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Special Circumstances

We understand that some families may have unique transportation needs due to before or after school care arrangements or changes in school zones. This page provides information on how IPS accommodates these special circumstances.

Transportation from Before/After School Care

Students in grades K-8 may be eligible for transportation from before/after school care locations, subject to the following conditions:

  • The family must live in a zone served by the school AND the before/after care must be in a zone served by the school.
  • The AM and PM bus stops must be identical.

Examples of families who would be eligible for transportation from before/after care:

  1. Family A lives in Zone 1, the student is enrolled in before/after care located in Zone 1, and the student attends a Zone 1 school. The family would be eligible for transportation from home or from the before/after care.
  2. Family B lives in Zone 2, the student is enrolled in before/after care located in Zone 3, and the student attends an All-Zone School. The family would be eligible for transportation from home or from the before/after care.
  3. Family C lives in Zone 2, the student is enrolled in before/after care located in Zone 1, and the student attends a Zone 1 and 2 school. The family would be eligible for transportation from home or from the before/after care.

A family is not eligible for before/after care transportation if:

  • The before/after care stop does not serve both pickup and drop-off.
  • The family lives outside the IPS boundary (even if the before/after care is within the IPS boundary).
  • The family lives outside the zone served by the school their student attends.
  • The before/after care is outside the zone served by the school their student attends.

Continued (Grandfathered) Transportation for 2024-2025

Students may be eligible for one year of continued transportation (grandfathered) for the 2024-2025 school year under certain conditions. Please refer to the detailed criteria outlined in the FAQ above to determine if your student qualifies for this reprieve.

In general, a student is eligible for grandfathered transportation if they live in the IPS boundary but outside the zone served by their 2024-2025 school, and they meet all the following criteria:

  • They are enrolled in the same school they wish to attend next year.
  • They currently receive transportation to their school.
  • They are not currently a walker or IndyGo rider.
  • They do not receive transportation through a special exemption or other similar reprieve.
  • They remain living at their current address (reprieve transportation expires if/when a family changes addresses).

Please note that if a student attends their assigned middle school and that middle school serves the zone where the family lives, the family would be eligible for normal, ongoing transportation rather than a one-year reprieve.