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Free and Paid Busing

A transportation service for District 59 students is contracted with Grand Prairie Transit.
Free Riders – School District 59 provides free bus transportation for students (grades 1-8) residing at a distance of 1.5 or more miles from the school to which they are assigned for attendance. The Board of Education has established certain areas less than 1.5 miles from school which are classified as eligible for free transportation. Transportation can provide details of such areas to interested parents. Kindergarten and Special Education and At-Risk Pre-K students residing more than one mile from school will be transported at no charge.

Pay Riders – Students not eligible for free bus service, excluding tuition-based preschool students, may choose to pay for bus service on an annual basis from an existing stop provided space on the bus is available. No new stops will be added for any new pay rider. Families choosing to pay for bus service may pay the annual fee in two equal payments due prior to the first day of attendance and January. The 2016/2017 bus fee is $290 and is set annually by the Board of Education. The annual bus fee cannot be pro-rated, waived or refunded.

Activity Buses – Activity buses may be available to junior high and some elementary school students in support of before and/or after school activities. A schedule is established annually and is subject to change based on participation. Busing students who are involved in after-school clubs, sports and other activities may ride the after-school activity bus. Junior high students may have access to before-school activity buses on a limited basis. Bus stops do not follow the traditional bus routes and are subject to change.

Special Education – Transportation and Special Educational Services work jointly to coordinate special education transportation consistent with each special education student’s IEP. Parents of special education students picked up at their homes are requested to call Grand Prairie Transit if a student does not need bus service on a given day. Special Education students must be met by an adult unless the student’s IEP states otherwise.

Routes and Stops – Scheduled bus routes and stops are assigned to accommodate the most centrally located population. Heavy traffic or inclement weather can prevent drivers from maintaining the scheduled stop times. Students are encouraged to wait until the bus arrives and parents are encouraged to have a contingency plan in place should the student miss the bus. Drivers do not stop if students are not in sight or waiting at the bus stop. If buses are more than 10 minutes past their scheduled stop time, information can be obtained by contacting Grand Prairie Transit.

Route Assignments

Every effort is made to promptly address changes to assigned bus routes. Changes to bus route and stops require a minimum of 3-5 days advance notice before taking effect.  For safety reasons, no changes will be implemented during the first two weeks of school, unless notified by the Transportation Department. Requests for changes must be submitted in writing (Form T-42) to the school. The Transportation coordinator will evaluate the requests and inform the school of it’s resolution. Routes will be periodically evaluated for ridership and efficiency, which may result in route and/or time changes.

 

Bus Conduct

Following are a few short, simple, and easy to remember rules that will help everyone enjoy a safe and pleasant bus ride. Always remember…..

  1. Do what your driver asks.
  2. Keep your seat on the seat.
  3. Use inside voices only.
  4. No eating or drinking while on the bus.

At the Bus Stop …

  1. Stay well off the roadway at all times while waiting for the bus.
  2. Be at the designated bus stop 5 minutes prior to the scheduled pickup time.
  3. Students must cross the road in front of the bus only when the stop arm is out, the flashers are operating, and the bus driver signals to cross.
  4. Students must board and depart the bus at their assigned stop.
  5. If anything is dropped when getting on or off the bus, do not pick it up. Tell the driver first so he/she may assist the student.
  6. Students may be required to show bus passes or student identification when boarding buses.

Bus Transportation BEHAVIOR Guidelines & Procedures

District 59 staff members continually encourage students to behave safely and responsibly and will take corrective steps when necessary. While every child is unique, the schools follow these general guidelines.

The first time improper behavior is reported, the building administrator will meet individually with the student.

  • A second incident may result in a letter or parent conference to discuss corrective action.
  • A third incident may result in a loss of bus riding privileges for a period of several days. During this time, the parent will be responsible for transporting the student.
  • Severe incidents or recurring misbehavior may result in suspension from the bus. Parents will be expected to provide transportation services.
  • If a student damages a bus, parents could bear the expense of the repair.

All students must follow the District’s school bus safety guidelines. Gross disobedience or misconduct providing grounds for suspension from riding the school bus include:

  1. Prohibited student conduct as defined in Board of Education policy 7:190, Student Behavior.
  2. Willful injury or threat of injury to a bus driver or to another rider.
  3. Willful and/or repeated defacement of the bus.
  4. Repeated use of profanity.
  5. Repeated willful disobedience of the bus driver’s or other supervisor’s directives.
  6. Such other behavior as the administrator deems to threaten the safe operation of the bus and/or its occupants.

