Traveling on a school bus is the safest form of transportation for students. District 57 feels strongly that bus safety is a priority. Maintaining this high level of safety is a priority and is the responsibility of all students, parents, school staff, bus contractors, and bus drivers. Students have the right to ride the bus in a safe environment. NO STUDENT may interfere with this right.
The district wide fee for bus service is $450 per student (discounted to $375 if registered by June 12). A two-payment plan is available with $225 due upon initial online registration, $225 due November 1. Payment can be made online at the district website at Parents, Online Payments E-Pay.
Transportation Service Changes
Complete the online Transportation Change Form to report a route/stop issue, new district address, discontinue service, or for other requests. Allow three (3) business days for a request to be initiated.
For the safety of students and route efficiencies the transportation service provider will be assigning bus stops.
- Any students signing up after June 12 will be assigned to an existing route/stop and will experince delays in bus pass distribution. Future changes to routes and stops may occur after the start of the school year as the transportation service provider attempts to identify service needs. However, until that time, routes and stops will be set unless there are safety issues or corrections due to address changes.
- Bus drivers are not independently authorized to make route/stop changes.
- Families having an alternate address will need to identify a single pick-up address for the arrival route and a single drop-off address for the dismissal route. The stop for the arrival and dismissal routes can be different; however, the stop must be consistent throughout the entire week.
Notification for Delayed Routes/Buses
First Student is offering a notification system called Bus Bulletin to notify parents/guardians when there are bus delays of approximately 10 minutes or more. If you would like to receive instant notification when delays or incidents affect your student’s bus, please register with Bus Bulletin at:
Fees for transportation service are waived for students who meet the qualifying income eligibility guidelines and verification process pursuant to Board Policy 4:140. The student fee waiver application must be completed and submitted to the business office within three days of transportation sign-up along with Income Tax Form 1040, W-2 form(s), and all other appropriate documentation. Students will not be routed for transportation service until the student fee waiver application is completed, submitted, and approved.
Electronic monitoring devices that include video cameras and GPS may be used on school buses as necessary to monitor conduct and maintain a safe environment for students and bus drivers.
To board the bus, a student must be a registered bus rider and have a pass. There will be a NO PASS, NO RIDE policy that will be strictly enforced. Activity bus riders at Lincoln Middle School also require a bus pass to board the bus.