Transportation

School Buses

Kirby School District 140 owns and operates its own transportation system.

School bus transportation is provided free of charge to D140 students living one and one-half (1.5) miles or more from the school they attend.

Students in Kindergarten through eighth grade living between seven-tenths (.7) and under one and one-half (1.5) miles from the school they attend are considered Optional Bus Riders. Subject to availability, parents/guardians of Optional Bus Riders will have the opportunity to pay for bus service at an annual fee established by the Board of Education of Kirby School District 140. Please email Carly Grad at cgrad@ksd140.org or call the Transportation Office at (708) 532-8539 at the time of registration if you wish to be considered for optional transportation. 

In establishing the bus routes, it is our responsibility to schedule the safest and shortest route to and from the school building which your child attends. Assigned bus routes are those located closest to the student's home address. Your child’s bus information can be found in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Select More in the left index, then select transportation. We reserve the right to assign bus stops if necessary. Students will not be able to change bus routes. 

Actual stop times will vary for the first several weeks of school as route patterns are established and the students adjust to boarding and getting seated.

Transportation will not be provided for Preschool Program students.

Please consult the Fees/Online Payment section of our website to review optional transportation fees and registration information.

Please email Carly Grad at cgrad@ksd140.org or call the Transportation Department at 708-532-8539 with any questions or concerns.


Bus Rider Information

School bus transportation is provided free of charge to D140 students living one and one-half (1.5) miles or more from the school they attend.

Students in Kindergarten through eighth grade living between seven-tenths (.7) and under one and one-half (1.5) miles from the school they attend are considered Optional Bus Riders. Subject to availability, parents/guardians of Optional Bus Riders will have the opportunity to pay for bus service at an annual fee established by the Board of Education of Kirby School District 140. Please email Carly Grad at cgrad@ksd140.org or call the Transportation Office at (708) 532-8539 at the time of registration if you wish to be considered for optional transportation. 

The number of Optional Bus Riders assigned to bus routes is determined on a case-by-case basis and varies on availability by the school and routes each school year. Families requesting optional transportation will be placed on a waiting list and routed if/when space becomes available.

When the transportation department assigns a bus route to an optional rider on the waiting list,  the business office will contact the family regarding payment of transportation fees. Installment plans for transportation fees are available through our Business Office (708-532-6462).

Please email Carly Grad at cgrad@ksd140.org or call the Transportation Office at (708) 532-8539 for more information.

Kindergarten/Early Childhood students will be picked up and dropped off at their designated bus stop. An adult (18 years or older) must meet the child. If no one is present to receive the student, the student will be returned to the school, and the parent will be required to make arrangements to pick up their child.
Transportation for students to and from child care providers will be provided under certain conditions. Please contact the Transportation Department at 708-532-8539 for details.
See the section on Special Services Transportation for information regarding students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs).


Student Bus Status Codes

Walkers

  • Students living less than .7 miles from the school they attend are not eligible to ride the bus.

Legal Riders

  • Students living 1.5 miles or more from the school they attend are provided free transportation.

Special Education

  • Students who are transported due to Individual Education Program requirements.

Hazard Riders

  • Students living less than 1.5 miles from the school they attend but are eligible for free transportation due to a hazard as approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Optional Riders

  • Students in Kindergarten through eighth grade living between seven-tenths (.7) and under one and one-half (1.5) miles from the school they attend are considered Optional Bus Riders. Subject to availability, parents/guardians of Optional Bus Riders will have the opportunity to pay for bus service at an annual fee established by the Board of Education of Kirby School District 140. Please email Carly Grad at cgrad@ksd140.org or call the Transportation Office at (708) 532-8539 at the time of registration if you wish to be considered for optional transportation. 

Optional Transportation Fees

Students in Kindergarten through eighth grade living between seven-tenths (.7) and under one and one-half (1.5) miles from the school they attend are considered Optional Bus Riders. Subject to availability, parents/guardians of Optional Bus Riders will have the opportunity to pay for bus service at an annual fee established by the Board of Education of Kirby School District 140. Please email Carly Grad at cgrad@ksd140.org or call the Transportation Office at (708) 532-8539 at the time of registration if you wish to be considered for optional transportation. 

The number of Optional Bus Riders assigned to bus routes is determined on a case-by-case basis and varies on availability by the school and routes each school year. Families requesting optional transportation will be placed on a waiting list and routed if/when space becomes available.

