The Transportation Department for District 301 is responsible for transporting approximately 4,500 students to and from school on a daily basis. We have a current fleet of 79 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-19
We are following current guidelines set forth by the Illinois State Board of Education and the District. For the safety of the students, our buses are electrostatically disinfected twice a day and wiped down with disinfectant between each route. Students must show the bus driver daily their completed Pre-Certify form to board the bus. Students must always wear a face mask while on the bus. Students may be quarantined from the bus based on information from the individual school. The student may return to riding the bus once we have received a ‘cleared to ride’ from the school.
The 2020-2021 school year bus routes are available to view in Skyward. To access your students school and bus stop info, please follow these instructions:
- Step 1 – Sign into your Skyward/Family Access
- Step 2 – On the left side are tabs. Select the Busing tab.
- 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.
We locate bus stops to provide a safe, walkable route for the students to board the bus. The stops are located in established locations in subdivisions to service the students based on the configuration of the neighborhood. Hazards such as parkways, cross roads, high traffic roads, curves, hills, etc. are taken into consideration. Unfortunately, we are not able to position bus stops so that all parents/guardians are able to see the stop from their home. Bus stop locations may be turned on or off based on the location of the students but are not moved because of students moving in or out of the subdivision. Rural routes may have exceptions due to high speed traffic on the road and/or the inability to have a safe walkable route such as a sidewalk or bike path.
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.
The School District has installed video surveillance equipment in school buses as part of a multi-faceted approach to promote the safety and security of students, staff, and visitors 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 used by school officials and law enforcement. Bus drivers have seen a significant change in the behavior of the students. 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.
NEW for Central High School:
In the morning, we will be unloading students in a stop & go style to doors #8 and #14 to maintain social distancing on school grounds and within the school. Students will go directly to their homeroom.
In the afternoon, we will be boarding ALL buses at Central High School to minimize the number of students on each bus from Doors #8, #14, and #18. CHS staff will announce when Group A and then Group B are ready to be loaded. Students MUST board their assigned bus. Students will NOT be allowed to change buses at Central Middle School.
NEW for Central Middle School:
In the morning, we will be unloading students in a stop & go style to maintain social distancing on school grounds and within the school. Students will go directly to their homeroom.
In the afternoon, we will be boarding buses in Group A and Group B. All students must wait behind the line until buses are stopped.
NEW for All Other Schools:
The unloading and loading of students will be directed by the individual school administration. The students will be released in the morning by seat by the bus driver. This will allow for social distancing while entering and exiting the schools.
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 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 verifies 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 hours after verification to process in order to advise the schools and bus drivers of the changes.
If you qualify for busing and you need to make revisions your busing needs during the registration process, (i.e. childcare, bus needed, no bus needed), please go into Skyward and make your revisions in the registration section. During the school year, email email@example.com with your requested revision. 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 a confirmation email. Please be advised that all revisions take a minimum of 48 working hours to process in order to advise the schools and bus drivers. 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.
Registration changes instructions:
- 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 “3. Student Transportation Information”
- On the bottom of the screen select “Edit step 3”
- Make your revisions
- On the bottom of the screen select “complete step 3 only”
- On the right hand side select “6. Complete online registration”
- Select “submit online registration” that will be in the middle of the screen
- This will complete your transportation revisions
School year changes instructions:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with requested revisions
- Go to your student’s Skyward account
- On your tabs select Custom Forms and expand
- Select 2020 Student Transportation Information
- Make your revisions
- This will complete your transportation revisions
Bus Seat Assignments:
Seat assignments are done by the discretion of the bus driver or Administrators of the schools. They are put in place for the safety, accountability, and efficiency of loading the buses.
Spring 2021 Evacuation Drill
Our school buses will be conducting state mandated annual safety evacuation drills the week of March 22nd through March 29th on the arrival to school. We typically execute this in the fall and spring, however, due to COVID-19 we opted to conduct these only in the spring of this school year during Severe Weather Preparedness Month. We will have the students observe COVID safety by keeping masks on, ask the helpers to wear gloves and to maintain social distancing wherever possible. 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.
Students should be prepared to board the bus 5 minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time. Follow safe procedures while riding in the school bus as well as whenever near a school bus. Exercise the following safety advice. Avoid the Danger Zone! The Danger Zone is the 10 foot area around the school bus. Stand in a safe place away from traffic while waiting for the bus. Be alert to traffic when crossing the street to board or depart the bus, always looking left and right before entering the street. Wait for driver’s signal before safely crossing 10 feet in front of the bus. When two or more students are released or boarding from the bus stop, they should cross in a group. Students who move in a group within the driver’s sight are more likely to avoid a dangerous situation.
Eating, drinking and gum chewing are NOT ALLOWED on the school bus. This policy is enforced to avoid choking hazards and any anaphylactic reactions.
According to the Illinois Rules of the Road, motorists must stop before meeting or overtaking a school bus loading or unloading passengers on a two-lane roadway. 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.
In light of the recent School Bus tragedies, we would like to share the following brochure, “School Bus Safety” by the IL State Police with you to review and discuss with your students. http://www.isp.state.il.us/docs/schoolbussafety5542.pdf
Handheld devices are prohibited throughout this state
- It is illegal to compose, read or send a text message or e-mail at any time while driving in Illinois.
- It is illegal for anyone to use a wireless phone while driving in a school zone or in a construction or maintenance zone unless it is in voice-activated mode.
- If under age 19, it is illegal to use a cell phone while driving except during an emergency.
Check your area for local ordinances concerning the use of cell phones while driving—many Illinois communities have ordinances banning cell phone usage. Violation of either of these laws may result in a fine and a moving violation on your record.
We at District 301 Transportation Department maintain 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.
- Transportation Department: 847-464-6052
- Pam Porto, Director of Transportation: email@example.com
- Beth Doty, Transportation Administrative Assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carrie Maraccini, Routing Coordinator: email@example.com
- Rick Rindhage, Safety Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dan Dalke, Chief Mechanic: email@example.com
- Joel Sjurseth, Mechanic: firstname.lastname@example.org