Central 301 Transportation will join school districts across the nation in recognizing the role everyone plays in getting students to and from school safely. As part of this week, we will be conducting bus evacuation drills, at our schools, to remind our students the importance of school bus safety and how to properly exit a bus in the event of an emergency.
The District 301 Transportation Department maintains the safety and welfare of all students while transporting students to and from school in a scheduled manner on a daily basis. We will provide positive role models who follow the State, Federal & District procedures and guidelines with a professional attitude, which lends itself to the district’s commitment to excellence.
The Transportation Department for District 301 is responsible for transporting approximately 4,700 students to and from school on a daily basis. We have a current fleet with over 80 buses and run approximately 200 routes daily within our district boundaries, as well as provide transportation to District 301 students who require special services outside the district. Our planned routes permit optimum pupil safety, programmed efficiency, and operational economy.
Safe Busing During COVID
The Transportation Department will follow current guidelines to assist in safe transport of the students.
Bus Stop Information
To access your students school and bus stop information, please follow these instructions:
- Step 1 – Sign into Skyward Family Access
- Step 2 – Select the Busing tab on the left-hand side.
- Step 3 – The student’s bus information will come up for you to view. If you have more than one student you may view them all on the same page.
If you require additional information, please call our office at 847-464-6052 or email us at Transportation@central301.net.
Bus Stop Locations
We locate bus stops to service entire neighborhoods that will provide a safe, walkable route for the students to board the bus year over year. The stops are located in established locations in subdivisions, typically at corners, to service the students based on the configuration of the overall neighborhood. Hazards such as parkways, cross roads, high traffic roads, curves, hills, etc. are taken into consideration. Bus stops may be up to 1.5 miles from the students residence. Unfortunately, we are not able to position bus stops so that all parents/guardians are able to see the stop from their home.
Bus Stops & Snow
Weather in the Midwest can be challenging. There are times we seem to have all 4 seasons in 1 day! Each season can bring different challenges in relation to bus stops and getting to them. Winter has the most impact. Snow and ice can affect bus stops and the travel to them. Bus stops are placed throughout the district to best accommodate all riders in a safe and efficient manner. When large amounts of snow fall, we will not be able to relocate bus stops. This would not be feasible as all stops in the district may be affected by larger amounts of snow. We would not be able to move all the bus stops throughout the district.
Please realize that we do not have control over residents in neighborhoods clearing the snow around their homes on the way to your bus stop. Snow removal in the neighborhoods is provided by many municipalities, homeowner associations and private companies. We do work with these entities to try to notify them of where bus stops are located but remember their staff may change often making this an ongoing challenge.
The following are some suggestions concerning inclement weather and your student’s bus stop:
- Students should always dress appropriately for the weather. Buses may be delayed due to weather related driving conditions.
- Remind your student to wear safe shoes / boots and shuffle their feet like a penguin when conditions are icy.
- Work with neighbors taking turns clearing snow on and around bus stops.
- Stay up to date with weather forecasts and know what is coming.
Routing is based on the home location. Students who will not take a District 301 bus to/from their home location will need to complete the Student Transportation Information section of online registration in Skyward. Any changes during the year will need to be communicated by completing a Student Transportation Information form (available above or in the school office) and returning it to the school office. Allow 48 working hours for the request to be processed. To verify the changes have been updated, use 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, email or postal letter prior to the start date.
Change of Address
If you have a change of address, contact your child’s school of attendance. Upon receipt of ALL required information and the school verifying your residency, they will advise transportation of the new residential information. Transportation will process the change and notify the parent of any revised busing information via email. Transportation changes take a minimum of 48 working hours after verification to process in order to advise the schools and bus drivers of the changes.
