(1) The law which establishes the schedule governing payments to families prohibits paying more than one contract amount to any family. (An exception is noted in 20-10-142, MCA.) To comply with this law, the following rules have been adopted:
(a) If two or more eligible transportees are transported by a parent or guardian to two or more schools located within three miles of one another, and if such schools are operated by different school districts, the total amount of the reimbursement, calculated using the distance to the furthest school, shall be divided equally between the districts.
(i) The reimbursement paid to each district may be less than 35 cents per day, but the combined payment for the contract shall not be less than 35 cents per day.
(b) If two or more eligible transportees are transported by a parent or guardian to two or more schools located more than three miles from one another, the parent or guardian shall be separately reimbursed for transporting the eligible transportee or transportees to each school.
(c) If, because of a half-time preschool or kindergarten program, a parent or guardian must make a separate trip to transport an eligible preschool or kindergarten transportee from the school or bus stop, the parent or guardian is eligible for reimbursement for this trip. A separate TR-4 form shall be used for this trip.