Parents

Parent Resources

We are pleased to provide a variety of key links and information in our Resources section. Please click the appropriate link at left.

At right, we have included links to some of the key community organizations in District 181. Fliers from these organizations and other local groups can be found in the Community Backpack, accessible from the Quicklinks section at the bottom of our website, or click here to visit the Community Backpack page.

Parent-Paid Transportation Enrollment

The district is once again offering families the option to pay for bus transportation service on an existing D181 route. The parent-paid option is available at Elm School, at CHMS for Monroe boundary area students less than 1.5 miles, and at HMS for Madison and Oak boundary area students less than 1.5 miles.

Families who are eligible can enroll for parent-paid bus transportation by completing this form: 2019-20 Parent-Paid Transportation Enrollment Form

The deadline to enroll is Tuesday, April 30.

FAQ D181 Bus Transportation 2019-20

What is the state law regarding schools and bus transportation?

The State of Illinois Pupil Transportation guidelines for our District require providing bus service for students whose walking route is 1.5 miles or more from school or whose walking route contains an Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Serious Safety Hazard that cannot be mitigated by the use of crossing guards.

Students whose Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan requires bus transportation will continue to receive this service at no cost.

Bus Transportation by School

Madison, Oak, Prospect, The Lane and Walker

Based on the central “neighborhood” location and size of the boundaries at Madison, Oak, Prospect, The Lane and Walker, no regular education bus service is currently provided.

Monroe

Bus transportation service will be provided for all Monroe students who reside North of Ogden Avenue.

Elm School

Bus transportation service will be provided for Elm students whose walking path is more than 1.5 miles and/or contains an IDOT Serious Safety Hazard that cannot be mitigated by the use of crossing guards. For example, walking on and/or crossing a roadway such as 55th Street, County Line Road, and Plainfield Road.

Hinsdale Middle School

● Bus service will continue for all HMS students who reside in the Elm School boundary area.

● Bus service will continue for all HMS students who reside in The Lane boundary area.

● Nearly all HMS students who reside in the Madison School boundary are less than 1.5 miles and do not qualify to receive bus transportation. There are several homes in the far Southwest section of the Madison boundary area, however, who will qualify for bus transportation based on distance.

● Nearly all HMS students who reside in the Oak School boundary who are less than 1.5 miles and do not qualify to receive bus transportation. There are several homes in the far Southeast section of the Oak boundary area, however, which will qualify for bus transportation based on distance.

Clarendon Hills Middle School

● CHMS students who reside in the Monroe School boundary North of Ogden Avenue qualify to receive bus transportation.

● CHMS students who reside in the Monroe School boundary South of Ogden Avenue will qualify for bus transportation if their walking route is greater than 1.5 miles. Students whose walking route is less than 1.5 miles do not qualify for bus transportation.

● CHMS students who reside in the Prospect School boundary are less than 1.5 miles and do not qualify for bus transportation.

● CHMS students who reside in the Walker School boundary qualify to receive bus transportation.

When will the District determine bus transportation eligibility?

Eligibility notifications will be sent via email to the Family 1/Guardian 1 email address on file for all returning CHMS, HMS, Elm and Monroe families the week of April 8th. This notification will also include any new D181 students at CHMS, HMS, Elm and Monroe who have completed registration as of March 29th.

Transportation eligibility is determined based on the student residence address on file. Please contact the district office or your child’s school to update any change of address as it can impact eligibility or result in a bus route and/or stop change.

Can parents pay for bus transportation?

Yes. The district is once again offering families the option to pay for bus transportation service on an existing D181 route. The parent-paid option is available at Elm School, at CHMS for Monroe boundary area students less than 1.5 miles, and at HMS for Madison and Oak boundary area students less than 1.5 miles.

The parent-paid transportation rate for the 2019-20 school year will be $618 per student and a maximum family rate of $1,030. As space may be limited and bus stops will be added to existing routes for parent-paid riders, the deadline to enroll is Tuesday, April 30th. A late fee of $100 per student will be assessed after the enrollment deadline. The annual transportation fee will be charged to the student’s account, payable through Skyward and due by Friday, June 28th.

You can enroll for parent-paid bus transportation by completing this form:

2019-20 Parent-Paid Transportation Enrollment Form

When will the District determine bus routing information?

As it is done yearly, specifics on bus routing, such as assigned bus stops and pick up times, will be provided to families just prior to the start of the school year.

What if I have specific questions about bus eligibility?

If you have any questions, please email buseligibility@d181.org.