Parents Flat Rate Program – Transportation (2023)

The Philadelphia School District created a program to provide a monthly payment to eligible parents who choose not to use the district's bus, pickup truck, or taxi service and instead drive their child to and from school. All registered families receive $300 per month ($3,000 for the school year) to transport their child to and from school. We are also now offering families the opportunity to receive $150 per month ($1,500 for the school year) to take their child to school in the morning but still use the bus, van or taxi service in the afternoon.

*****If you have not applied to the program by the September 30th deadline, you will not be eligible for payment until the school submits a documented Transportation Action Request (TAR) requesting the program . If you are deemed qualified, you will be eligible for payments beginning the month the TAR is submitted.

***Please allow 30 days from the end of the month to receive your payment. Your first payment can take up to 60 days

TO UPDATE -If a family has applied for the flat rate program but has since decided to be put back on the bus, a transport action request(TEER)must be submitted by a school official for the application. The following must be entered in the TAR:The family has been approved for the flat rate but are requesting to be placed back on a router

**Once you have enrolled in the flat rate program, you should expect to participate for the duration of the school year. If you wish to return to a county bus, taxi or van at any time, this is subject to availability and may take a long time to return.

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**Submitting a monthly payment form does NOT mean you are enrolled in the program. If you have not applied during the summer or September enrollment periods and have not been accepted into the program by a school official, you will not be eligible for payments for either the 2021-22 or 2022-23 school years.


There were two enrollment periods for the 2022/23 school year. During either period, an entry form was required to be eligible for September. The enrollment form was considered an application and evaluated to determine if your child is eligible for the program.

  • May 15 – June 19 (completed)
  • August 15 – September 30 (completed)

student transport pass

In order to receive the monthly payment on time, the correct entry is mandatorystudent transport passon theMonthly payment formand theadmission form. The ID can be found on your authorization letter mailed from the Department of Transportation Services. You can also get it by contacting your school and requesting your child's transport ID. Below are important details for submitting ID:

  • The driver's license may differ from your child's school ID
  • Please do not enter any characters other than numbers or letters when submitting the ID. For example, please do not enter symbols such as: (/), (@) or (-).
  • If your child's ID begins with a C or an S, the next two digits are always a zero. Please do not follow these letters with the letter "O".
  • If your child does not have a transit card, a school official must issue one in order to receive payments.

address mismatch

If your child's address changes during the school year, please indicate the new address on the "change of address" line on theMonthly payment form. You must also contact your school and have a school official update the address on the transit system. If the address is not updated in the system, payments will not be processed.


Please follow the guidelines below to receive the monthly payment. Every month theMonthly payment formmust be presented by the parent/guardian. You can find a link to the form in the sidebar on the right side of the website. A school principal or authorized school official will also provide thisMonthly payment formto confirm participation for each student enrolled in the program.

  • The monthly payment is made per household, not per child.
  • The program is for students who are eligible for district-provided buses. Students who are only eligible to receive a SEPTA rate card are not eligible.
  • please allow30 days after the end of the monthto receive your payment. Your first payment may take up to60 days from the end of the monthto obtain.
  • In order to participate in the flat rate program, a Vehicle Information Number (VIN) must be entered on the monthly payment form. If the individual VIN cannot be verified for each household, the payment will not be issued. A VIN for multiple households will not be accepted.
  • For the 2021/22 school year there were two registration periods for the flat rate program via Google forms. If no enrollment request was submitted and no request was submitted by the school, the student did not participate in the flat rate program.Submission of the monthly payment form does not imply that the student participated in the program prior to application.
  • For the 2022-23 school year, to participate in the program, atadmission formwas required during one of the two enrollment periods.All families had to apply in order to participate.If you were enrolled in the program in previous yearsadmission formwas still required.
  • The program is only valid from September to June.
  • Students must attend 70% of their school's attendance days to qualify for that month's payment.
  • Each month, an authorized school official must review the days attended for that particular month through theMonthly payment form.
  • oneMonthly payment formis filled out for each household. If more than one child is being transported in the household, please enter the same details for the child each month.
  • The parent/guardian and school official must provide the Student Transportation ID on the monthly form (found on your authorization letter sent by Transportation Services or by contacting your school's main office). If the ID card is not sent correctly, there may be delays in payment.

Please contact your child's school for more information. You can also send an emailParenttrans@PhilaSd.orgwith any questions or concerns. See the frequently asked questions for more details(FAQ)in the sidebar on the right side of the website.

