Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 has a long history of providing safe, reliable and efficient specialized transportation to students participating in a variety of educational programs and settings including:

  • IU8 Operated Programs
  • School District Programs
  • Early Intervention and Preschool Programs
  • Approved Private School Programs

IU8 Transportation provides:

  1. Travel to/from and between schools
  2. Specialized equipment, including special or adapted buses with lifts and ramps required to provide special education for a child with a disability
  3. Travel to and from community-based sites for the purposes of instruction and work

To ensure IU8's contractors, drivers, and aides are knowledgeable, competent and skilled in their daily work, each is required to attend yearly trainings to receive instruction in topics specifically related to transporting students with disabilities and ensuring student safety. Training topics include:

  • CPR/First Aid
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Blood borne Pathogens
  • Wheelchair Securement
  • Proper Car/Booster Seat Use
  • Emergency Evacuations for Special Needs Students
  • Transporting Medically Fragile Students
  • Transporting Preschoolers
  • Student Records and Confidentiality
  • Types of Exceptional Students and Behavior Intervention Strategies
  • Dealing with Difficult Parents
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Bullying

The Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 Transportation Department is available to answer questions you may have regarding student transportation or to discuss how IU8 can assist with transportation needs.


Emergency Information
School Bus Accident Report
Student Incident
Transportation Handbook
Transportation Training