Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Families,
In the summer of 2018 every bus stop was rigorously evaluated to ensure it met the requirements of a legal bus stop, thus ensuring every bus stop met our safety standards. Due to this recent evaluation, many stops have been changed in order to comply with the MI Pupil Transportation Act 187, which has many restrictions regarding visual distances and impairments.
In transportation, our number one priority is student and driver safety. We recognize the inconvenience these changes may pose you and your child, but the stops are configured first for safety and second for all other factors (including convenience). We have received many bus stop change requests and, while we'd like to help provide the ideal stop for every family, the stop must be assigned based on a number of guidelines. These include:
- Optimal safety, as defined by MI Pupil Transportation Act 187 and district standards
- High School students 1/2 mile (2600 ft) maximum distance to stop (Main street stops only, School Board policy established 2016)
- Middle School students 1/4 mile (1300 ft) maximum distance to stop
- Elementary students 600 ft maximum distance to stop
Due to the above guidelines, we are not able to configure every bus stop to enable an adult to keep visual supervision of a child while they wait for the bus. We also recognize that, in most cases, the route between your home and the bus stop may not have safety paths due to our municipality configurations.
If transportation services are utilized, getting a child to school safely is a partnership between the family and our transportation team. We greatly appreciate your partnership in getting your child to school safely.
Director of Physical Plant Services & Transportation