The following are frequently asked questions. If you find that you still require additional information, please contact us by phone at (847) 464-6052 or by email at pam.porto@central301.net.

Routing is completed in the most efficient manner following guidelines consistent with the State of Illinois. Stops are examined for safety, accessibility, and driver visibility. The backing of buses, entering cul-de-sacs and dead ends are avoided if at all possible. Bus stops are kept to a minimum. Changes or revisions to a bus route are upon approval of the Transportation Director. Drivers do NOT have the authority to make stop changes. Drivers who stop at locations other than established bus stops are in violation of current District policy
Current bus stops are created for ALL students – grades kindergarten thru 12th grade. Bus stops are generally established at major intersections/cross streets. However, if you reside in a rural area on a highly traveled highway such as Route 20 or Route 47, the bus will pick-up and/or drop-off at your home due to the hazard. Although you may live in a subdivision where there are NO sidewalks, your child will still be required to walk to his/her designated bus stops.
Generally in mid-August, busing information for the upcoming school year will be available for viewing via the Bus Info link in the Quick Links section of our transportation page. Please remember busing information is continually changing due to enrollment. It is suggested to verify this information the day before school begins for the most current details. The busing information provided is routed based on the home location. If you do not require a 301 bus or require a bus from an alternate location, a “Student Transportation Information” form (STI) needs to be completed via online registration through Skyward on or before August 21st. Thereafter, all changes should be submitted on the STI (pdf version) which can be found on Transportation webpage. Please allow 48 hours to verify your requested changes via the Busing Information Link. If your child is enrolled in the early education program or in an out-of-district program, busing information will be shared by a phone call or letter before the start date.
District 301 owns and operates its own bus service. Transportation is free of charge to students who live further than 1 1/2 miles from their school. There is no current policy for paid busing.
Students may ONLY ride their assigned bus. If an emergency occurs, a parent must contact the Transportation Department at (847) 464-6052 to make alternate arrangements.
Students are allowed only one inbound bus from the same location and only one outbound bus to the same location (accommodations cannot be made for different buses on different days). The following conditions must be met to provide transportation to or from a day care provider; bus capacity allows for extra riders, the day care provider is on an existing route, and address must be within the home school boundaries. If you require transportation from an address other than your home location, a Student Transportation Information (STI) form must be completed and returned to the Transportation Office. Please allow 48 hours to process.
If your child does NOT require bus service due to illness, vacation or other reasons and the student has an individual bus stop, a courtesy call to the Transportation Department is appreciated. To contact the office, please call 847-464-6052 and state the child’s name & bus number. This information will relayed to the designated driver.
It is a District 301 policy that kindergarten students are not released from the bus unless there is a parent, guardian or older sibling at the stop. This is to ensure the safety of your child. If there is no one available to meet your child at the stop, the school staff will be notified that the student will be returned to their school. The school will contact the parent/guardian to retrieve their child at the school. If you choose to allow your kindergarten student off the bus without a parent/guardian present, a consent form must be completed and will be kept on file in the Transportation Department and their attending school.
District 301 maintains a bus fleet of many sizes and capacities. If a school bus is currently equipped with seatbelts, your child is required to wear the seatbelt on the bus. If your child rides one of our district’s larger capacity buses which do not have seatbelts, please be advised that these seats exceed the standards set by the State of Illinois and therefore seatbelts are not required.
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