SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — A parent has raised concerns about a change in school transportation for her child, who has special needs: he is being transported to school on the same bus as children without special needs this year, WFTV reports.
In a recent incident, Marquita Smith’s son, a 7-year-old who is autistic and has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, was pushed by another student at the bus stop, according to the news source. Smith told WFTV that last year, her son rode on a bus that only had other special-needs students aboard and he qualified for an individual education plan. Seminole County Public Schools told her the transportation agreement changed this year, and the district no longer has special-needs buses, according to the news source.
School district officials told the news source that the district does not have the resources to provide buses only for special-needs students, but there is a monitor on the bus for children who need assistance, WFTV reports. Seminole County Public Schools officials added that the district has special-needs students interact with other students to provide the opportunity to be educated in the least restrictive environment.
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