughtiness. Tantrums are more like emotional storms than willful misbehavior and may be a way the student is trying to communicate.
For more information regarding discipline procedures, click here for Regulations for School Bus Safety.