ECUSD7 Transportation Department

Bus service in District 7 is provided by First Student, Inc., one of the largest student transportation companies in the country. The District utilizes approximately 50 large buses and 26 special education vans. The average age of the buses is five (5) years, and each bus is completely equipped with safety equipment necessary to meet state and federal guidelines, including crossing arms, wheelchair lights, warning lights, etc. All buses are subject to full inspection every six months.

The District’s transportation system is designed and configured to be as efficient as possible and uses a three tier routing system.  Most buses have three routes in the morning and three in the afternoon, and as such, the high school, middle school and elementary start and dismissal times are staggered to accommodate this transportation configuration.

Each bus has an on-board digital video surveillance system.  Large buses have five video surveillance cameras, and each special education van has four video surveillance cameras.  The video surveillance systems on all buses were updated during the fall of 2018 to provide an additional camera on each bus and higher camera resolution.  The new system allows video from the buses’ digital video recorder to be uploaded via a secure WIFI network at the bus depot.

General Information

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FAQ

How do I register for a bus?

How do I register for a bus?

When you enrolled your children, you automatically enrolled them on a bus. There is no need to fill out any additional paperwork. Approximately two weeks before school starts in August, you will receive a letter giving bus information from your school. Your child is eligible to ride the bus that goes to their school from the stop closest to your home.

If you have been allowed to enroll, because you have promised to move into the district within a set period of time, your child may not actually ride a bus until the move takes place.

How do I get my child taken to a sitter’s home?

How do I get my child taken to a sitter’s home?

Registering for transportation to a sitter’s home or other daycare provider is easy.

If you intend for your child to be dropped of at anyone’s home for a night or two, you can write a note to that effect.

Be sure to sign the note. Your child must also have a building principal sign the note. Driver’s cannot let any child, who is not assigned to them, board their bus without a valid note with both your signature and a principal’s signature.

If you need this service for more than one week, then you must fill out a Transportation Request Form, and have it approved, prior to your child boarding.

Click the link below to be taken to the Transportation Request Form. This form automatically expires at the end of each school year.

1. Fill out the form

2. Print it.

3. Sign it.

4. Turn it into your building’s secretary or to the Hadley House.

How do I get permission for my child to ride to the home of my ex-spouse?

How do I get permission for my child to ride to the home of my ex-spouse?

Click here to be taken to the Transportation Request Form. This form automatically expires at the end of each school year.

1. Fill out all the areas of the form that can be typed in. Type the phrase “Joint Custody” in the special instructions blank. For the sitter’s name, give the parent’s name and their relationship to the student. Example: June Smith-Mother.

2. Print it.

3. Sign it.

How do I pay for my child to ride a bus, since I was told they have to walk?

How do I pay for my child to ride a bus, since I was told they have to walk?

Each ride on the bus is 35 cents.

Click here to be taken to the Transportation Request Form. This form automatically expires at the end of each school year.

1. Fill out all the areas of the form that can be typed in.

2. Print it.

3. Sign it.

4. Return it to Hadley House

There are two different forms depending on the type of transportation you seek. If you have been informed that your child is a walker and wish to pay for him or her to ride the bus then use the Paid Transportation Request Form to arrange to ride the bus to and from your home. If you wish pay so that your child can ride to a sitter’s home then use the Daycare/Sitter Form instead.

How do I get permission for my child to ride to a friend’s house for one night?

How do I get permission for my child to ride to a friend’s house for one night?

If you intend for your child to be dropped of at anyone’s home for a night or two, you can write a note to that effect.

Be sure to sign the note. Your child must also have a building principal sign the note. Driver’s cannot let any child, who is not assigned to them, board their bus without a valid note with both your signature and a principal’s signature.

If you need this service for more than one week, then you must fill out a Transportation Request Form, and have it approved, prior to your child boarding.

How do I let you know that we are moving?

How do I let you know that we are moving?

Edwardsville is a fast changing area. People are constantly moving into the district, out of the district, and across the district. Below are some tips that will help in dealing with the subject of your move.

1. Notify each building of your move. (Example: You have one child in the high school and one child in Woodland. Notify both the high school and Woodland of your new address, phone number, and when you expect the move to actually take place.) Notifying First Student of a change of address does not preserve your rights. Your student’s home bus will not be changed until we receive notification of your address change directly from the building your child is attending.

2. Some building principal’s may allow you to have your child remain in their building to finish out the current term. However, your bus service will terminate on the last day of your actual residency. (Example One: Your family is moving out of the district on 10/14/05. The building principal has agreed that your son can stay until 12/31/05. The last day your child can ride the bus is 10/14/05. Example Two: You have a fifth grader in Woodland. On 10/14/05 you moved out of your home into a home that is located in an area where fifth grader’s go to Columbus. The Woodland principal has agreed that your daughter can stay until Christmas break. On 1/2/06 your child will start attending Columbus. Your daughter cannot ride a bus after 10/14/05. She may start riding the bus to Columbus on 1/2/06.

How do I sign up for Early Bird bus service?

How do I sign up for Early Bird bus service?

Early Bird buses generally arrive at Edwardsville High School around 6:20 am; classes start at 6:40 am. To sign up for Early Bird bus service you may contact First Student at (618) 656-0125 or the Hadley House at (618) 655-6019.

How does a Parochial student ride the bus?

How does a Parochial student ride the bus?

Parochial students that live within the Edwardsville School District may ride the school district’s buses. In the morning, Parochial students will ride the high school bus that is closest to their residence. Students will then take a shuttle bus from the Edwardsville High School to the appropriate Parochial school. In the afternoon, shuttle buses will pick up the Parochial students from their school and shuttle them to the appropriate Middle School, based on their residence. At the Middle Schools, parochial students will transfer from the shuttle bus to the Middle School bus that will drop them at the closest stop to their residence. For more information or to determine which bus to ride, please contact (618) 655-6019.