TRANSPORTATION OVERVIEW

The goal of the Transportation Department is to provide safe, efficient and appropriate transportation for all eligible students.

Homer CCSD 33C will provide free transportation to and from school for resident students who live (1) A distance of 1.5 miles or more from their home school, or (2) within 1.5 miles of their home school, but for whom walking would constitute a serious safety hazard, as determined in accordance with standards established by and enforced by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

Vehicles used by the District to transport students will meet all federal and state safety standards. All drivers employed by the district meet required federal and state standards for licensing.

Bus schedules and routes, including the locations of all bus stops are determined by the Transportation Department, and can only be altered with the approval of the Director. Safety hazards and population density will be considered when determining the number and placement of bus stops in a given area.

The number of times a bus stops on a route impacts the length of time our students are on the bus and the number of buses required to provide an efficient transportation service. Stops are primarily located at intersections or corners because this is the safest stop location, primarily due to the expectations of other motorists.

Stop locations and times are subject to minor revision, most often in the few weeks following the start of school. It is during this time that changes may be made due to bus loading or time issues. Please not that bus stops may be located up to 1⁄2 mile from a student’s home, provided there are no serious hazards between the home and bus stop. Therefore, requests to move a bus stop to a student’s residence or to a closer location will not typically be approved unless a safety hazard exists.

All stop change requests, or requests for a bus stop to be added should be submitted via the Request for Bus Stop Change form on this web site. The form should be completed, and sent via email to transportation@homerschools.org. Final approval for all requests lies with the Director.


Please help us ensure your child’s safety by following these simple but important procedures:

Would you like to be a school bus driver? The hours are great, the work is fun, and we provide all

the training you need. If you’re interested in joining our team, apply online at:

http://www.generalasp.com/homerschools/onlineapp/default.aspx

or e-mail with any questions to: transportation@homerschools.org


CODE OF CONDUCT

 

BUS AND TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION 

Each student has been assigned to a particular bus route. Only for good reason and when the capacity of the bus permits, will a student be allowed to ride a bus other than the one to which he/she has been assigned. To request such a change, parents must contact the transportation office by phone at (708) 226-7625 or by email at transportation@homerschools.org. The transportation office will then notify the school if the request has been granted. No student will be allowed to get off at a stop other than his/her own without prior parental written notice.

 

Parents who intend to provide for their own child’s transportation to and from school on any particular day must inform the school office staff. Parents must sign the appropriate record sheet provided for this purpose.

Individuals other than a parent/guardian who provide transportation for district students must present a signed permission note from the parent/guardian that identifies the individual by name. Proof of identification must be presented and the individual must sign the appropriate record sheet provided for this purpose. Siblings transporting students must follow the same procedure and abide by Illinois law which states: “For the first year of licensing, or until the driver is age 18, whichever occurs first, the number of passengers is limited to one person under age 20, unless the additional passenger(s) is a sibling, step- sibling, child or stepchild of the driver. After this period, the number of passengers is limited to one in the front seat and the number of safety belts in the back seat.”

Strict regulations are enforced by our bus drivers. The students should maintain the same conduct while riding buses as they would be expected to display in the classroom. Bus rider safety is of utmost importance and drivers cannot be distracted from the operation of the bus. Students who fail to abide by the District’s bus rules, discipline policies and procedures, or who otherwise engage in gross disobedience or misconduct may be suspended from riding the school bus.

BUS RULES 

      

Bus transportation is provided for all students living in the District (Students are NOT allowed to walk to and from school). Bus stop information is sent to all parents before the school year begins. Students should arrive at their bus stop five (5) minutes before the scheduled pickup time, but no more than that. Students are expected to comply with all bus rules and regulations. Violation of such rules may result in suspension of bus riding privileges. The following disciplinary regulations and procedures will be observed:

 

 

USE OF VIDEO CAMERAS ON BUSES (Policy 7:220)

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. Students are prohibited from tampering with the video devices. Students who violate this policy shall be disciplined in accordance with the Board’s discipline policy and shall reimburse the School District for any necessary repairs or replacement. Only those people with a legitimate educational or administrative purpose may view the video recordings. If the content of a video recording becomes the subject of a student disciplinary hearing, it will be treated like other evidence in the proceeding.

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q.  What is the best way to contact Transportation with questions?

You may call the transportation office if your concern is immediate, that number is 708-226-7625. However, very often due to the volume of calls received, incoming calls go to voicemail. We make every effort to return calls as soon as possible. For general questions such as advance notice of a child’s absence, a request for your child to ride a different bus home due to an emergency, or a specific concern, the best method to contact us is through email. By writing transportation@homerschools.org, your email will be received and answered, in most cases, the same business day.

Q.  The bus drives right past my house. Why can't it stop at my house?

The higher frequency of stops makes the motoring public impatient. This results in people driving around the bus, a dangerous situation. It also delays the bus by increasing the number of stops and makes the student ride time longer. Stops are placed to be convenient for groups of students in the subdivision.

Q.  I can’t see my child’s bus stop from my house.

Our buses provide transportation for over 3,600 students. Although we make every effort to locate school bus stops at convenient locations that are safe for students to walk to, it isn’t possible to locate all stops where they can be seen by parents at each stop.

