Orland School District 135 provides student transportation services to approx. 4,700 students every school day. The Transportation Department is responsible for the daily operation for student transportation to and from school, scheduling of all field, athletic, and co-curricular trips. Contract transportation services are provided by American School Bus Company (ABC) for regular education students and Sunrise Southwest for special education students.
The district will provide free transportation for all students who reside: (1) a distance of one and one-half (1½) miles or more from their assigned schools, or (2) within 1½ miles of the assigned schools, but for whom walking would constitute a serious hazard as determined by the Illinois Department of Transportation standards. Fee-based transportation services are available for students who reside less than 1½ miles from school and are not in an area deemed hazardous.
Transportation routes are designed in the interest of safety and efficiency. The large number of students being transported makes it impossible to provide for house stops or special requests stops that are not related to a safety issue. Bus stops are arranged for each route within the established guidelines for the distance students walk from their homes to the stop. These guidelines are; .12 miles for students K - 5th grade and .24 miles for students in grades 6 though 8.
Transportation services are also provided free of charge for special education students if included in the student’s individualized education program (IEP) or as otherwise required by law. All special education students will be transported in accordance with current rules and regulations, as well as the Illinois School Code.
Transportation safety is a shared responsibility and is enhanced with the active participation of students, parents, school staff, and our school bus drivers. School bus safety training is conducted with students and staff each year.
The Transportation Department is happy to answer any questions that may arise regarding a student's transportation to or from school and school-sponsored activities.
The Transportation Department is open on school days during the regular school year from 7:30 AM until the last school bus completes the afternoon route sequence, generally 4:15 PM.
To request a change in your student's bus transportation, or to submit a fee-based bus rider request, please fill out the appropriate form, which can be found to the right of this page and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that any request for a change in a bus route may only be honored in accordance with the established guidelines. Requests for fee-based transportation submitted after the established deadline may take up to two weeks to arrange as these late changes can be disruptive to bus routes and other students.