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Liability Policy

By signing up for the Parent Flat Rate program, you agree to the following policies:

"In consideration of and in exchange for the monthly transportation reimbursement I am receiving, I agree for myself, my child, my executors and trustees to assume and meet my child's school transportation needs and agree that the school district is of Philadelphia not responsible or liable in any way for my child's school transportation. I further agree to indemnify and forever release the Philadelphia School District and its agents, officers, employees and volunteers from any claim that I may have myself or that I may have on behalf of my child relating to any claim or demand, damages and claims or actions of any kind, including those based on negligence, in any way arising out of this transportation.”

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Registration form ’22-23

The application deadlines for the flat rate program have expired. If you have not applied, you can still be accepted into the program. Please contact your school and ask a school official to submit a Transportation Action Request (TAR) requesting the flat rate program. Please note that you are eligible to receive payments from the month the documented TAR was submitted. Families are NOT entitled to payments for previous months.

Monthly payment form

This form is not an application. Parents/guardians who are registered in either theflat rate programor theMileage Refund Programmust submit this form at the end of each month to qualify for payment. Please note - your child must be enrolled in the program prior to submitting this form. JULY & AUGUST DO NOT APPLY TO THE FLAT RATE PROGRAM.

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frequently asked Questions

Please click here for some of our frequently asked questions about the Parents Flat Rate Program

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Are schools required to provide transportation Texas? ›

Yes, under certain circumstances. A board may require a reasonable fee for transportation to and from school of a student who lives within two miles of the school, except that the district may not charge a fee for transporting students who are eligible for state funding. Tex. Educ.

How long can a child legally be on a school bus in Texas? ›

Pupil Transportation

Education Law (EL 3635) does not contain a maximum length of time that a pupil may be expected to spend riding on a school bus. However, it is widely accepted that the en route time must be reasonable.

How far do you have to live from a school to get a bus in PA? ›

Distance Criteria

1. Kindergarten through grade eight students are eligible for transportation if they live more than 1.5 miles from school. 2. Grades nine through 12 students are eligible for transportation if they live more than 2 miles from school.

How do I write an application for a school bus? ›

I, Mr./Ms _ _ _ Mother/Father of __ _ _ of Class. _ _ _ who is a bonafied student of your school vide Admn. No ____________ would like to request you to kindly provide school transport to my ward as I am unable to arrange the transport for my ward at my own. Kindly arrange the transport for my ward from ……………………………..

What do you need to transport school children? ›

Those who transport children to school must have:
  1. a professional driving permit.
  2. an ID indicating your name, ID number, kind of vehicle you are permitted to drive, and the name of the owner or holder of the operating licence.
  3. a first aid certificate.
  4. an advanced or defensive driving qualification.
Jan 31, 2017

How much does a school bus cost in Texas? ›

Buying a school bus is a great idea—especially in smaller towns where residents tend to have longer commutes to school. A new full-sized diesel school bus costs around $200,000-$220,000.

At what age does a child need their own room legally in Texas? ›

Section 749.3029 - May children of opposite genders share a bedroom? (a) A child six years old or older must not share a bedroom with a child of the opposite gender, unless: (1) They are siblings; (2) The older child is the younger child's parent; or (3) Both children are non-ambulatory child and receive treatment ...

How long can a 9 year old stay home alone in Texas? ›

Answer: Texas law doesn't say what age is old enough for a child to stay at home alone. However, adequate supervision is critical to keeping kids safe. An adult caregiver is accountable for the child's care and inadequate supervision can be a type of neglect (neglectful supervision).

Can a parent go to jail for truancy in Texas? ›

Penalties for Parents of Truant Students

If parents disobey those orders, they could be charged with contempt and face fines, up to three days in jail, and/or community service. Parents could also face misdemeanor charges if they were criminally negligent by not forcing their kids to go to school. (Tex. Educ.

Do you need a CDL to drive a school bus? ›

Guidance: Yes. Any driver of a bus that is designed to transport 16 or more persons, or that has a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more, is required to obtain a CDL in the applicable class with a passenger endorsement. This includes drivers transporting empty school buses on a public highway.

How many points do you get for going around a school bus? ›

Four (4) points assessed against driving record. Must stop at least 25 feet away from a school bus. Cannot proceed until the bus resumes motion or the visual signals are no longer actuated.

Can you go around a school bus with yellow flashing lights? ›

Flashing overhead yellow lights: Slow down and prepare to stop, because the red flashing lights will be engaged. Flashing overhead red lights: Behind the bus, stop. Coming the other way, stop unless there is a median or other barrier between you and the bus.