Q.  We live on a cul-de-sac. Will the bus come down our street?

Except for special education circumstances, buses are generally not routed into a cul-de-sac. Cul-de-sac stops are considered unwise for the following reasons:

  1.  Cul-de-sac stops create blind spots often causing students to enter or exit in a danger zone around the bus at a corner stop or street curb stop, they enter/ exit outside the danger zone).
  2.  Different styles and sizes of buses make maneuvering in cul-de-sac difficult.
  3.  The rear of the bus has potential to swing around close to the sidewalk.
  4.  Parked cars and other obstacles create road hazards that may not be seen until entering the   cul-de-sac and at a point of no return.
  5.  Property damage to mailboxes and landscaping

Q.  Why do some children have to cross the street to board the bus?

We are not able to route buses so that all children can board the bus on the door side. We suggest if you prefer, that children wait on the side of the street where they reside. The bus will stop traffic in all directions to accommodate students that need to cross the street.

Q.  My child carries a large musical instrument and/or heavy backpack. He is the only student using the stop. It needs to be closer to our home.

Bus stops are centrally located for all students along a route. Bus stops are not changed to accommodate one or more students because that may displace other students further from their home.


Q.  My child is starting kindergarten. Will the bus pick my child up in front of the house?

There are no special laws or requirements for transporting students enrolled in kindergarten. AM kindergarten students ride the elementary school bus to school and a special mid-day bus home. Mid-day buses make stops for kindergarten students at their homes whenever possible. Kindergarten students will not be dropped off without a parent or authorized guardian visible to receive the student. If no one is home to receive the student, that student will be returned to the school and the parent will need to make arrangements to pick the student up from the school. Please advise your school as to the authorized individuals (i.e neighbors) who may assume the responsibility for your children.

Q.  Why is my child’s bus more crowded than others I see?

Decisions regarding each bus route are made by careful planning based on information from school registration, previous similar routes and Department of Transportation data. Most routes are fixed in late spring/early summer and changes made after the first three weeks of school or sooner. Distance from school, number of buses and drivers, and grouping of students and neighborhoods are all factors that are considered.

Q.  How far can a bus stop be from the student's home?

Bus stops may be up to 1/2 mile from the student's residence. All bus stops in District 33C are less than 1/2 mile from student's residences.

Q.  Why is my child’s bus late?

Weather, traffic or construction delays, maintenance difficulties or other unforeseen incidents are responsible for delays in the arrival of your child’s bus. Please know that we do everything possible to ensure all buses are running on schedule each and every day. In the event your bus does not arrive as scheduled, contact our office at 708/226-7625. Please allow 10-15 minutes before calling.

Q. Why can’t you call me when you know the bus will be late?

There can be as many as 50-55 students on each bus. It is difficult to contact everyone in such a short time. Also many parents are not at home or waiting at the bus stop for their child.

Q.  Can my child ride a different bus than the one they were assigned due to an emergency? (Example: I have to have someone watch my child after school)

Students should only take the bus they are assigned to. However, we understand that on occasion, circumstances require a change in plans. If your child needs to take a different bus, the parent should contact the Transportation Department by phone or e-mail to make the proper arrangements. Please be sure to have your student’s school information on hand before you call.


Traffic Laws Concerning School Buses and School Zones

(625 ILCS 5/11-1414) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-1414)

Sec. 11-1414. Approaching, overtaking, and passing school bus.

(a) The driver of a vehicle shall stop such vehicle before meeting or overtaking, from either direction, any

school bus stopped at any location for the purpose of receiving or discharging pupils. Such stop is

required before reaching the school bus when there is in operation on the school bus the visual signals as

specified in Sections 12-803 and 12-805 of this Code. The driver of the vehicle shall not proceed until the

school bus resumes motion or the driver of the vehicle is signaled by the school bus driver to proceed or

the visual signals are no longer actuated.

Homer CCSD 33C drivers will report all violations to law enforcement for ticketing. Violators are

required to appear in court. A guilty finding will result in fines and/or suspension of their driver’s license.

(625 ILCS 5/12-610.1)

Sec. 12-610.1. Wireless telephones.

(a) As used in this Section, "wireless telephone" means a device that is capable of transmitting or

receiving telephonic communications without a wire connecting the device to the telephone network.

(e) A person, regardless of age, may not use a wireless telephone at any time while operating a motor

vehicle on a roadway in a school speed zone established under Section 11-605.

(720 ILCS 5/11-9.3)

(a-5) It is unlawful for a child sex offender to knowingly be present within 100 feet of a site posted as a

pick-up or discharge stop for a conveyance owned, leased, or contracted by a school to transport students

to or from school or a school related activity when one or more persons under the age of 18 are present at

the site.

(b-5) It is unlawful for a child sex offender to knowingly reside within 500 feet of a school building or the

real property comprising any school that persons under the age of 18 attend. Nothing in this subsection 

prohibits a child sex offender from residing within 500 feet of a school building or the real property

comprising any school that persons under 18 attend if the property is owned by the child sex offender and

was purchased before July 7, 2000 (the effective date of Public Act 91-911).

More detailed information about the Illinois Sex Offender registry can be obtained at:

http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/faq.cfm

The Homer CCSD 33C Transportation Department maintains a current listing of the registered sex

offenders residing within the district attendance boundaries. Bus stops are located whenever possible to

avoid sex offenders being located between any bus stop and the students assigned to that bus stop.

Links:

Homer CCSD 33C School Board Policies

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