When the transportation department assigns a bus route to an optional rider on the waiting list,  the business office will contact the family regarding payment of transportation fees. Installment plans for transportation fees are available through our Business Office (708-532-6462).

Please email Carly Grad at cgrad@ksd140.org or call the Transportation Office at (708) 532-8539 for more information.


Special Services Transportation

Transportation needs for students with disabilities are discussed at the student’s IEP meeting. If you have any concerns regarding transportation, please contact the student’s teacher, the building principal, or the Department of Special Services to arrange for an IEP meeting. Per State regulations, unauthorized riders are not allowed to ride a bus with a student. Only individuals who have been authorized by the District or the student’s IEP team may ride the bus. Therefore, parents or other individuals may not ride the bus with the students. Should a student with disabilities have special needs that require the bus driver’s knowledge, such information will be shared with the bus driver. The bus driver is held to a strict code of confidentiality, so the driver, therefore, cannot discuss any student’s personal information with anyone other than specified school personnel. If you have any questions or concerns regarding a student’s eligibility for transportation services, please contact the Department of Special Services at 708-532-8537.


Activity Bus (Middle School Only)

On days when student support occurs, a daily activity bus will depart from the two district middle schools at 4:10 p.m. An activity bus is an option for bus riders only. Please note that the middle school activity bus stop may be different from a child's regular bus stop.  A list of these stops can be found in your child's school office or by calling the Transportation Department at 708-532-8539.


Bus Bulletin Notifications

The Transportation Department uses the Bus Bulletin notification system to notify parents/guardians when there are bus delays and transportation schedule changes.

If you would like to receive instant notifications when delays affect your student's bus, please register with Bus Bulletin. 

  • There is no cost for this service.
  • Registration is simple and fast.
  • You can choose to receive text messages, phone calls, and e-mails.
  • All contact information is stored securely and will not be shared or sold - your privacy is protected.

For more information, or to sign-up and start receiving notifications, please visit BusBulletin.com/parents
 
For help with registration, call D140’s Transportation Department at 708-532-8539.


School Bus Safety

  • Stay away from Danger Zones around the bus.
  • If you drop something near the bus, don’t pick it up. The driver may not see you. Tell the driver and follow his/her instructions.
  • Remember that motorists don’t always stop for the school bus. Use extreme caution when getting on or off the bus.

Bus Rider Safety Instructions

Please take a few minutes to review the following bus rider regulations. These regulations have been established to help ensure that all bus riders will travel between home and school under the safest conditions possible. A large part of the success we experience during the school year will depend upon your cooperation.

School bus riders, while in transit, are under the jurisdiction of the school bus driver unless the Board of Education designates another adult to supervise the riders.

Students must:

  • Stay off the road at all times while waiting for the bus.
  • Be careful in approaching the place where the bus stops. Do not move toward the bus until the bus has been brought to a complete stop.
  • Obey the lawful instructions of the bus driver.
  • Remain seated and face forward while on the bus.
  • Be alert to a danger signal from the driver.
  • Remain in the bus in the event of a road emergency until instructions are given by the driver.
  • Keep hands and head inside the bus at all times after entering and until leaving the bus. Do not throw anything out of the bus windows. Windows are only to be opened and closed by authorized personnel.
  • Remember that loud talking and laughing or unnecessary confusion diverts the driver’s attention and could result in a serious accident. Therefore, refrain from making loud and/or distracting noises.
  • Be absolutely quiet when approaching a railroad crossing stop.
  • Treat bus equipment as you would valuable furniture in your own home. Never tamper with the bus or any of its equipment.
  • Assist in keeping the bus safe and sanitary at all times.
  • Carry no animals on the bus.
  • Keep books, packages, coats and all other objects out of the aisles.
  • Leave no books, lunches or other articles on the bus.
  • Be courteous to fellow pupils and the bus driver; refrain from pushing, hitting, moving about, and annoying others.
  • Help look after the safety and comfort of smaller children.
  • Not ask the driver to stop at places other than the regular bus stops; the driver is not permitted to do this except by proper authorization from a school official.
  • Observe safety precautions at the point of discharge. Where it is necessary to cross the street, proceed to the point at least 10 feet in front of the bus on the right shoulder of the street where traffic may be observed in both directions.
  • Observe the same rules and regulations on other trips under school sponsorship as you observe between home and school. Respect the wishes of the chaperones appointed by the school.