Parent Flat Rate Program

The School District of Philadelphia has launched a program to provide a monthly payment for the 2021-22 school calendar year to eligible parents who choose to opt out of District bus, van or cab assignment and instead will drive their child to and from school.  We are excited to announce we are further incentivizing participation in the Parent Flat Rate Program by increasing the payment to eligible families who choose to enroll.   All eligible families will now receive $300 per month ($3,000 for the school year) for transporting their children to and from school.  We now also offer the option for families to receive $150 per month ($1,500 for the school year) for transporting their children to school in the morning only, but still utilizing bus, van or cab service in the afternoon.

**Please note that once you are registered for the Flat Rate Program you should expect to participate for the duration of the school year.  If at any point you wish to return to a District bus, cab or van assignment it is based on availability and it may take an extensive period of time to return. 


The guidelines below must be followed in order for parents/guardians to receive their monthly payment. In addition, the Parent Monthly Payment Form will need to be completed and submitted directly on the website. A link to the form can be found to the right on the sidebar. A principal or an authorized school administrator will use the same Monthly Payment Form to confirm attendance for each student.

  • There were two enrollment periods for the Flat Rate Program through Google forms. If no enrollment request was submitted, and no request was submitted by the school, the student is not currently in the Flat Rate Program. To apply for the program, effective the current month, please ask your school’s transportation coordinator to request the student be placed in the program through a TAR, and removed from a bus rout assignment. Please note – Submitting Monthly Forms does not mean the student is in the program prior to applying.
  • All items on the form must be completed monthly and submitted through the Google Form.
  • The program is only applicable for September through June.
  • Students are required to attend 70% of their school’s in-person days for each given month.
  • Each month an authorized school official or principal must verify the days attended for that specific month through the Monthly Payment Form.
  • One form will be filled out per household. If more than one child in the household is being transported, please enter the same child’s information each month.
  • The vehicle’s VIN, entered on the form, must be identical to the automobile transporting the student(s) in order for payment to be issued.
  • Parents and Schools must include the Student’s Transportation ID on the monthly form (This can be found by contacting your school’s main office)

Please contact your child’s school for any questions or additional information, or fill out our response form on the sidebar to the right.

Liability Policy

By signing up for the Parent Flat Rate Program, you agree to the following policy:

“In consideration of and in exchange for the monthly transportation reimbursement I will receive, I, for myself, my child, my executors and assigns, agree to undertake and provide for the school transportation needs of my child and agree that The School District of Philadelphia shall not be responsible for or liable in any way for school transportation of my child. I further agree to release and forever discharge The School District of Philadelphia and its agents, officers, employees and volunteers from any claim that I might have myself or that I could bring on my child’s behalf with regard to any claim or claims, damages, demands or actions whatsoever, including those based on negligence, in any manner arising out of this transportation.”