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Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103; Sept 30, 2020

Busing for In-Person Student Learners

Dear Parents and Guardians,


This letter will acquaint you with some of the guidelines that govern school bus transportation. Your cooperation will help us to maintain timely, efficient and safe bus service. Please contact the Transportation Department if you have questions. Bus routes for those families who signed up for fall busing will be posted later in the day on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 in Unified Classroom. Principals will communicate to families of in-person learners procedures for dropping off and picking up their students.


Anthony Mendoza, CDPT

Director of Transportation
Email: Schoolbus@d103.org
Phone: (847) 295-8258

RIDING THE SCHOOL BUS DURING COVID-19

Prior to your child riding the bus, the parent/guardian must check the student’s temperature (100.4 F or greater child must stay home) and determine if the student is exhibiting any symptoms associated with COVID-19 including fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle and body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Students are required to wear a mask for the duration of the ride and sit on the bus seat closest to the window. Students are to sit one child to a seat (unless students are from the same household).


ESTABLISHING SCHOOL BUS STOPS/ROUTES

In the case of regular education, neighborhood bus stops are provided in accordance with the Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 policy: 4:110 Transportation. In the case of special education programs, bus service is arranged in accordance with the students’ Individualized Education Plans (IEP). School bus stops will be established considering safety, efficiency, economy, and equity and will follow the distances below. Stops may be made closer for reasons of safety. Every effort will be made to maintain the distances as listed below. However, few exceptions may occur.

  1. Daniel Wright – Community stops not to exceed 0.30 miles from a child’s home

  2. Half Day – Corner stops not to exceed 0.20 miles from a child’s home

  3. Laura Sprague –

    • First and second grade only – Corner stops not to exceed 0.15 miles from a child’s home

    • Kindergarten bus stops will be determined by enrollment and geography prior to the beginning of the school year


Buses will not be routed into dead-ends, cul-de-sacs or other streets that require a three-point turn or backing maneuver to exit unless the alternative bus stop would present an unusual safety hazard. For students located in these areas, community or corner stops will be provided.


Buses will not be routed on private roadways or on roads not maintained by the local, county or State governments.


OTHER ROUTING CONSIDERATIONS

The order of pick up and drop off of students is designed to be most efficient and within the shortest possible time. Students who are first on in the morning will not necessarily be the first off in the afternoon if it is a less efficient way to run the route. In general, the farther students live from school, the longer their bus ride will be. The length of the bus ride is not determined by the distance from school, but by the number of stops made. Every effort will be made to keep route times at approximately 30 minutes long and not to exceed 45 minutes per route.


Bus arrival times may differ due to circumstances beyond the driver’s control. Heavy traffic, vehicle accidents and weather can affect the driver’s arrival time. Students should be out at their bus stops at least five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled arrival time noted in PowerSchool.


WHAT IS NOT CONSIDERED FOR ADDING OR CHANGING A STOP?

It is not possible to provide bus stops that are within sight of all student homes or day cares. Most families who live one house from the corner cannot see the corner bus stop without coming out of their homes. Parents are encouraged to be out at bus stops to promote proper pedestrian and bus stop behavior.


Routes travel past many students’ houses; however stopping at all houses would be inefficient. Other students may be assigned to the stop, but ride infrequently, which also determines stop locations. Stops at corners accommodate other students who may move into the neighborhood.


REQUESTING A CHANGE

Change requests will not be processed for the first four weeks of school. This will allow ridership levels to normalize and will keep the department from constantly changing routes on a daily basis causing confusion and frustration for both students and parents during the first few weeks of school. Please note: requests that increase route time will be denied.


Lost Items: Parents or guardians may telephone the transportation office regarding lost items. The Transportation Department, however, is not responsible for personal belongings left on a bus.


Cell Phones/Tablets: Devices may be used on the bus. If usage becomes disruptive, the student will be expected to follow driver directions in putting the device away. Taking photos and videos of peers or staff and/or posting them on social media during school hours or on the bus is prohibited.


Emergency Equipment: Tampering with school bus emergency equipment is forbidden and will result in loss of transportation privileges.


STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Each student riding a bus is expected to:

  • Follow any directions given by the driver or monitor

  • Enter/exit the bus in an orderly manner

  • Avoid physical playing or rough conduct

  • Remain seated at all times

  • Keep head and extremities inside the bus

  • Refrain from playing musical instruments inside bus

  • Refrain from eating, drinking, gum chewing, or smoking while on bus

  • Respect the rights of others inside and outside the bus


Unacceptable Behavior: If a student’s behavior is unacceptable, the driver will submit a written report to the school principal. The principal will investigate the incident and take appropriate action. Suspension is considered when the behavior jeopardizes other passengers or the safe operation of the bus.


Bus Surveillance: Video and audio cameras may be active on buses in order to monitor student conduct and maintain a safe environment and they may be used for the purposes of investigation into misconduct or accidents on the bus.


PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Change of Address: In the event a family moves or has any change of address or phone number, parents or guardians must contact the school of attendance. The school will contact the transportation office with the change. It may take three to five business days to process a route change.


Change of Bus Stop: Drivers are not authorized to change established bus stops or routes without authorization from the Office of Transportation Services. The driver will face disciplinary action for changing bus stops or routes without permission. Bus stops or routes are not changed to meet temporary needs. If the student needs to ride home with another student for emergency purposes, the parent or guardian must submit a letter to the school office for approval. Requests for a change due to playdates or non-emergency reasons will be denied.


Child Care Addresses: Parents or guardians often request that students be delivered to a child care facility instead of the neighborhood stop in the afternoon. Students may be dropped at a day care address if the service occurs on a consistent basis and if the service can be accommodated on an existing route. Facility must be within D103 boundaries.


Liability: Parents or guardians are liable for damages committed by their child(ren) to the bus and to private property at the bus stop.


Late Bus Notification: Parents or guardians are encouraged to enroll in Bus Bulletin to receive text, phone, or email notifications for late busing alerts. Enroll on the Bus Bulletin website.


DANGER ZONES

It is important that students keep away from moving buses. When the bus is coming to a stop or getting ready to depart, please be sure students are more than 10 feet from the bus. Please follow the driver’s instructions and if possible, stay out of the danger zones at all times.

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