What do you say in a bus driver interview? ›

Example: “I have a driver CPC from the age of 20 and five years of experience driving a bus for a reputed company. Apart from the CPC, I have a clean driving record. I always stay on schedule while keeping the safety of passengers in mind."

How do I write an application for a bus? ›


How can I write a simple application? ›

How to write an application letter
  1. Research the company and job opening. ...
  2. Use a professional format. ...
  3. State the position you're applying for. ...
  4. Explain why you're the best fit for the job. ...
  5. Summarize your qualifications. ...
  6. Mention why you want the job. ...
  7. Include a professional closing.
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How do I register for school transport? ›

Letter from Educational Institution (scholar transport)
To register, the following documents are required:
  1. Copy of ID/Company/CC;
  2. Copy of SARS' Tax Clearance;
  3. Proof of Address;
  4. Certificate of Fitness (CoF); (of vehicle/s.
  5. Certificate of Registration (CoR). (of vehicle/s.

How much is public transportation per month in Texas? ›

Monthly Pass:

E-Fare 31-Day Pass - $35. E-Fare Half-Fare 31-Day Pass - $17.50.

How much do school bus driver's Make in Texas per hour? ›

How much does a School District Bus Driver make in Texas? As of Jan 7, 2023, the average annual pay for a School District Bus Driver in Texas is $33,694 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $16.20 an hour. This is the equivalent of $647/week or $2,807/month.

Is driving cheaper than bus? ›

A bus journey is the cheapest, while driving is the most expensive, even without factoring in £20 per day to park.

How long can a 7 year old stay home alone in Texas? ›

Texas law doesn't specify what age is old enough for a child to stay home alone. However, if you decide to leave a child under 15 at home alone and something bad happens – such as a fire, injury or crime – you could find yourself facing criminal abandonment charges.

Can a 7 year old stay home alone in Texas? ›

Answer: Texas law doesn't say what age is old enough for a child to stay at home alone.

Can a school refuse to release a child to a parent in Texas? ›

If the new parent is requesting to remove the child from school, and the known parent asks the school not to release the child, explain that the school does not have authority to withhold a child from his or her parent absent a court order.

At what age in Texas can a child choose which parent to live with? ›

In the state of Texas, a child's decision cannot be the sole factor in determining which parent the child lives with. When the child reaches the age of 12, upon motion, the court can consider the child's wishes when it comes to who they will live with.

What age in Texas can a child choose to live with one parent? ›

§153.008 allowed a child 12 years of age or older to submit their preference to the court in writing. The judge would then take the written preference as evidence and determine where the child should live based on his or her best interests.

Can I leave my 9 year old home alone for 20 minutes? ›

babies, toddlers and very young children should never be left alone. children under the age of 12 are rarely mature enough to cope in an emergency and should not be left at home alone for a long period of time. children under the age of 16 should not be left alone overnight. NSPCC website.

How many absences are allowed in a school year before court in Texas? ›

School districts are required to notify parents of attendance requirements at the beginning of the school year. This notice must state that the parent may be subject to prosecution and the student may be referred to truancy court if the student is absent 10 or more days or parts of days within a six-month period. Tex.

What happens if a kid refuses to go to school in Texas? ›

Parents will receive a written warning if their child has a certain number of unexcused absences. Parents who fail to comply with the compulsory education laws may face criminal charges for a Class C misdemeanor.

How many absences are allowed in a school year in Texas? ›

The average school year is 180 days. So, your child can only miss 18 days of school or 18 days of a specific class (or 9 days if they're on a semester schedule) before the 90% rule affects their class credit.

Can I drive a 12 passenger van with a regular license? ›

Driving licence held on or after 1 January 1997

However, you can drive a minibus with a full category B (entitlement to drive a regular car) within the UK up to 16 passenger seats as long as the following conditions apply: you're 21 or older. you've had your driving licence for at least 2 years.

How much do bus drivers make? ›

The average bus driver salary in Ireland is € 31 073 per year or € 15.94 per hour. Entry-level positions start at € 27 300 per year, while most experienced workers make up to € 40 600 per year.

Can you drive an empty bus on a car licence? ›

Vehicles you can drive if you have a full category B (car) driving licence: a passenger carrying vehicle manufactured more than 30 years before the date it is driven and not used for hire or reward or for the carriage of more than eight passengers. a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats.

Can you get a ticket for going around a school bus? ›

Penalties for Passing a California School Bus

They usually catch offenders by contacting a nearby patrol car about a vehicle involved in breaking the law. If you don't stop for a school bus when you should, you may face up to $1,000 in fines. Your driving privileges could also be suspended for one year.

