Welcome!

The Transportation Department for District 301 is responsible for transporting approximately 4,100 students to and from school on a daily basis. We have a current fleet of 73 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.

Quick links

  •  To access your students school and bus stop info, please follow these instructions:
      • Step 1 – In Skyward/Family Access on each student’s profile is a Student Info tab from left menu.
      • Step 2 – In the Student Info tab will be a web link that says “View Bus Schedule.” (It is located just below the student’s address and just above the birthday info.) Click the web link.
      • Step 3 – The student’s bus number will pop up. If you click “View Pickup Bus Stops” or “View Drop Off Bus Stops” the route numbers and times will pop open.
    • If you require additional information, Please call our office at 847-464-6052.
  • Student Transportation Form (pdf)
  • District Map with Elementary Boundaries

Contact Us

 

Mission Statement

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.

Current Happenings

Toby the Tire:

We would like to remind new incoming Kindergarten students to mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 20th, 2018.  We invite you and your child to come and meet “Toby the Tire”.  “Toby” is a learning tool provided by IL Secretary of State to help instruct bus safety information to the public.  After the presentation, we will offer a short ride in a school bus for the student and one parent/Guardian.  The presentation will be held at Prairie View Grade School located at 10N630 Nesler Rd., Elgin, IL 60124, from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

 

Summer School Routes:

If your student will be attending ESY session, you will receive bus route information via an email.

Bus Routes:

You will tentatively be able to view your students bus route information via Skyward on or after August 15th.  This year you will be able to also view Early Ed and Out of District bus routes on Skyward as well.

Bus Evacuations:

We will be holding our bus evacuation drills on October 22nd – 26th.  The Theme is “My Driver, My Safety Hero”.

Procedures

CHS Outbound loading:

The outbound loading procedure at the high school is as follows:

  1. 13 buses are “staged” at the high school bus loop
  2. If your student’s home bound bus is one of these 13 buses they must board their bus at the high school
  3. If your student’s home bound bus is not one of the transfer buses, they will board any of the 13 buses to catch their home bus at CMS
  4. The transfer buses will then transport all CHS students to CMS where all remaining buses will be waiting to load students
  5. Your student will depart the transport bus and find their home bound bus that will be in an assigned spot for the school year
  6. Once your student has boarded their home bus at CMS they will be transported home
  7. Following this procedure will allow our buses to get your student home in a timely fashion

Routing:

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 before the beginning of the school year, contact your child’s school of attendance. Upon receipt of ALL required information, the school will advise transportation of the new residential information. Transportation will process the change and notify the parent of any revised busing information via email.  After the first day of school, you must contact your child’s school of attendance and submit a Student Transportation Information form to the Transportation office.  These forms are found on the District website under the the Transportation tab.  These changes take a minimum of 48 hours to process in order to advise the schools and bus drivers of the changes.

Busing changes:

If you qualify for busing and you need to change your busing needs before August 15th, 2018; i.e. Childcare, bus needed, no bus needed; please go into Skyward and make your changes in the registration section.

Registration changes instructions:
  1. Go to online registration on the menu on the left
  2. Select the student that you are making changes for from the list on the right
  3. Click on “mark registration as not completed and make changes”
  4. On the right hand side select “3. Student Transportation Information”
  5. On the bottom of the screen select “Edit step 3”
  6. Make your revisions
  7. On the bottom of the screen select “complete step 3 only”
  8. On the right hand side select “6. Complete online registration”
  9. Select “submit online registration” that will be in the middle of the screen
  10. This will complete your transportation revisions

After August 15th, you must make your changes in Skyward and submit a Student Transportation Information form to the Transportation office to have the changes considered.  If the changes are approved, the Transportation office will send the parent a confirmation email. If you do not receive a email after 24 hours, please confirm the changes were received with the Transportation office. Please be advised that all changes take a minimum of 48 hours to process in order to advise the schools and bus drivers of the changes. 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 bound.

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.

Safety

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.

Hand Held 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.

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