Head Start Transportation Waivers
ACF-IM-HS-06-05

A change to the Head Start Transportation Regulation (45 CFR part 1310) was announced in the Federal Register [PDF, 153KB]October 4, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 192) Page 58533-58536. This final rule authorizes approval of annual waivers, under certain circumstances, from two provisions in the current regulation. These two requirements are that children be secured in age and weight appropriate child restraint systems and that there be at least one monitor onboard any bus transporting Head Start children.

The Information Memorandum details the requirements and procedures for the granting of the annual waivers.

U.S. DEPARTMENT
OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

ACF
Administration for Children and Families

1. Log No. ACF-IM-HS-06-05

2. Issuance Date: 10/11/2006

3. Originating Office: Office of Head Start

4. Key Words: Transportation Waivers


INFORMATION MEMORANDUM
[See Attachment at the bottom]

TO: Head Start and Early Head Start Grantees and Delegate Agencies

SUBJECT: Head Start Transportation Waivers

INFORMATION:

On October 4, 2006, a final rule was published in the Federal Register authorizing, effective November 1, 2006, the Department of Health and Human Services to issue waivers to Head Start grantees from two of the provisions of the Head Start Transportation Regulation (45 CFR Part 1310). These two requirements are that children be secured in age and weight appropriate child restraint systems and that there be at least one monitor onboard any bus transporting Head Start children. A copy of this final regulation is attached.

Grantees that wish to request a waiver to one or both of these requirements should submit such a request to their responsible Regional Office. This request should provide sufficient background, including the number of children who will be covered by the waiver, to allow the Region to understand the current arrangements the grantee has for providing transportation and why a waiver is thought to be necessary. Consistent with the requirements of the regulation, this request will need to include the reasons the grantee believes a waiver is “in the best interests of the children served.”

Waiver requests must be submitted by Head Start grantees. Requests from delegate agencies will not be honored. Grantees with multiple delegate agencies that submit a waiver request need to be clear which delegates are covered by the request. Grantees must also explain, if multiple delegates are being included in the request, the reasons each delegate is thought to need a waiver.

Waivers will not be granted in the following three circumstances:

  1. A grantee transporting EHS children will not be given a waiver for the child restraint requirement.
  2. A grantee transporting children in a vehicle other than a bus (i.e. a van) will not be given a waiver for the child restraint requirement.
  3. A grantee transporting Head Start children on a bus in which there are adult non-Head Start riders will not be granted a waiver for the monitor requirement.

In addition, waivers will not be given, except in extreme circumstances, to grantees that have previously achieved compliance with these requirements.

Further, it is expected that most waivers will be requested in order to allow the grantee to continue a collaborative transportation arrangement. An example of such a situation would be when the local school system transports Head Start children, at no cost to the Head Start program, on school buses where Head Start children represent a small percentage of the children on the bus. It is not OHS’ expectation that grantees which operate a Head Start dedicated transportation system will require a waiver. Any grantee in this situation which nonetheless feels a waiver is warranted must provide a comprehensive explanation as to why it believes such a waiver would be in the best interests of the children served by that grantee.

Please direct any questions on this to your Regional Office.


Channell Wilkins
Director
Office of Head Start

Attachment:
FR Notice: Head Start Transportation [PDF, 153KB]

See PDF version:
     Head Start Transportation Waivers [PDF, 185KB]

Head Start Transportation Waivers. ACF-IM-HS-06-05. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2006. English.

This is a Historical Document.