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Transportation Guidelines

What are the guidelines to qualify for transportation services?

 General Transportation Guidelines

Grades K – 1

Student lives 0.5 miles or more from enrolled school

Grades 2 – 5

Student lives 1.0 miles or more from enrolled school

Grades 6 – 8

Student lives 1.5 miles or more from enrolled school

 Grades 9 – 12

Student lives 2.0 miles or more from enrolled school

 
Will my child receive transportation to their Kindergarten through grade 8 placement?


Transportation eligibility changes as your child progresses in grades (see guidelines above). As a result, your child may not be eligible to receive transportation throughout all grades that they are in school. Parents of elementary aged children who select and accept a placement to a school outside of their Home Zone are not eligible for transportation services.

Transportation will not be provided for elementary students placed in schools outside their Home Zone, except for these schools:

  • Achievement First, located in Zone 1, will provide transportation to Zones 1 & 2
  • Global Communications Academy, located in Zone 1, will provide transportation to students in all 4 Home Zones if they are eligible under the transportation guidelines.

How do I know which schools are in my Home Zone?

Hartford has four school zones; if you are unsure what zone you live in, please visit SmarterHartford.org to find your home zone.


Are Pre-K students eligible for transportation?


Children ages 3 and 4 in Pre-Kindergarten are NOT eligible for transportation.

My child was placed in a school outside of my Home Zone, but it was not my choice. Can my child receive transportation? 


Yes. Children who are placed outside of their Home Zone due to lack of space in the schools within their Zone will be provided with transportation to that school for one school year, based on the mileage parameters detailed above.

My family is currently homeless. Can my child receive transportation?


Yes. Children who are homeless will be provided with transportation regardless of school or Home Zone. Transportation services are reevaluated when a child's homeless status changes.

I am a foster parent. Can my child receive transportation to the school that s/he attended previously? What if it is in a different Zone?


Yes. Foster children will be provided with transportation to their school, regardless of school or Home Zone.


For more information visit the transportation page.