District 54’s Transportation Services Department works in conjunction with school personnel, First Student transportation company and families to provide a safe and efficient service.

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 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.

Forms of Busing

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).

District 54 is offering parent-paid transportation for students living less than 1.5 miles and more than 0.5 miles from their school of attendance. Due to the bus driver shortage, there is limited availability for paid riders. Paid riders will only be added if an existing route has the space and time to support additional riders.

In order to reduce travel times, District 54 will be utilizing community stops for parent-paid riders. These stops may be up to a half mile from your home. 

Busing fees must be paid in full when students register for busing. People who register by July 15, will receive a $50 early-bird discount.

The transportation fees are as follows. This multiple child discount is applicable to immediate family members only.

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

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.

District 54 provides free bus transportation for students who live 1.5 miles or more from the open enrollment school they attend or those who live within an area that the Illinois Department of Transportation has determined to be a safety hazard (such as when students would have to cross a busy road). Students enrolled in the English-Spanish dual-language program must attend their dual base school and meet the above criteria to qualify for free transportation.

Transportation Policies

Only items, including musical instruments, that fit on the student’s lap will be permitted on the bus. No sports equipment, such as balls and skateboards, are allowed on the bus. The use of laser pointers, cell phones and electronic devices is prohibited on the bus.

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.

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.