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Transportation

The mission of the Bloomfield Hills Schools Transportation Department is to transport the children of this District safely, in mechanically sound vehicles, to and from school and school activities, with compassion, caring, and courtesy in a safe environment.

The Transportation Department consists of 54 caring bus drivers, a dispatcher, a secretary and a manager. We have 58 buses that are excellently maintained by our mechanics. We have received excellent police inspections for our fleet for the past twenty years. We are very proud of this accomplishment.

We strive for everyone who rides the bus to feel safe and secure and enjoy their bus ride.

Have a safe and happy school year!

Bus routes for the 2015-16 school year
will be available
in late August.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q

What other factors are involved in establishing where the school bus stops?

A
There are many factors which should be taken into consideration when school administrators establish the placement of school bus stops. The basic legal factors are spelled out in MCL 257.1855, but the primary concern is visibility of the bus to other traffic and the consideration of stopping distances necessary for other motor vehicles in order to accomplish safe loading and unloading of the children. In general, state law requires 400 feet of clear and continuous visibility on a highway or roadway where the speed limit is more than 35 miles per hour, and 200 feet where the speed limit is less than 35 miles per hour. There is no state law which specifies a maximum distance between stops.

Q
What about the safety of my child getting to and from the bus stop? There are no sidewalks where we live and it's not very safe walking on the busy road we live on.

A
It is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian to see that a child gets safely to and from the bus stop. The school district provides transportation as a non-mandated service and establishes placement of the bus stops in accordance with the requirements of the law.


Q
Isn't the school district required to transport my child?

A
School districts are NOT required by law to transport regular education children. Michigan Compiled Law (MCL) 380.1321 outlines the obligations of the school district IF its board of education elects to provide transportation. Under Article 3 of the Revised School Code, the school district is obligated to provide for the transportation of a special education student if the Individualized Educational Planning Committee (IEPC) has determined that the transportation is a specialized service which is included within and necessary to carry out the student's IEP.

Q
My child is starting kindergarten. Will the bus pick my child up in front of my house?

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There are no special laws or regulations for transporting regular education students enrolled in kindergarten. If your district provides transportation, it will be provided in accordance with the requirements of MCL 380.1321, Section 55 of the Pupil Transportation Act, and local district policy with regard to the placement of the bus stop.

Q
Is there a law about how far my child has to walk to the bus stop?

A
No law specifies the maximum distance a student may walk to the bus stop.

Q
Is there a specified distance that must exist between school bus stops?

A
The lights on a school bus which are used to notify other traffic of an upcoming stop must, by law, be activated 200 feet from the stop. Thus, bus stops must be at least 200 feet apart.

Q
Is there a law stating that an adult riding on a school bus for monitoring purposes be seated at a specific location on the bus?

A
There are no laws pertaining to this issue. In most cases when adults are assigned to monitor students that are being transported on a bus, they are near the student or students who possess the greatest amount of supervisory need.

Q
My child spends over two hours a day just riding the bus to and from school. Is there a maximum riding time in the law?

A
There is no maximum riding time in the law for children in kindergarten through grade twelve. Child care licensing regulations establish a maximum riding time of 60 continuous minutes for the transportation of preschool children.

(Source: Michigan Department of Education)

They're Headed Back to School!

As students from all over the state get ready for their first day of school, the Bloomfield Hills Schools bus fleet rolled out on test runs, ensuring the first day goes as smoothly as possible. "I believe we have the best bus drivers and mechanics in the state," says Superintendent, Rob Glass. Bloomfield backs that statement with 20 years of perfect bus inspections.

Diane Holden, Transportation Manager of Bloomfield Hills Schools, says that her team's commitment to keeping the buses in perfect inspection condition for twenty years running is impressive. Diane is responsible for ensuring each bus is put through a complete inspection over the summer, so school is able to begin with the least amount of technical problems. Diane and her staff also review each bus route and make changes to optimize efficiency and create the shortest ride possible for each student. It's a task that takes nearly the entire summer to complete.

Kathy Cox was the first bus driver to select her route. Kathy has been a valued employee of Bloomfield Hills Schools since 1988 and has driven this particular route for seven years. After Kathy selected her run, her bus was put through a mirror check and the mechanical team did a final spot check of the bus. During the mechanical check, Kathy noticed a her warning lights were not working properly and a mechanic quickly performed the repair before Kathy headed out on her test run.

As Kathy performed her test run, she highlighted the importance of the warning lights. "We try to make the stops on the right hand side, so the children don't have to run across the street to get to the bus door," she said. "There are certainly spots along my route where cars consistently don't stop for my yellow lights or even my red lights. It's a real concern I have every day and sometimes we will ask the police to help out. I tell all of the students to cross in front of the bus because I control that intersection and they'll be safer that way." She worries about the start of school in particular because the students are eager to get to school and motorists aren't accustomed to seeing and stopping for buses. "They get used to not having us on the road over the summer. So, when school starts back up again, we do our best to make sure cars see us in plenty of time to come to a full stop and ensure the students' safety," Kathy said.

Kathy also talks about discipline on the bus and how her strategy is to get to know the children in her care. With her proactive approach, she says she has very few discipline issues and compliments the Bloomfield Hills Schools parents for being so involved and having such high expectations for their child's behavior on the bus.

Diane says that parents often like to meet the bus driver and take pictures of their student with their bus driver on the first day of school. "I'm the first and last person a child sees in their school day. I know I can be the difference between a child heading home in tears or with a smile. If I get to know each one of them, talk to them, and take an interest in their lives, I can hopefully improve their overall school experience," said Kathy. Superintendent Glass says that a bus driver is a key person in a child's life and can set the tone for the day and the school year.

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