Children with Special Needs

Door-to-door transportation is provided for special needs children. To ensure the health and safety of everyone, a strict schedule is maintained by the drivers so that all children arrive at school on time. The drivers are instructed to sound their horns upon arrival, sound it again after 2 minutes have elapsed, then leave unless otherwise notified by the Transportation Office.

Transportation is provided by an outside vendor via a bidding process. The current vendor is SP&R. The toll free phone number for SP&R is 866.580.0003.

Transportation services will be discontinued following the third day of a child’s absence from school. Parents must call 617.349.6702 or 617.349.6862 to resume transportation.

In the case of vehicle breakdown, every effort will be made to notify family. A backup vehicle will be sent as soon as possible. Please note that on days when there is bad weather, the vehicle may be late. If the vehicle does not arrive within a reasonable time, call 617.349.6862.

It is the parent’s responsibility to notify SP&R: 781.224.0003 (or TOLL-FREE 866.580.0003) if the special needs child will not be attending school on a certain day. Parents or an authorized representative must be present to receive children returning from school. Special needs children will not be left at home without a parent or representative to greet them. Special needs students who are not met by an adult will be taken to the Office of Special Education located at 159 Thorndike Street in Cambridge. Call 617.349.6502; parent is responsible for picking up the student at that address.

School Closings
In district door to door transportation is canceled when CPS is canceled.

Out of district door to door transportation is canceled when CPS is canceled and the receiving school is in session. Out of district door to door transportation is also canceled when the receiving city/town is canceled and CPS is in session.

During episodes of inclement weather, parents are strongly urged to watch for school closing updates on all major local television stations.

We need your cooperation to make our special needs transportation as effective as possible. If you have any suggestions on how to improve our service, please call Tina Fisher at 617.349.6862.

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