If your residence qualifies for busing and you need to make revisions to your busing needs, (i.e., childcare, bus needed, no bus needed), email firstname.lastname@example.org with your requested revision. Your residence must qualify for busing in order to change a pickup stop including childcare. You must also make the revision in your student’s Skyward account (instructions below). If the revision is approved, the Transportation office will send the parent/guardian a confirmation email. Please be advised that all revisions take a minimum of 48 working hours to process, so we may advise the school and bus driver of the changes.
Bus change instructions:
- Log into Skyward
- Go to online registration on the menu on the left
- Select the student that you are making changes for from the list on the right
- Click on “mark registration as not completed and make changes”
- On the right-hand side select “Student Transportation Information“
- On the bottom of the screen select “Edit step 4“
- Make your revisions
- On the bottom of the screen select “complete step 4 only“
- On the right-hand side select “Complete online registration“
- Select “submit online registration” that will be in the middle of the screen
- This will complete your transportation revisions
By completing these above tasks, you will be assisting the Transportation office, bus drivers, and the schools in getting your students on the correct bus home.
Bus Seat Holds
Due to current bus capacities, we will be unable to save seats for students who are not riding the bus consistently. If your student does not ride the bus for 5 consecutive days, they will be removed from the route unless you notify the Transportation Office of an illness, vacation, etc. If busing is required after your student has been removed, you must put in a new busing request with the Transportation office. Please note that it will take 48 working hours after we have acknowledged your request for it to be processed and put into place.
Safely Driving Our Future
All District 301 buses are equipped with video surveillance equipment as part of a multi-faceted approach to promote the safety and security of students and staff; while at work or participating in school functions, and to help protect school property. The digital video cameras allow for both visual and audio recordings to be made of the interior of the school bus. All recordings are held confidential and can only be viewed by school officials and law enforcement. In addition, the cameras allow the drivers to focus more on driving rather than having to look up in the rear view mirror frequently to see what is happening behind them.
Bus Loading & Unloading
Students should be prepared to board the bus 5 minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time. Follow safe procedures while waiting and riding the school bus. Avoid the Danger Zone! The Danger Zone is the 10 foot area around the school bus. Stand in a safe place away from the bus, road and traffic while waiting for the bus. Wait for driver’s signal before safely crossing 10 feet in front of the bus. Be alert to traffic when crossing the street to load or unload from the bus, always looking left and right before entering the street. When two or more students are loading or unloading from the bus, they should cross in a group when the driver has signaled to cross. Students who move in a group within the driver’s sight are more likely to avoid a dangerous situation.
According to the Illinois Rules of the Road, motorists must stop before meeting or overtaking a school bus loading or unloading passengers. This includes public and private roads or property. Warning lights will be activated on the front & rear of the bus at least 100 feet (200 in rural areas) in advance of a stop. The stop arm will be engaged after the bus comes to a complete stop. Motorists must come to a complete stop and remain idle until the stop arm is no longer extended and the flashing lights have ceased. In addition, the Illinois State Board of Education and IDOT, Division of Traffic Safety, strongly recommend that vehicles stop at least 20 feet before reaching the school bus to allow pupils to cross the roadway safely.
Bus Seat Assignments
Seat assignments are created at the discretion of the bus driver and adjusted by the driver or upon request from school Administrators. These are in place for the safety of the students. Kindergarteners are typically placed near the front of the bus unless otherwise requested
The rules are in place for the safety of all on board the bus. Drivers will work with students who are not able to follow these rules and elevate to Administrators if necessary.
Bus Evacuation Drills
Our school district conducts state mandated annual safety evacuation drills in the Spring and Fall. The key to a safe evacuation drill for the students is to stay calm, stay quiet, listen and move quickly & safely. Click School Bus Evacuation Drills for more details regarding evacuation drills.
- Transportation Department: 847-464-6052 or Transportation@central301.net
- Pam Porto, Director of Transportation
- Alyssa Zepeda, Transportation Administrative Assistant
- Carrie Maraccini, Routing Coordinator
- Rick Rindhage, Safety Coordinator
- Dan Bookman, Shop Manager
- Joel Sjurseth, Mechanic