3.1 To facilitate transportation for children in foster care, LEAs receiving Title I funds must collaborate with local child welfare agencies (CWAs) [(ESEA §1112(c)(5)(B))] to:
- Develop and implement clear written procedures by December 10, 2016 on how transportation will be provided, and arranged, for the duration of the time in foster care; and
- Ensure that children will promptly receive transportation in a cost-effective manner in accordance with the Fostering Connections Act, Section 475(4)(A) Social Security Act, and N.J.A.C. 6A:27-6.4.
3.2 Title I is an allowable funding source to pay for additional costs needed to transport children in foster care to the district of residence; however, funds reserved for comparable services for homeless children and youth (ESEA §1113(c)(3)(A)(i)) may not be used for transportation of children in foster care.
3.3 LEAs must provide or arrange for adequate and appropriate transportation to and from the pre-placement school district while any disputes regarding transportation are being resolved.
3.4 Beginning on the sixth school day after the best interest determination is made, and the school receives the School Notification Letter from the Division of Child Protection & Permanency (DCP&P), the school district where the child is attending becomes responsible for consulting with the district of residence to arrange any mandated transportation services. The district of residence is responsible for funding the transportation in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:27-6.4.