• 2021-22 Transportation Information

    Bus Transportation Overview 

    Transportation services for the 2021-22 school year will resume for kindergarten through eighth grade students on August 25, 2021. Bus route information will be updated through the student information system, PowerSchool, and families will be notified via email when bus pick-up times and routes are available.

    Reminder - Transportation During the First Weeks of the School Year

    During the first weeks of the school year, the ability of a driver to complete their route may take longer. During this time, we ask for your extended patience as drivers may need to assist students who are new to utilizing bus services. Additionally, certain factors may delay a bus driver from leaving their school site promptly, including the driver’s responsibility of checking that students have boarded the correct vehicle. Please consider these common scenarios during the first weeks of school and factor-in additional time for a student’s arrival/departure to and from their school site.

    Magnet School Busing

    Families with students enrolled in District 65’s magnet schools (Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Fine Arts School) who are interested in magnet school bus service must submit their contact information and payments to the appropriate staff member (located below) to participate in the service. 

    Students enrolled in a magnet school or special program such as the African Centered Curriculum (ACC) or Two Way Immersion programs (TWI) may be eligible for transportation. Transportation fees per student are: 

    • $539 full fee for students in grades K - 8
    • $161 for students qualifying for reduced-price meals
    • Waived for students qualifying for free meals.

    Please send your student's information to transportation@district65.net and contact Clara Estrella (fees coordinator) at estrellac@district65.net or (847) 859-8015 to process payments. 

    ChildCare / Community Partner Stops

    Bus riders may request transportation to one community partner or center/childcare stop if that stop is within the attendance area of your child’s school. To request a stop, please review the information outlined in the frequently asked questions section of our website. You may also contact your school or send an email to transportation@district65.net. Childcare transportation information is not kept on file from year to year.

    District 65's Transportation Services department readily provides transportation to elementary school students to the following community partners/centers - 

    • MCGAW YMCA (1000 Grove St, Evanston, IL 60201)
    • Robert Crown Community Center (1801 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202)
    • Family Focus via Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center (1655 Foster St, Evanston, IL 60201)
    • Evanston Kindercare (2014 Dempster St, Evanston, IL 60202)

    Middle school students are not transported to these programs unless they recieve special education services from the district.

    If you require a childcare stop, you must notify the Transportation Department each year of any changes.  If you have questions, please email transportation@district65.net or call the District’s Transportation Line at (847) 859-8160.

    Feedback

    The Transportation Services Department readily welcomes and encourages parent/caregiver feedback! Should you want to provide feedback about your transportation experience, please email the Transportation Department at transportation@district65.net or call (847) 859-8160. Please include your name, phone number, address, child’s school and bus route number within your message.

    CONTACTS

    Lou Gatta, Transportation Coordinator
    (847) 859-8160

    JoDe Dietsch, Transportation Secretary
    (847) 859-8156