Mr. Chad Henneike (815-432-4931) and Mrs. Jennifer Dixon (815-432-2115) are the new Transportation Directors.
Unit 9 schools are continually looking at procedures to keep our students safe. We recently reviewed our student way home process. In doing so, we discovered that we needed to address bussing and pick up and drop off procedures.
Our first goal is the safety of our children, making sure students get to and from the right locations each day. However, we are aware of the complexity of our families' schedules and are attempting to provide support when possible. Therefore, we feel that we can safely manage students who may need to be transported to alternate locations on a consistent schedule. Examples would include the following:
- Riding bus 5 to Dad's house on Tues/Thurs, but bus 11 to Mom's Mon/Wed/Fri
- Riding to a certain daycare certain days and riding home on other days.
In order to insure the safety of all students we discourage phone calls or notes on the day that the student will require a different way home. An example that we cannot accommodate is students needing to ride to different locations on a non-consistent basis.
If your child needs alternate transportation, please follow these steps:
- Make a request at least 24 hours in advance
- Place in writing (or e-mail) to the building principal the alternate transportation arrangements
- A request is complete when a confirmation is received from the school office via e-mail, note or phone call.
By following these steps, we can properly assure that all involved will take the necessary steps to keep your child safe.
Bus Safety Rules
- Dress properly for the weather. Make sure all drawstrings, ties, straps, etc. on all clothing, backpacks and other items are shortened or removed to lessen the likelihood of them getting caught in bus doors, railings and aisles.
- Arrive on time at the bus stop and stay away from the street while waiting for the bus.
- Stay away from the bus until it stops completely and the driver signals you to board. Enter single file without pushing. Always use the handrail.
- Take a seat right away and remain seated facing forward. Keep your hands, arms and head inside the bus.
- Help keep the bus neat and clean. Keep belongings out of the aisle and away from emergency exits. Eating and drinking are not allowed on the bus.
- Always listen to the driver's instructions. Be courteous to the driver and other students. Sit with your hands to yourself and avoid making noises that will distract the driver or bother other passengers. Remain seated, keeping your hands, arms and head inside the bus at all times.
- Wait until the bus pulls to a complete stop before standing up. Use the handrail when exiting the bus.
- Stay out of the danger zone next to the bus where the driver may have difficulty seeing you. Take five giant steps from the bus and out of the danger zone until you can see the driver and the driver can see you. Never crawl under a bus.
- If you must cross the street after you get off the bus, wait for the driver's signal and then cross in front of the bus. Cross the street only after checking both ways for traffic.
- Never run after the bus, even if you dropped or forgot something.