Eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Student Transportation

Transportation Eligibility

  • How do I know if my student is eligible for transportation services?

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    Many students live in designated walking areas of their attendance area school and; therefore, are not eligible for transportation services. Elementary students who reside 1.5 miles or more from their attendance area school or reside where walking to school or to a bus stop would constitute a serious safety hazard are eligible for free transportation. Click here to view the D65 Bus Eligibility and Boundary Map.

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  • Who do I contact with questions or concerns regarding transportation services?

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    Lou Gatta, Transportation Coordinator, and JoDe Dietsch, Transportation Secretary, can be reached at (847) 424-2425 or by sending an email to transportation@district65.net. Parents and guardians are encouraged to call the Transportation Department directly with questions or concerns regarding bus stops, bus routes, or bus drivers.

     

    Parents are always welcome to call Positive Connections Bus Company at (847) 492-0115 or (847) 492-1541, especially if they are asking about items that may have been left behind on a bus.

     

    Children enrolled in the Head Start program at the JEH Early Childhood Education Center are transported by Chicago School Transit. Families with children enrolled in the Head Start program may direct questions about service or to check on the status/location of a bus to the Student Transportation Department at (847) 859-8300.  

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  • Does D65 provide transportation services for students attending a school on permissive transfer?

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    No, transportation is not provided for students attending another District 65 school on permissive transfer. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to get their child to and from school.

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  • Does the District provide transportation services for middle school students?

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    No, transportation is not provided for middle school students with the exception of students that attend Chute Middle School and live in Skokie. In addition, middle school students that receive special education services and receive door-to-door transportation service per their IEP are eligible for transportation services provided by the district.

     

    Middle school students that do not qualify for transportation services may use CTA buses. Ventra passes may be purchased at the student rate from the school office. The CTA currently charges student rates of $0.75 each way and $0.15 for transfers.  

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Transportation Fees

  • Who is required to pay for transportation services?

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    If your child attends a magnet school, or is enrolled in the African Centered Curriculum (ACC) or Two-Way Immersion English (TWI-E) program and it is not at your child's attendance-area school, it is necessary to pay transportation fees. Families that qualify for reduced-price meals pay a reduced fee and families who qualify for free meals do not pay fees.

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  • What are the transportation fees for the 2018-2019 school year?

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    The cost of transportation is $514 per student.This cost is reduced to $153 per student for those families that qualify for reduced-price meals. Transportation fees are waived for students that qualify for free meals. Transportation fees will be billed in the fall.

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  • My family is applying for free- or reduced-price meals, do I need to pay transportation fees?

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    Families that qualify for reduced-price meals will receive a bill during the month of November. Families that qualify for free meals do not need to pay transportation fees.

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  • What if I don't qualify for free or reduced-price meals but can't afford to pay transportation fees?

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    Families who are not eligible for free- or reduced-price meals and who are unable to pay transportation fees, may apply for a full or partial administrative waiver. For more information, please contact the Business Department at (847) 859-8040.

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  • Are payment plans available?

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    Yes, payment plans are available. For more information, please contact the Business Department at (847) 859-8040.

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Bus Routes & Stops