This FAQ provides information for Transportation Directors to support the submission of transportation data to ADE for the purposes of calculating TSL.
Last updated 12/17/2021
What is a route?
As defined in A.R.S. § 15-901, a route includes the total number of miles necessary to transport an eligible student on a school bus from their residence to their school of attendance and back to their residence. The morning run and the afternoon run equals one route.
When is district transportation data due?
Transportation Route Report—A.R.S. § 15-922 requires school districts to submit transportation route reports within 12 days of the 100th day of instruction. The data must be submitted via ADE Connect. The submission window opens in mid-January.
Vehicle Inventory Report—Each school district shall, on or before July 15 immediately following the fiscal year submit their vehicle inventory. The submission window opens on May 1.
Where do I find prior year transportation reports?
Our district has not reached our 100th day yet and the global submission window for Route reports is closed, what do we do?
If the global submission window closes before your LEA’s 100th day, contact the School Finance Account Analyst Team and request an extension of time.
Can I use my “white fleet” to transport students on a daily route?
No, only vehicles that meet the definition of the school bus should be reported in Transportation Route reporting. White fleet vehicles such as vans, cars, SUVs, or trucks should not be used to transport students on a regularly scheduled route. For additional information about using a white fleet please refer to the Arizona Department of Public Safety and federal guidelines that govern school buses and school bus drivers.
Should I include my "white fleet" in the vehicle inventory?
No, only vehicles that meet the definition of school bus should be reported on the Vehicle Inventory report. District vans, cars, SUVs, or trucks; also known as a white fleet, should not be included in the reported vehicle inventory.
How do I calculate average eligible riders?
The posted guidance School Finance External Guidelines explains that each district can calculate the average number of riders for the first 100 days of instruction using at least 25 days of their bus drivers’ daily student counts. Districts must include at least 25 days to determine the average. The days do not need to be consecutive, but which days are being used in the average calculation must be identified.
Which district reports route mileage for a leased bus?
If a school bus is leased between two districts, only one district may report the route miles on the Route report. The districts should have an established agreement, known as an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), to determine which district will be responsible for reporting miles driven and eligible riders.