Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Families,
This past summer, our new transportation manager, Jane Mack, had every bus stop 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.
Brian Goby, Director of Physical Plant Services & Transportation
2018-19 Bus Information
Bus Information can be found by visiting the link: www.bloomfield.org/ParentPortal. Login, find the student you wish to view information for, and click the "Transportation Info" link on the left side. Due to new students enrolling throughout the year, pickup times are subject to change. Any bus changes throughout the year will be updated on the site.
STUDENTS NEED TO BE AT THEIR STOP AT LEAST 5 MINUTES PRIOR TO PICKUP TIME. Please have students outside at their stop (not waiting indoors). This will keep our buses running more efficiently and on schedule. Students should be dressed appropriately for the weather. Please note that our ridership fluctuates daily based on after school sports/clubs and therefore the times listed as drop off are only baseline. For afternoon drop offs, parents should expect a 15 minute window prior to and after assigned stop time. KG and 1st grade students will not be dropped off unless someone is there to meet them at their stop. In the case that there is not an adult around when the bus is at the stop to drop the student, your child will be taken back to the schools latchkey program.
Requesting Bus Stop Changes
Any requests for bus stop changes must be done by completing a Transportation Request Form. This form can be found online at www.bloomfield.org under Departments/Transportation. The form should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (248) 341-6298. Due to the heavy volume of requests we receive, it may take up to 2 weeks before we can get back with you. Each request will be evaluated and once a decision has been made we will contact you.
It seems the information regarding kindergarten bus stops is unclear for parents and guardians. Our bus stops for kindergarten students follow the same guidelines, laws, and Board of Education Policy as all other elementary school grades. For elementary students, the bus stop will be located no more than 600 ft. from the resident address in the student's record.
Thank you for your patience.
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 welcomes their new manager, JANE MACK taking over for Diane Holden who retired in March. Jane and her dispatcher, JILL WILBUR, 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.
We have 58 buses that are excellently maintained by our mechanics. We have received excellent police inspections for our fleet for the past twenty five 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!
Transportation Earns 25th Years Perfect State Inspection
The Bloomfield Hills Schools Transportation Department earned a PERFECT bus state inspection for the 25th year in a row! This is even more impressive considering that BHS owns their buses and the department has been short staffed. A special thanks to mechanics Rich Hella, Les Dietz, and Ken Weaver!
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 25 years of perfect bus inspections.
JANE MACK has replaced Diane Holden as Transportation Manager of Bloomfield Hills Schools says that her team's commitment to keeping the buses in perfect inspection condition for twenty five years running is impressive. Jane 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.
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What other factors are involved in establishing where the school bus stops?
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.
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.
Isn't the school district required to transport my child?
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.
My child is starting kindergarten. Will the bus pick my child up in front of my house?
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.
No law specifies the maximum distance a student may walk to the bus stop.
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.
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.
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)