Board Policy 3600
The District shall provide free transportation for all students in the District: (1) residing at a distance of one mile or more from their assigned school, or (2) residing within one mile from their assigned school where walking would constitute a serious hazard due to either a) vehicular traffic or rail crossing, or b) a course or pattern of criminal activity, as defined in the IL Streetgang Terrorism Omnibus Prevention Act, and adequate public transportation is not available as determined by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may file a petition with the Board requesting a review for transportation due to the existence of a serious safety hazard if they believe one exists, but has not been declared by IDOT.
Bus schedules and routes shall be determined by the Superintendent or designee and shall be altered only with the Superintendent, or designee’s, approval and direction. In adjusting the routes, every effort should be made to have the pickup and discharge points as safe and convenient for students as possible.
Free transportation services and vehicle adaptations for special education students shall be provided if included in a student’s individualized educational program. Non-public school students shall be transported in accordance with State law. Homeless students shall be transported in accordance with the McKinney- Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Foster care students shall be transported in accordance with Section 6312(c)(5)(B) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
If a student is at a location within the District, other than his or her residence, for child care purposes, at the time for transportation to and/or from school, that location may be considered for purposes of determining the one mile allowance from the school attended, assuming that location is within the home school’s bussing and attendance area. Unless the Superintendent or designee establishes new routes, pick-up and drop-off locations for students in day care, the location must be along the individual School/District’s regular routes. The District will not discriminate among types of locations where day care is provided, which may include the premises of licensed providers, relatives’ homes, or neighbors’ homes.
No school employee may transport students in school via private vehicles unless authorized by the administration.
All contracts for charter bus services must contain the clause prescribed by State law regarding criminal background checks for bus drivers, and approved in advance by the Superintendent, or designee.
Pre-Trip and Post-Trip Vehicle Inspection
The Superintendent or designee, or private sector school bus company, if transportation is provided by the private sector company, shall develop and implement a pre-trip and post-trip inspection procedure to ensure that the school bus driver: (1) tests the two-way radio or cellular radio telecommunication device and ensures that it is functioning properly before the bus is operated, and (2) walks to the rear of the bus before leaving the bus at the end of each route, work shift, or work day, to check the bus for children or other passengers on the bus.The Superintendent is authorized to provide a transportation program for students who reside less than one (1) mile from school and are not on a designated serious hazard route if operationally and economically feasible. The program shall include a transportation fee payable by the parent or guardian. Such fee shall be determined by the actual cost of a bus run divided by the bus ridership, as provided for in the State Transportation Claim Reimbursement filing from the previous year.