Transportation General Policy

The major purpose of school transportation is to get pupils who live an unreasonable walking distance from school, to school and back in an efficient, safe, and economical manner. Other purposes include providing transportation for field trips in direct support of the curricular and the co-curricular program.

The District’s bus policy generally covers three areas of concern:

1. Rules that children must observe and follow while riding the bus;
2. Rules concerning the bus driver and the proper way to handle discipline cases; and
3. School procedures in disciplinary matters

Vehicles used by the district will meet all federal and state safety standards. Also, any bus drivers hired by the district will meet all required federal and state standards for licensing.

In establishing or revising the routes, the pickup and discharge points will be as safe and convenient for students as possible. District bus schedules will be distributed to parents and students prior to the beginning of each school year.

The district will provide free transportation for all district students who reside: (1) a distance of one and ½ miles or more from their assigned schools, or (2) within one and ½ miles of the assigned schools, but for whom walking would constitute a serious hazard due to vehicular traffic as determined by I.D.O.T. standards. Also, free transportation services and vehicles for special education students will be provided if included in the student’s individualized educational programs or as otherwise required by law. All special education students will be transported in accordance with current I.S.B.E. rules and regulations, as well as the School Code of Illinois.

LEGAL REF.: Illinois School Code , Sec. 10-22.22 and 29-1, et seq.(105 ILCS 5/10-22.22 and 5/29-1 et seq.); Illinois Driver Vehicle Code, Sec. 6-106.1 and 13-109 (625 ILCS 5/6-106.1 and 13-109.) ; 23 Ill. Admin. Code S226.935.

CROSS REF.: 465.07