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HERE is the link to all forms/information regarding registration for the OPB service for the 2017-2018 school year.
New for 2017-2018: Due to a decrease in Ogden families in our neighborhood, there will be only one school bus contracted this year for our private bus service. That bus will be shared between the two campuses and also perform the after school route at 5pm. The OPB for this year is now filled and is not accepting new applicants. If you are interested in using this private service for the next school year, please send an e-mail to Odgenpaybus@gmail.com to get on our e-mail list and receive registration information and other important announcements.
THE HISTORY OF THE OGDEN PAY BUS & OUR MISSION STATEMENT
OGDEN PAY BUS IS A PRIVATE BUS SERVICE RUN BY NEW EASTSIDE OGDEN PARENT VOLUNTEERS.
WE ARE NOT PAID FOR THIS SERVICE. We do not profit from this endeavor, other than achieving the reassurances that our children are being transported to and from the Ogden International Campuses safely, affordably and on time, while helping as many other families as possible, too.
The New Eastside neighborhood is located within the Ogden School District, but our neighborhood does not fall within the CPS “Free Bus Zone,” and because the school and CPS administration were unable to arrange for a CPS bus many years ago (free or paid, it was outside their jurisdiction), a few Ogden parents realized that they’d have to arrange transportation to and from school on our own. Over a decade ago, the incredibly thoughtful and pragmatic Lynn Brahin (a former Ogden parent who we ALL have to thank for her forward-thinking approach to this difficult situation) and a small group of parents took the initiative to resolve this situation, researching the option of contacting a bus for that first year, to transport a hand-full of neighborhood students to and from school at a shared cost. One year turned into many, and this history reveals why there was such a desperate need to create the OPB (Ogden Pay Bus) in the first place.
Over time, and as our neighborhood grew into the thriving, beautiful place it is to live in today, so too did our Ogden student population boom. More parents started inquiring about our OPB bus, and if their children could ride it too. The OPB volunteers were happy because our cost per year went down, and neighborhood parents were happy because their children were getting to and from school safely and in such an efficient way. Through the years, our private bus service has evolved into a transportation option for many Ogden students within our neighborhood. We do not make money providing this service. We dedicate our time, services and willingness as volunteers with the purpose of continuing to help as many Ogden families in the New Eastside while providing the safest transportation possible for our own children.
While we still work closely with CPS administration and school officials regarding certain student/bus matters, Ogden Administrators and CPS are not associated with the Ogden Pay Bus. As has always been the case, it remains a private service run by volunteers who dedicate countless hours negotiating contacts, collecting applications, payments, documentation, updating this blog, arranging for bus passes and composing or completing correspondences between many families throughout the year. This is no easy feat, all in the name of comfortable, safe and economically feasible transportation for our children to be transported to and from the various Ogden School Campuses.
When OPB began this service many years ago, the intent was simple and straight forward – to contract with a reputable, reliable transportation company that will transport our children to and from public school in a safe, timely, and consistent manner. Over time, our ridership grew, yet it was never intended to be anything else. The OPB Service provides transportation ONLY. Students riding the bus must be responsible enough to board and exit the bus independently and WITHOUT SUPERVISION.
We have created this blog to keep the parent community abreast of any service announcements, meetings, registration deadlines and any other community news that will affect our OPB service. We are working on a purely voluntary basis as we try our best to make neighborhood student access to the Ogden Pay Bus as accessible as possible – but there may be limits that arise, with each new year posing unexpected circumstances.
OPB ridership is determined on a first-come, first-served basis and registration is announced around the final quarter of every school year. There may be yearly fluctuations in number of buses, price per student, or registration protocol due to the wax and wane of neighborhood ridership, as well as many other undetermined factors that play a part in price and demand. As a private service trying to accommodate as many students as is safe and logistically as well as financially feasible, we will do our best to supply a spot for as many Ogden students in our neighborhood as possible on the bus, but that might not always be possible.
If you are interested in your child riding the OPB in the future, we highly advise you submit your deposit and all required paperwork as soon as the first part of registration is announced in late spring.
We are working with CPS Vendor approved Bus companies and Ogden administrators to provide the most efficient, reliable, and safe transportation service for all of our children. To reiterate, Ogden Administrators and CPS are not associated with the Ogden Pay Bus, and future changes in campus student redistribution, routine, bell times or shifts in neighborhood ridership may bring about new issues and areas of concern in the future. We will address each situation with careful consideration. If you have questions regarding the OPB or are interested in receiving updates about future registration opportunities, please contact us by email: OgdenPayBus@gmail.com
GENERAL CONTACT INFORMATION
GET ON THE OPB E-MAIL ALERT LIST FOR FUTURE UPDATES ABOUT SERVICE AND REGISTRATION!
General Bus questions and interest about availability can be addressed at this E-mail: Odgenpaybus@gmail.com
OGDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF CHICAGO INFORMATION
The school Website is: www.ogdenschool.org
East Campus (Grades PK-5):
24 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
West Campus (Grades 6-12):
1250 West Erie Street
Chicago, Illinois 60642
BUS ROUTE MAP & DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL INFORMATION
Please visit THIS PAGE for maps and important information regarding our private bus service.
BUS TELEPHONE NUMBERS
In the event that the bus is running late and you or your child would like to call the company to see when the bus will arrive, here are the contact numbers (just tell the operator you are inquiring about the Ogden Pay Bus):
AI Bus Service
Each yellow school bus will have the company name on the side. There will also be a sign in the window by the front door saying, “Ogden New Eastside Pay Bus“.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR A SPOT ON THE SCHOOL BUS
Two of the most popular questions the OPB volunteers receive are “Does my child qualify to ride the OPB Bus and when is registration?”
The spots on the bus are filled on a first come, first serve basis, and the price varies from year to year, depending on various factors. Registration occurs on a specified date near the end of the calendar school year (usually in May or June), just before Summer break begins, to secure a spot for your child for the following school year. Spaces are limited for both the East (grades K-5) and West campus (grades 6-12) routes so if you are interested in registering your child for this convenient neighborhood transportation option, watch this blog for announcements regarding registration dates and location. You may also send an email to Odgenpaybus@gmail.com to request being placed on the E-mail Alerts list.
THE REGISTRATION FORMS FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR:
OPB Full Service Registration Form in PDF format: NEW 2017_18 OPB Application Form
OPB Full Service Registration Form in Doc format: NEW 2017_18 OPB Application Form
TO CONTACT OUR ALDERMAN ABOUT STUDENT SAFETY CONCERNS:
You may E-MAIL Brendan Reilly’s Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 9AM-5PM & Sat.: 10AM-2PM
325 W. Huron, Suite 510, Chicago IL, 60654
OPB BLOG DISCLAIMER
The material and information contained on this website is for general information purposes only. You should not rely upon the material or information on the website as a basis for making any business, legal or any other decisions. While we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, the OPB (Ogden Pay Bus) blog makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services or related links contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such material is therefore strictly at your own risk. Please remember that we are working on a purely voluntary basis as we try to make parent access to Ogden Pay Bus News easier for our community.