Can you pass around a school bus? ›

When a school bus is traveling on a roadway, you're generally permitted to pass when it's safe to do so, as it would with passing any other type of vehicle.

Can you stop your car at a bus stop? ›

When can you park in a bus stop? Stopping with any part of your vehicle (not just the wheels) on a restricted bus stop is likely to get you a hefty penalty charge. Rule 243 of The Highway Code tells road users: “Do not stop of park at or near a bus or tram stop or taxi rank”.

What do orange flashing lights on a school bus mean? ›

When a bus has alternating flashing amber (yellow) lights on, it is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Be ready to stop and watch for children in the roadway. Parents… are very important in helping keep children safe on the school bus.

What does it mean when a school bus has a flashing white light? ›

The purpose of equipping buses with roof mount strobe lights is to alert motorists that a school bus is in the vicinity. This may be especially helpful in severe weather conditions, such as rain, fog, smog, and snow, where the vision of approaching motorists is more obscured.

When a school bus is stopped with its flashing red lights on you must stop? ›

When a school bus is stopped and flashing its red lights, drivers approaching from both directions must stop. This is because children are being loaded or unloaded. The drivers cannot proceed until the bus begins moving, or the bus driver signals to let vehicles pass, or the red lights are no longer flashing.

Is transportation provided for schools in the US? ›

American pupil transportation provides an estimated 10 billion rides to and from school annually. In 1950, 7 million children were transported in 115,000 school buses. Fifty years later, 448,307 school buses transported 22,675,116 children more than 3,788,427,941 miles to and from public schools.

What is the purpose of the Texas Department of transportation? ›

Optimize system performance

Develop and operate an integrated transportation system that provides reliable and accessible mobility, and enables economic growth. Mitigate congestion. Enhance connectivity and mobility. Improve the reliability of our transportation system.

Does Texas have a Department of transportation? ›

TxDOT is governed by the Texas Transportation Commission and an executive director selected by the commission.

How much is a ticket for not stopping for a school bus in Texas? ›

Texas School Safety Laws

The fine for not stopping for a school bus has gone up from $200 to $500, and can even have a maximum penalty of $1,250.

What is school transport assistance? ›

What is home to school travel assistance? Home to school travel assistance exists to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities who may find it difficult to travel to school or college without the help of assistance from the local authority.

How much is the school transport conveyance allowance? ›

Conveyance allowance payments

SESTA students: $0.27 per km to a maximum of $20 per school day, per student. If more than one student from the same family is eligible for the SESTA conveyance allowance, and is attending the same school, the maximum payment is $20 per school day.

Is school transport free for everyone this year? ›

School transport is free for the 2022/2023 school year

Families that apply for and receive a school transport ticket for the academic year 2022/23 will not be charged a fee for their school bus ticket this year.

What services does the Department of Transport provide? ›

Land Transport and Roads

To provide for the maintenance and upgrade of the transport network and ensure the delivery of public transport services with particular regard to economic competitiveness, social needs, sustainability and safety objectives.

Does TxDOT pay weekly? ›

5 answers. The pay is low and it once a month.. Pay is monthly.

Who needs TxDOT? ›

You need to get a TXDOT number if you: Operate/Own a vehicle (or combination of vehicles) with a gross weight, registered weight or gross-weight rating exceeding 26,000 pounds. Transport hazardous materials in a quantity that requires placarding.

Does Texas Medicaid pay for transportation? ›

Nonemergency medical transportation services are available for a Medicaid beneficiary or their child. These services include rides to doctor's office, dentist's office, hospital, drug store or any place that provides covered health care services. Types of rides include: Public transportation, like the city bus.

Is TxDOT free? ›

TxDOT, with the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, offers a free Austin-area patrol service program to clear minor crashes and assist motorists.

Does school bus have camera in Texas? ›

The cameras are located on the same side of the school bus as the stop arm - the driver's side. There are multiple cameras that will take photographs of vehicles illegally passing a stopped school bus.

What happens if you pass a school bus with flashing lights in Texas? ›

Violators can receive up to a $1,250 fine, driver's license suspension, and even jail time, depending on the number of convictions and the seriousness of the incident. Knowing the flashing-light system that school bus drivers use to signal their intentions to motorists can save lives.

Can you pass a school bus with flashing yellow lights in Texas? ›

Drivers can only pass a school bus if the flashing lights are no longer activated, or if it has resumed driving. Drivers must always obey speed zones with flashing school zone lights and/or signs.


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