Travel Time Waiver Submission Form

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2019-2020 Travel Waiver

Travel Time Waiver

[MCL 388.1701(7)]

Section 101(7)(d) of the State School Aid Act allows districts to count up to three (3) hours of travel time per school week toward the required minimum number of hours of pupil instruction, for students in grades 9 to 12 who are enrolled in a cooperative education program, or for students enrolled in a special education program, which requires travel between instructional sites during the school day. Districts that need to count three hours of travel time or less per week in order to reach the 1,098 hour requirement do not require a waiver from the Department for additional time.

However, if a district demonstrates to the Department's satisfaction that the travel time limitation under this subdivision would create undue costs or hardship to the district and/or that participation in the program is in the best educational interest of the pupil, the Department may consider more travel time as pupil instruction time for this purpose.

Directions:

  1. Complete the district and contact information section.
  2. Enter the information for each program that needs a travel time waiver. 
  3. Submit a map showing travel time and distance between the district and each cooperative or special education program.
  4. Verify that the district will be able to provide to their Pupil Membership Auditor calculations for pupils who travel for a cooperative or special education program, upon request.

Please allow 5 business days for processing. During high volume times, processing may take longer. You will be notified when the waiver has been processed.

For assistance or questions, contact Jessica Beagle at BeagleJ1@michigan.gov.

School Year of Request *
How many programs are you requesting Travel Time for? *

This example provides a reference for filling out the information below:
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/2018_Travel_Waiver_Calc_Examples_630255_7.pdf
Please provide the following information about the program you are requesting travel time for:



The following supporting documentation must be submitted for each program:

  • A map showing the distance and travel time between the district and the program.
  • Instructional hours calculation for traveling pupils.
    • Example Instructional Hours Calculation 
    • Key components that MUST be included: District class times, Cooperative Education or Special Education class times, travel times, passing time, and lunch time.
  • A calendar for pupils attending the Cooperative Education or Special Education program.
Requests without these items will not be processed.

If you have more than one program, it is advisable that you upload one combined PDF. (See the guide at the top for assistance.)






You must confirm the district understands the following conditions:
(Please check each box)
 *