Transportation Board Policy 4:110
The District shall provide free transportation for any student in the District who resides: (1) at a distance of one and one-half miles or more from his or her assigned school, unless the School Board has certified to the Illinois State Board of Education that adequate public transportation is available, or (2) if adequate public transportation is not available, within one and one-half miles from his or her assigned school where walking to or from school or to or from a pick-up point or bus stop would constitute a serious safety hazard due to either (a) vehicular traffic or rail crossing or (b) a course or pattern of criminal activity, as defined in the Ill. Streetgang Terrorism Omnibus Prevention Act, 740 ILCS 147/. A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may file a petition with the Board requesting transportation due to the existence of a serious safety hazard. Free transportation service and vehicle adaptation is provided for a special education student if included in the 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 Education for Homeless Children Act. Foster care students shall be transported in accordance with Section 6312(c)(5)(B) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Regular education routes shall be planned, scheduled and adjusted to the capacity of the bus to serve students whose residences are one and one-half miles or more from their attending school, except as provided or amended by federal or State law, or by regulations of the Illinois State Board of Education. The number of bus stops per route shall be kept to a reasonable minimum to maintain consistency, safety, and fiscal responsibility.
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. Each bus route approved or revised by the Superintendent or designee shall be planned to ensure safety, economy and efficiency and shall meet the requirements of the Illinois State Board of Education. To the greatest extent practicable, bus routes shall be restricted to main routes and publicly maintained roads that do not involve a dead end; terminate in a cul-desac; require backing up the school bus; and are sufficiently wide so tree limbs, bushes and similar hazards are not an issue. Bus stops should be visible to vehicular traffic at least 200 feet in both directions, not on a steepgrade, blind curve or obstructed by buildings or large signs.
BOE Approved 7/15/19