Helena Public Schools has elected to provide student transportation services as allowed by the Montana Codes Annotated (MCA 20-10-121).
(1) The trustees of a district may furnish transportation to an eligible student who attends a school of the district or has been granted permission to attend a school outside of the district. Whenever the trustees of a district provide transportation for an eligible student, the trustees shall provide all eligible student of the district with transportation. The trustees shall furnish transportation when directed to do so by the county transportation committee and when that direction is upheld by the superintendent of public instruction.
(2) The tendering of a contract to the parent or guardian under which the district would pay the parent or guardian for individually transporting the pupil or pupils fulfills the district’s obligation to furnish transportation for an eligible student. The parent or guardian of an eligible student may provide transportation or arrange for transportation for the parent’s or guardian’s child at the parent’s or guardian’s own expense to any district willing to accept the child.
(3) The type of transportation provided by a district may be:
(4) When the parent or guardian of an elementary pupil consents to a trip of over 1 hour, the trustees may require the eligible student to ride a school bus for more than 1 hour each trip.
The student lives at least seven miles from school and no school bus is provided, or lives at least seven miles from the bus stop; and roads are not graded for at least one half of the distance from home to the school or bus stop, and roads present considerable difficulty in bad weather, and special equipment ordinarily is required; and the county transportation committee determines that hardship (physical and/or financial) exists.
Reimbursement is made only for the portion of the trip that a student is in the car.
If the distance from the student’s home to the nearest bus stop or school decreases during the term of the individual contract, the district must amend the contract to reflect the lower mileage and must notify the superintendent of public instruction and the county superintendent of the date and lowered mileage became effective. The superintendent of public instruction will recalculate the daily reimbursement rate and will assign a new contract number to the amended contract. The school district must claim the number of days that transportation occurs at each distance on the TR-5 School District Claim for Individual Transportation Reimbursement Form.
Sited from the Helena Schools Handbook
And the Pupil Transportation information pages on www.opi.mt.gov