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Transportation

Who to Contact

If you have any questions about transportation, please contact transportation@dps109.org.

Our Bus Drivers

District 109 works very closely with our transportation provider, Olson Transportation, to ensure that we have the best drivers to greet our students every morning, get them safely to and from school, and be a last, positive connection to school as they get off the bus at the end of the school day. These drivers all care deeply about the students who ride their buses, and about the District 109 community.

Click HERE to get to know a little bit about the people behind the wheel of your children’s buses!

Procedures and Change Requests

District 109 contracts with Olson Transportation to provide transportation services for its students. The performance of the services is monitored on a daily basis by each individual school.

Students who live 1.5 miles or more from their designated school are eligible for free bus service, as are students that reside in an area where walking to school is designated as hazardous by criteria established by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Students residing in an area less than 1.5 miles from school and not in a designated hazardous area can, for a fee, obtain bus services, providing space is available on an existing route. Bus riders will receive their bus pass within the first two weeks of school. Only students with a bus pass are allowed to ride the bus.

If you believe there is a safety hazard at your child’s current assigned bus stop, you can submit a bus stop change request by completing this form.

After you complete the form, send any supporting documentation (maps, photographs, etc.) to the Transportation Department at transportation@dps109.org. Please see detailed information about:

Other Forms of Transportation

By Car: If you drive your child to and from school, please check with each school for specific traffic patterns and procedures. We encourage the use of our free bus service and car pooling to cut down on the amount of traffic around our schools.

By Foot: Children walking to and from school should cross streets only at crosswalks. Check with each school to find out which intersections have crossing guards.

By Bicycle, Scooter, and In-line Skate: Helmets are required. We encourage students riding scooters or bicycles to place them in the racks provided, using a chain and lock. The District is not responsible if bikes or scooters are stolen. Skates must be stored in lockers. Bicycles, scooters and in-line skates may not be used before school or at recess on the playgrounds. Please check with your child’s school about any grade or other restrictions in using these modes of transportation.

Bus Routes

The Transportation Department updates routes as necessary, so please check these routes for changes daily during the first days of school. 

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SafeStop: Track Your Child's Bus

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District 109 offers SafeStop, a free mobile app that allows parents to view, in real time, their child’s bus. If the weather is bad, you’ll be able to see where the bus is on the route and when it is expected to arrive at the stop. That way, you can gauge when to send your child to the bus stop in the morning, or when you should arrive at the stop to meet your child in the afternoon.

The system is secure; parents register using their child’s student ID and have access to the bus route on which their child rides.

Available Features:

  • A real-time map to locate your child’s bus (the app updates every 30 seconds)
  • An Alerts & Messaging area to send changes to service – as they happen

A great feature that is coming soon: a view of the estimated arrival time that the bus will reach your stop.

How To Sign Up

Visit Deerfield109.SafeStopApp.com/activate. To securely register, you must enter your student’s ID number, which you can find in Family Access, under Student Info. You’ll see “Other ID” listed under the photo of your child:

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If you have children in both elementary and middle school, you can enter multiple student IDs on the second page of the registration process. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with download information for SafeStop. If you have any questions about the signup process or use of the app, please contact SafeStop at support@SafeStopApp.com.