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Is a charter school required to provide transportation?The charter school may provide transportation for students enrolled at the school, but is not required to do so. The charter school must develop a plan so that transportation is not a barrier to any student who resides in the local school district in which the school is located. The charter school is not required to provide transportation to any student who lives within one and one-half miles of the school. At the request of the charter school and if the local board of the local school administrative unit in which the charter school is located operates a school bus system, then that local board may contract with the charter school to provide transportation in accordance with the charter school's transportation plan to students who reside in the local school administrative unit. A local board may charge the charter school a reasonable charge that is sufficient to cover the cost of providing this transportation. Furthermore, a local board may refuse to provide transportation under this subsection if it demonstrates there is no available space on buses it intends to operate during the term of the contract or it would not be practically feasible to provide this transportation. Charter schools must provide transportation to students who enroll and have transportation accommodations on their IEP as a related service. Contact the school directly for further information about whether transportation is provided at that charter school.Charter Schools
NC General Assembly G.S. 115C-218.40 Charter School Transportation
If my school does not offer transportation for all students, does my school have to provide it for students who have transportation listed as a related service in their Individualized Education Program (IEP)?Yes. Transportation can be identified as a related service required to ensure that a student can access the school. In that case, charter schools must develop a plan to accommodate these students.

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