Transportation

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District 54’s Transportation Services Department works in conjunction with school personnel, First Student and parents to provide a safe and efficient service. About 200 buses transport nearly 8,000 students, traveling more than 5,000 miles each day.

Click here to view the Boundary Map. School boundaries are subject to change. Call (847) 357-5104 if you have a specific question.

Routes and Stops

School bus routes and stops are determined by District 54’s Transportation Services Department on the basis of safety, efficiency and student ridership. Bus routes, stops or times may be altered by District 54’s Transportation Services Department if ridership changes during the school year. Scheduled bus route stop times are set as a general guide. Students must be at their stop at least 5 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time to maintain a safe and timely arrival at school.

Students are expected to ride to and from school on their assigned buses. Students may only get on and off the bus at their assigned stops. It is the district’s long-standing practice that a child must have consistent pick-up and drop-off points to ensure student safety. Parents or guardians must notify the school in writing if permission is given for a student to walk, rather than ride, to and from school.

Free Riders

District 54 will provide free bus transportation for students in kindergarten through eighth grade who attend their base school, an open enrollment school or a magnet school and live 1.5 miles or more from the school they attend or live within an area that the Illinois Department of Transportation has determined to be a safety hazard (such as if students would have to cross a busy road).

Pay Riders

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade who live less than 1.5 miles from their school may ride the bus for an annual fee depending on the availability of seats on an existing bus. Parents will receive applications in June of each year. Busing fees must be paid in full when students register for busing. District 54 accepts cash (exact change only), checks and money orders (made payable to School District 54), Visa and MasterCard. People who register by July 15, will receive a $50 early-bird discount.

The transportation fees for the 2016-17 school year are

  • $525 for one child
  • $650 for two children
  • $750 for three or more children

Bus fees may be paid by mail to

School District 54 Transportation Services
524 E Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194

or in person at the Rafferty Administration Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194. After July 15, call (847) 357-5104 to check availability prior to submitting your application and payment.

Click here to download the application for paid transportation.

Activity Buses

Activity buses are provided at 4 p.m. at no cost for junior high students who live 1.5 miles or more from their school and for students who live less than 1.5 miles from their school who have registered for paid busing. All students riding the 4 p.m. activity buses must have their bus passes available for the driver. The bus will stop at community stops, which will be at least 1 mile from the school and may not be the same as the student’s regular stop. To find the closest stop and the correct route for your student, you may contact your school’s office or Transportation Services at (847) 357-5104.

Students on Crutches

If your child rides the bus to school and is on crutches, please contact your child’s school nurse. The nurse will provide you with Request for Medical Busing forms. Parents/guardians and physicians must complete these forms before a child on crutches will be allowed to ride the bus. Once the nurse receives the forms and if the doctor indicates a student can climb stairs, arrangements will be made for a representative from First Student to observe the child’s ability to safely navigate the stairs of the bus. The nurse will notify parents of the outcome of the observation.

Recordings on Buses

Electronic visual and audio recordings may be used on school buses as necessary to monitor conduct and to promote and maintain a safe environment for students and employees when transportation is provided for any school-related activity. Any electronic recording of the interior of a school bus when the bus is transporting students to and from school and school-sponsored activities is exempt from the Eavesdropping Act and is not a school student record under the Illinois School Student Records Act. Pursuant to Illinois law, such recordings are nonetheless confidential records and may only be used by school officials (or their designees) and law enforcement personnel for investigations, school disciplinary actions and hearings, proceedings under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, and criminal prosecutions, related to incidents occurring in or around the school bus.

If you have questions or need additional information please call (847) 357-5104 or e-mail Transportation Services.