First Student busing app

  • Many CCSD 89 families will be able to track their student’s trips to and from school through the free FirstView busing app. FirstView app image

    The FirstView app will give families real-time information about their student’s bus travel. The app can show an estimated number of minutes until the bus will arrive at your child’s bus stop, and show when buses arrive at school. Families can also set the app to send out customized alerts when the bus is a certain distance or number of minutes away from their child’s bus stop.

    The app only works for students riding First Student buses. It is not available for special education (Hopewell) transportation, early or late buses, or student field trips.

    Families that previously used FirstView app

    All previous data in the app re-set on Friday, October 21, 2022. Any CCSD 89 parents who have previously used the FirstView app will need to re-enter their student’s school district (“CCSD89”), state, and ID number to view their child’s bus routes.

    Downloading the FirstView app

    PowerSchool student ID image

    Families can download the FirstView app from the App Store or Google Play. There is no cost.

    After downloading the FirstView app, families will need to create an account and log in. Families should select “Illinois”, then “CCSD89”. Finally, add your student’s ID number to link the app to your child’s bus stop and route. Families can then set reminder notifications.

    Because the app only allows families to see busing information for their student(s), families will use the student’s ID number to link to their student. 

    Student ID card with arrow

    Families can find their student’s ID number by logging in to PowerSchool. The eight-digit ID number is listed directly below their student’s name. (The ID number is the same as the eight digits that are the start of your student’s CCSD 89 email address.)

    Middle school students can also get their student ID number from their ID card.

    The red arrows in the images on the right point to the student ID number.

    Families are still encouraged to arrive at the stop at least 10 minutes before scheduled arrival.

    This app is only available on regular-education busing. It is not available for Hopewell special-education transportation.

    More information

    A PDF showing the steps for linking your student’s account can be found here: Registering with student ID

    You can learn about features of the app here: FirstView features

    There is more information about the FirstView app at

    If you need technical support on the app, please contact FirstView at (888) 889-8920 or