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On a daily basis, Center Cass School District #66 transports as many as 1,030 students on 14 buses to 4 different schools. Although this number may seem large, it is but a mere pixel in the big picture that is pupil transportation in Illinois and beyond. In the state of Illinois, more than 1,100,000 students are transported by school bus each day where over the course of a year more than 138,000,000 miles are traveled on Illinois roadways. The job of driving a school bus bears a great amount of responsibility to carry our precious cargo through various road and weather conditions each school day of the year. We at District #66 have a wonderful group of dedicated school bus drivers that take great pride and care in transporting all of our students to their respective schools and various field trip destinations.
The week of October 17-21, 2016 is National School Bus Safety Week bringing the theme “Bully Free Zone!” During the week students will be reminded of all school bus rules including various safety tips regarding approaching the bus as well as proper entrance and exit procedures. In addition, all District #66 students will participate in a proper school bus evacuation instructional class and drill by the end of October. Capping off school bus safety week, we will be dedicating Friday October 21st as school bus driver appreciation day to honor our dedicated group of drivers. I invite all parents and guardians to help reinforce all school bus safety discussions during this week.
Students riding a bus should always:
- Arrive at the bus stop five minutes early
- Stand at least 5 giant steps away from the edge of the road
- Wait until the bus stops, the door opens and the driver acknowledges you before stepping onto the bus.
- Be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps do not get caught in the handrail or door when exiting the bus.
- Check both ways for cars before stepping off the bus.
- When crossing, always walk in front of the bus, never behind the bus.
- When crossing, be sure the driver can see you and you can see them.
- Stay in your seat and sit quietly so that the driver is not distracted.
- Never attempt to pick anything up that falls under or near the bus.
Things parents should know about School Bus Safety:
- School buses are the safest form of highway transportation
- The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is getting on and off the bus.
- The loading and unloading area is called “The Danger Zone.”
- The “Danger Zone” is the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of not being seen by the driver. A good rule of thumb is to stay 10 feet away from the bus on all sides whenever possible.
The staff at District #66 reminds you to use extra caution when driving in all school zones by observing the posted speed limit, paying extra attention to bus and student traffic and abstaining from using cell phones. Please also remember to help keep our children safe by using caution around all school buses and never attempt to outrun a school bus stop arm. Thank you for working together to keep the safety of our children the #1 priority, have a happy School Bus Safety Week!
Tom Tiede-Director of Transportation/Buildings & Grounds
This year we are handling insurance a little different. We would like to welcome you to a new parent insurance portal. This portal gives you the opportunity to purchase the optional insurance for our devices. There are two plans depending on the type of device that your child will be using. One plan covers the Chromebooks and the other plan covers the iPads. Within each plan you will have two options. The first option is our basic plan, and it will cover accidental damage to the device. The second option is our Ultimate plan which covers accidental damage, loss, theft, perils, burglary, and robbery. Please see the attached flyer for more information on ourinsurance options. You can click here to access the new insurance portal. Please know that any claims or repairs will still be handled by the district. You do not need to file a claim, you just need to have your child turn their device into the school and we will handle the rest.
District 66 is thankful for the continued support our students receive from the TEAM 66 Education Foundation. This year, TEAM 66 is supporting student achievement in District 66 through four classroom grants totaling $10,379. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of TEAM 66, they are able to award over $800 more than in 2015-16.
The 2016-17 Classroom Grant Awards include:
- $1,500 to Becky Hull, 1st grade teacher, for “Making STEAM with the First Grade Team”. This grant is for the purpose of purchasing STEAM kits for each 1st grade classroom.
- $4,300 to Melissa Mandru, 3rd grade teacher, for the purpose of purchasing a subscription to Lexia Software for all 3rd grade classrooms.
- $3,279 to Janet Oliver, 2nd grade teacher, for the purchase of 14 alternative seating options for each 2nd grade classroom.
- $1,300 to Tracy Spakausky for the purpose of funding a field trip to Robert Crown for all 5th Graders.