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POSTED 8/4/2021 from NYAPT News & Notes:

INFORMATION ABOUT THE REQUIREMENT OF BEDS CODES FOR NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS AS IT RELATES TO TRANSPORTATION

The following information is provided by State Director Paul Overbaugh in response to a question from the NYAPT Summer Conference.

LINK TO LOOK UP A BEDS CODE FOR A SCHOOL: https://portal.nysed.gov/pls/sedrefpublic/SED.sed_inst_qry_vw$.startup

Question: Is it required for a non-public school to have a BEDS code to receive transportation?

Answer: Yes. When nonpublic schools (located in NYS) have BEDS codes, their annual enrollment reporting generates State Aid, which is distributed to their school districts of residence to fund the transportation services. Therefore, SED has said that if they aren't getting the funds (which requires the nonpublic school to have a BEDS code), districts are not required to transport students to those schools.

Please note: Districts can decide to transport children to nonpublic schools without BEDS codes. However, if the district chooses to provide transportation to a nonpublic school without a BEDS code, it is with the understanding they will not receive state aid for that non-public school's annual enrollment.

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AIR FILTRATION SYSTEMS APPROVED BY SED AND DOT (From 8/4/2021 Issue of News and Notes)

Air filtration systems for use on school buses have been approved by SED and DOT. Click on the link below to read a recent guidance document sent out by Jeff Corey, Field Operations Manager at DOT. NYAPT has worked with SED and DOT along with several NYAPT members who have an interest in installing filtration systems on school buses. The industry appreciates the approval for installation of air cleaning technology options for school buses as it provides another level of safety for our student riders.

HEPA filter system installation guidance for NYS vehicles - 07/30/2021

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX

The link above lists the C.P.I rate increases in Pupil Transportation Contract Extensions for the 2009-10 through 2019-20 school years.

6/11/2021 The CPI for the 2021-2022 School Year is 3.2%.

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SCHOOL BUS DRIVER SHORTAGE STUDY - 2/2019

"Yellow Buses, Red Flags:  New York's School Bus Driver Shortage"

bus-driver-shortage-report-02062019.pdf

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