The District’s regular suspension procedures shall be used to suspend a student’s privilege to ride a school bus. Parent(s)/guardian(s) of a student whose privilege to ride a school bus has been suspended shall be responsible for the transportation of the student. Certain misconduct may be grounds for other disciplinary action as appropriate under the District’s general behavior policy.


Parents Need to Know

One of the most important contributions to safety is the encouragement and enforcement of good student behavior while waiting for and riding the bus. This is the responsibility foremost of the students; however parents, District 59 staff and the drivers all play important roles in ensuring a child’s safety.

First, review the Student Expectations with your child and reinforce the importance of the bus safety guidelines. Cooperation with the driver and staff is paramount to maintaining good order and a pleasant experience for all.

Parents/guardians of kindergarten students, special education students and eligible preschool students are expected to meet the bus. In order to provide a safe environment, NO parent or any other persons are allowed to board or ride the bus. Exceptions are made only in cases where a child’s IEP requires a parent to hook or unhook a student’s restraint.

Parents wishing to discuss issues related to transportation services should contact their school administrator or Transportation Services at 847-593-4379.


Kindergarten Students

Kindergarten students will be assigned a regular bus stop with other students from their school. It is expected that someone will be there or at home to meet the student, however the bus driver does not wait until he/she sees an adult.

 

Reminders for Motorists

Parents and community members can support bus drivers by being good safety examples to their children and by being courteous to bus drivers. Here are a few reminders.

  1. It is against the law to pass a stopped school bus (with flashing red lights and the stop arm extended) from either direction on two-lane roads. Traffic on four-lane roads going in the opposite direction does not have to stop.
  2. It is against the law to use a cellular device in a school zone, or to use a hand-held cellular device in a moving motor vehicle for purposes of a telephone conversation or electronic communication.
  3. A school bus must stop at all railroad crossings with or without children by using emergency lights.
  4. School buses make frequent stops and wide turns.

Electronic Recordings on School Buses

Electronic visual and audio recordings may be used on school buses to monitor conduct and to promote and maintain a safe environment for students and employees when transportation is provided for any school related activity. Notice of electronic recordings shall be displayed on the exterior of the vehicle’s entrance door and front interior bulkhead in compliance with State law and the rules of the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety. The contents of the electronic recordings are student records and are subject to District policy and procedure concerning school student records. If the content of an electronic recording becomes the subject of a student disciplinary hearing, it will be treated like other evidence in the proceeding.

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Free and Paid Busing

A transportation service for District 59 students is contracted with Grand Prairie Transit.
Free Riders – School District 59 provides free bus transportation for students (grades 1-8) residing at a distance of 1.5 or more miles from the school to which they are assigned for attendance. The Board of Education has established certain areas less than 1.5 miles from school which are classified as eligible for free transportation. Transportation can provide details of such areas to interested parents. Kindergarten and Special Education and At-Risk Pre-K students residing more than one mile from school will be transported at no charge.

Pay Riders – Students not eligible for free bus service, excluding tuition-based preschool students, may choose to pay for bus service on an annual basis from an existing stop provided space on the bus is available. No new stops will be added for any new pay rider. Families choosing to pay for bus service may pay the annual fee in two equal payments due prior to the first day of attendance and January. The 2016/2017 bus fee is $290 and is set annually by the Board of Education. The annual bus fee cannot be pro-rated, waived or refunded.

Activity Buses – Activity buses may be available to junior high and some elementary school students in support of before and/or after school activities. A schedule is established annually and is subject to change based on participation. Busing students who are involved in after-school clubs, sports and other activities may ride the after-school activity bus. Junior high students may have access to before-school activity buses on a limited basis. Bus stops do not follow the traditional bus routes and are subject to change.

Special Education – Transportation and Special Educational Services work jointly to coordinate special education transportation consistent with each special education student’s IEP. Parents of special education students picked up at their homes are requested to call Grand Prairie Transit if a student does not need bus service on a given day. Special Education students must be met by an adult unless the student’s IEP states otherwise.

Routes and Stops – Scheduled bus routes and stops are assigned to accommodate the most centrally located population. Heavy traffic or inclement weather can prevent drivers from maintaining the scheduled stop times. Students are encouraged to wait until the bus arrives and parents are encouraged to have a contingency plan in place should the student miss the bus. Drivers do not stop if students are not in sight or waiting at the bus stop. If buses are more than 10 minutes past their scheduled stop time, information can be obtained by contacting Grand Prairie Transit.

Route Assignments

Every effort is made to promptly address changes to assigned bus routes. Changes to bus route and stops require a minimum of 3-5 days advance notice before taking effect.  For safety reasons, no changes will be implemented during the first two weeks of school, unless notified by the Transportation Department. Requests for changes must be submitted in writing (Form T-42) to the school. The Transportation coordinator will evaluate the requests and inform the school of it’s resolution. Routes will be periodically evaluated for ridership and efficiency, which may result in route and/or time changes.

