Welcome to the Transportation Department
Edward "Rusty" Lemcke, Director of Transportation 847-464-6052
Welcome to the Transportation Department!
The Transportation Department for District 301 is responsible for transporting approximately 3,500 students to and from school on a daily basis. We have a current fleet of 72 buses and run approximately 200 routes daily within our district boundaries, as well as, provide transportation to 301 students which require special services outside the district. Our planned routes permit optimum pupil safety, programmed efficiency and operational economy.
We at District 301 Transportation Department maintain the safety and welfare of all students while transporting students to and from school in a scheduled manner on a daily basis. We will provide positive role models who follow the State, Federal & District procedures and guidelines with a professional attitude, which lends itself to the districts commitment of excellence.
Routing for the 2014-15 school year is underway. Busing for the upcoming school year will be available on August 18, 2014. Busing information is continually changing due to incoming enrollment. To retrieve the most up-to-date transportation, visit www.burlington.k12.il.us. Choose the Busing Information link on the top of your school’s webpage and follow the instructions. It is suggested to verify this information the day before school begins, as well. The busing information provided is routed based on the home location. If you DO NOT require a 301 bus or require a bus from an alternate location, a Student Transportation Information (STI) form needs to be submitted. Please allow 48 hours to confirm if your requested changes have been processed by using the Busing Information link. If your child is enrolled in the early education program or in an out-of-district program, busing information will be shared by a phone call, email or postal letter before the start date.
Safety ALL students should be prepared to board the bus 5 minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time. Students should not only practice safety while riding the school bus but also, whenever they are near a school bus. With that in mind please review the following tips. Avoid the Danger Zone! The Danger Zone is the 10 foot area around the school bus. Stand in a safe place away from traffic while waiting for the bus. Be alert to Traffic when crossing the street to board or depart the bus always looking left and right before entering the street. Wait for driver’s signal before safely crossing 10 feet in front of the bus. When two or more student6s are released or boarding from the bus stop; they are encouraged to cross in a group. Students which move within the driver’s sight in a group are more likely to avoid a dangerous situation.
Eating, drinking and gum chewing are NOT ALLOWED on the school bus . This policy is enforced to avoid choking hazards and any anaphylactic reactions.
According to the Illinois Rules of the Road, motorists must stop before meeting or overtaking a school bus loading or unloading passengers on a two-lane roadway. Warning lights will be activated on the front & rear of the bus at least 100 feet (200 in rural areas) in advance of a stop. The stop arm will be engaged after the bus comes to a complete stop. Motorists must then come to a complete stop and remain idle until the stop arm is no longer extended and the flashing lights have ceased. In addition, the Illinois State Board of Education and IDOT, Division of Traffic Safety, strongly recommends that vehicles to stop at least 20 feet before reaching the school bus to allow pupils to cross the roadway safely.
Important Dates The 2014-2015 District Calendar can be found on the District webpage under the Parent Student button. There are 8 half days scheduled; October 9, November 6, January 16, February 26th, March 18th, April 10th, May 1st and May 28th. Plan accordingly for the altered dismissal times. Please note, if emergency days need to be used, the calendar will change.
General Busing Information Please view our department website for answers to commonly asked questions such as: rules, routing or safety.THis links can be view by using the side bar for options. For all other questions, please contact us at (847) 464-6052.
Elementary Boundary Changes The District Website has details regarding the upcoming Elementary Boundary Changes for the 2014-15 school year. Information regarding your child’s school of attendance can be viewed from here on the Map of New Boundaries located at the bottom of the webpage or click the following link http://www.burlington.k12.il.us/vimages/shared/vnews/stories/528ba11b94891/new_bdry.jpg. This map can be enlarged for your convenience.
Effective 1/1/2014: Hand Held devices are prohibited throughout this state • It is illegal to compose, read or send a text message or e-mail at any time while driving in Illinois.
• It is illegal for anyone to use a wireless phone while driving in a school zone or in a construction or maintenance zone unless it is in voice-activated mode.
• If under age 19, it is illegal to use a cell phone while driving except during an emergency.
Check your area for local ordinances concerning the use of cell phones while driving—many Illinois communities have ordinances banning cell phone usage. Violation of either of these laws may result in a fine and a moving violation on your driving record.
For more information, please contact the transportation staff at 847-464-6052 or via email
- Rusty Lemcke, Director of Transportation: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pam Porto, Transportation Coordinator: email@example.com
- Sheila Goehrke, Safety Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dan Dalke, Chief Mechanic: email@example.com