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(105 ILCS 5/29-4)
(from Ch. 122, par. 29-4)
Pupils attending a charter school or nonpublic school.
board of any school district that provides any school bus or conveyance
for transporting pupils to and from the public schools shall afford
transportation, without cost, for children who attend a charter school or
any school other
than a public school, who reside at least 1 1/2 miles from the school
attended, and who reside on or along the highway constituting the
regular route of such public school bus or conveyance, such
transportation to extend from some point on the regular route nearest or
most easily accessible to their homes to and from the school attended,
or to or from a point on such regular route which is nearest or most
easily accessible to the school attended by such children. Nothing
herein shall be construed to prevent high school districts from
transporting public or non-public elementary school pupils on a regular
route where deemed appropriate. The elementary district in which such
pupils reside shall enter into a contractual agreement with the high
school district providing the service, make payments accordingly, and
make claims to the State in the amount of such contractual payments.
The person in charge of any charter school or school other than a public
certify on a form to be provided by the State Superintendent of Education,
the names and addresses of pupils transported and when such
pupils were in attendance at the school. If any such children reside
within 1 1/2 miles from the school attended, the school board shall
afford such transportation to such children on the same basis as it
provides transportation for its own pupils residing within that distance
from the school attended.
Nothing herein shall be construed to preclude a school district from
operating separate regular bus routes, subject to the limitations of
this Section, for the benefit of children who attend a charter school or
any school other
than a public school where the operation of such routes is safer, more
economical and more efficient than if such school district were
precluded from operating separate regular bus routes.
If a school district is required by this Section to afford
transportation without cost for any child who is not a resident of the
district, the school district providing such transportation is entitled
to reimbursement from the school district in which the child resides for
the cost of furnishing that transportation, including a reasonable
allowance for depreciation on each vehicle so used. The school district
where the child resides shall reimburse the district providing the
transportation for such costs, by the 10th of each month or on such less
frequent schedule as may be agreed to by the 2 school districts.
(Source: P.A. 91-407, eff. 8-3-99.)