 

Bus Conduct

Following are a few short, simple, and easy to remember rules that will help everyone enjoy a safe and pleasant bus ride. Always remember…..

  1. Do what your driver asks.
  2. Keep your seat on the seat.
  3. Use inside voices only.
  4. No eating or drinking while on the bus.

At the Bus Stop …

  1. Stay well off the roadway at all times while waiting for the bus.
  2. Be at the designated bus stop 5 minutes prior to the scheduled pickup time.
  3. Students must cross the road in front of the bus only when the stop arm is out, the flashers are operating, and the bus driver signals to cross.
  4. Students must board and depart the bus at their assigned stop.
  5. If anything is dropped when getting on or off the bus, do not pick it up. Tell the driver first so he/she may assist the student.
  6. Students may be required to show bus passes or student identification when boarding buses.

Bus Transportation BEHAVIOR Guidelines & Procedures

District 59 staff members continually encourage students to behave safely and responsibly and will take corrective steps when necessary. While every child is unique, the schools follow these general guidelines.

The first time improper behavior is reported, the building administrator will meet individually with the student.

  • A second incident may result in a letter or parent conference to discuss corrective action.
  • A third incident may result in a loss of bus riding privileges for a period of several days. During this time, the parent will be responsible for transporting the student.
  • Severe incidents or recurring misbehavior may result in suspension from the bus. Parents will be expected to provide transportation services.
  • If a student damages a bus, parents could bear the expense of the repair.

All students must follow the District’s school bus safety guidelines. Gross disobedience or misconduct providing grounds for suspension from riding the school bus include:

  1. Prohibited student conduct as defined in Board of Education policy 7:190, Student Behavior.
  2. Willful injury or threat of injury to a bus driver or to another rider.
  3. Willful and/or repeated defacement of the bus.
  4. Repeated use of profanity.
  5. Repeated willful disobedience of the bus driver’s or other supervisor’s directives.
  6. Such other behavior as the administrator deems to threaten the safe operation of the bus and/or its occupants.

The District’s regular suspension procedures shall be used to suspend a student’s privilege to ride a school bus. Parent(s)/guardian(s) of a student whose privilege to ride a school bus has been suspended shall be responsible for the transportation of the student. Certain misconduct may be grounds for other disciplinary action as appropriate under the District’s general behavior policy.


Parents Need to Know

One of the most important contributions to safety is the encouragement and enforcement of good student behavior while waiting for and riding the bus. This is the responsibility foremost of the students; however parents, District 59 staff and the drivers all play important roles in ensuring a child’s safety.

First, review the Student Expectations with your child and reinforce the importance of the bus safety guidelines. Cooperation with the driver and staff is paramount to maintaining good order and a pleasant experience for all.

Parents/guardians of kindergarten students, special education students and eligible preschool students are expected to meet the bus. In order to provide a safe environment, NO parent or any other persons are allowed to board or ride the bus. Exceptions are made only in cases where a child’s IEP requires a parent to hook or unhook a student’s restraint.

Parents wishing to discuss issues related to transportation services should contact their school administrator or Transportation Services at 847-593-4379.


Kindergarten Students

Kindergarten students will be assigned a regular bus stop with other students from their school. It is expected that someone will be there or at home to meet the student, however the bus driver does not wait until he/she sees an adult.

 

Reminders for Motorists

Parents and community members can support bus drivers by being good safety examples to their children and by being courteous to bus drivers. Here are a few reminders.

  1. It is against the law to pass a stopped school bus (with flashing red lights and the stop arm extended) from either direction on two-lane roads. Traffic on four-lane roads going in the opposite direction does not have to stop.
  2. It is against the law to use a cellular device in a school zone, or to use a hand-held cellular device in a moving motor vehicle for purposes of a telephone conversation or electronic communication.
  3. A school bus must stop at all railroad crossings with or without children by using emergency lights.
  4. School buses make frequent stops and wide turns.

Electronic Recordings on School Buses

Electronic visual and audio recordings may be used on school buses to monitor conduct and to promote and maintain a safe environment for students and employees when transportation is provided for any school related activity. Notice of electronic recordings shall be displayed on the exterior of the vehicle’s entrance door and front interior bulkhead in compliance with State law and the rules of the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety. The contents of the electronic recordings are student records and are subject to District policy and procedure concerning school student records. If the content of an electronic recording becomes the subject of a student disciplinary hearing, it will be treated like other evidence in the proceeding.

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