Things we learned from OPT’s reps at the May 1 JCC meeting that Suzanne Peters facilitated are:
--Only 3 people in all of OPT have access to read the IEPs on SESIS.
--Routes for summer start to be made up in early June; routes for fall, at the end of July…parents should call OPT 3 weeks ahead of time to check on medical codes.
--“Lift” and “Wheelchair” are two different codes. If the child has a wheelchair and the only code is Lift, the routers may assign to a bus that is okay for walkers but not wheelchairs.
PLEASE KNOW THAT PIST SUGGESTED (AGAIN) THAT OPT INFORM ALL PARENTS NOW of things like the maximum travel times by age, the names and contact info for their Borough Directors, how far in advance to check on things, and where to even find the Request for Transportation Accommodations form.
Instead of leaving it up to word of mouth, the DOE really should USE ITS COMPLETE ACCESS TO BUS PARENTS VIA BACKPACK MAIL in English and Spanish at least! They sure did this any time there were rumors of a strike and they wanted to justify attacks on union wages and benefits for service professionals, in the name of ‘competitive bidding’.
In past summers, it has been Local 1181 which took out paid ads in the highest circulation newspapers in English, Spanish and French reminding parents to check their child’s status at OPT. Why are parents and bus drivers & matrons doing more advertising and explaining for OPT than OPT does for itself? Just saying.