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Transportation & Bus Routes

Locating Your Child's Bus Route

Bus route information is available through Parent Portal after Tuesday, August 27, 2019. Under your student's name, select the "Transportation Info" link on the left side.  If you do not remember your login credentials, please select the Need Your Login Information? option underneath where you would enter your PIN and Password. This will prompt you to supply your email address; your PIN and Password will be emailed to you.

We recommend checking your child's bus information again the night prior to the start of school due to new student registrations that may require the adjustment of routes and times for all riders.

Please note that due to new students enrolling throughout the year, pickup times are subject to change. Any bus changes throughout the year will be updated online.

Students should be waiting outside at their stop (not indoors) at least 5 minutes prior to pickup time. Ridership fluctuates daily based on after school sports/clubs and therefore the times listed as drop off are a baseline. For afternoon drop offs, families should note a 15-minute window prior to, and after, assigned stop time. Kindergarten and 1st grade students will be dropped off only if an older sibling on the bus or a guardian/authorized adult is at the stop to meet the child. If this is not the case, your child will be taken back to the schools latchkey program.

Bus Stop Changes

Bus stop change requests can be submitted through  the Request for Relocation of Bus Stop form. Please email this form to JMack@bloomfield.org or fax to 248.341.6298 and we will get back to you soon!

Email, Texts, and Calls - Notices from BHS

Families are automatically signed up to receive messages from Bloomfield Hills Schools, their child's school building, teacher(s), and other staff, assuming correct contact information was entered by the parent/guardian during Back to School Online Registration.

If you did not enter your contact information or if that information has changed since that time, you can always modify this information by visiting www.bloomfield.org/notifications and following the instructions under Maintaining Your Contact Information. During the Back to School Online Registration window, a red link will appear near the top right corner of your screen for registration. You may modify your information by clicking that link and navigating through the process, step by step. If the registration window has completed, a "My Information" link will appear in the same spot. You can use this link to access and modify your contact information.

Once you are sure your contact information is accurate, you can navigate to our upgraded My Bloomfield notification system (My Bloomfield Q Communication) to manage your contact preferences by selecting "Communicate with my child's school" under each student's profile.

All notices, including school closures, observe "quiet hours" between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.  This means that regardless of the preferences you set in My Bloomfield Q Communication, you will not receive notices between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. from anyone. 

School/Teacher Notices

Assuming correct contact information was provided during registration and has been maintained since, your child's school already has everything they need to send regular email notices, call you in an emergency, and send automated notifications (such as low lunch balance notices or attendance calls).  Each school issues a weekly email newsletter, highlighting student and staff accomplishments, issuing reminders for upcoming events, and sharing other important information you need to know. In addition, schools will send email notices when there is an important matter to discuss outside of the email newsletter. If you are new to our district, you will come to recognize these emails and we would encourage you to take time to read each of them for important news and information.

Your child's teacher(s) will also use your contact information to connect with you on a regular basis.  Each teacher communicates in a slightly different format and with a slightly different frequency, depending on the unique needs of their classroom/subject matter.  Most teachers will review with you what you can expect during the year.

School Closing Notices & "Emergency" Notices (what's the difference?)

In the rare event we are able to call a school closure the day prior, the notice will be sent prior to 11:00 p.m.  Most often, a school closure is not called until after the roads are fully assessed and the appropriate experts have been consulted.  This extensive process usually concludes around 4:30 a.m., which enables us to place the notification call to district families around 5:00 a.m.  In some instances, a decision is made slightly later and the notification placed slightly later.

In your contact preferences in My Bloomfield Q Communication, you will see that you do not have the option to opt-out of Emergency notices.  An Emergency notification will only be issued in the event of a mass natural disaster or significant safety/security risk/incident.  Emergency notifications do not observe "quiet hours" and can be sent 24/7.  We will reserve this communication for only the most severe notices and hope never to use this feature of our notification system.

Seeking help with communication...

If you are not receiving communication, please send an email to Communications@bloomfield.org and someone will reach out to you as soon as possible, typically within two business days.

Who is my child's teacher?

Depending on your child's grade level, teacher/classroom assignments are distributed at different times.  Middle School and High School schedules are available for pickup at the individual school registration events, assuming the family has completed the Online Back to School Registration process.  Schedules will not be released to families unless Step One of the process is fully complete.

Elementary School teacher notifications are provided late in the day on the Friday before school begins.  This is due to the high fluctuation in enrollment numbers, which often continues even into the Labor Day weekend.  Assuming Online Back to School Registration is complete, you can find your child's teacher by visiting www.bloomfield.org/parentportal and navigating to the child.  Scroll to the "Schedule" section to view the teacher.  If you have not yet completed Online Back to School Registration, you will be unable to view this information until that is complete.

Online Back to School Registration

Online Registration

Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Families:

The Online Back to School Registration process is open for the 2019-2020 school year. If your child plans to attend school (Kindergarten - 12th grade) in Bloomfield Hills Schools for the 2019-2020 school year, you are required to register annually. 

Our online system is quick and convenient, allowing you to complete the majority of the process from your own home on a desktop or laptop computer.

If you are new to our district or do not remember your login credentials, please select the Need Your Login Information? option underneath where you would enter your PIN and Password. This will prompt you to supply your email address and your PIN and Password will be emailed to you.

If you need assistance with other Online Registration questions, please email StudentServices@bloomfield.org. A member of our team will get back to you within 2 business days.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Important Dates

Lunch

Food services, operated by Aramark, rotates a regular menu of healthy and delicious meal options for students and staff.  Vegetarian, vegan, and other options that meet most dietary restrictions/needs are available daily.  For more information, please visit www.bloomfield.org/lunch.

To add funds to your child's lunch account, please follow one of the recommendations below.  

  • Credit Card: Lunch payments can be made through CommunityPass.
     
  • Check: Lunch payments can be sent to school with student's full name in memo area. Make checks payable to: Bloomfield Hills Schools
     
  • Cash: Lunch payments will be accepted in an envelope with the student's full name printed on the outside of the envelope. Please do not send large amounts of cash. Cash is accepted at the registers in the middle and high schools.

Welcome Back / Registration Events

Welcome Back to School Events

Eastover Elementary School

  • Aug. 21 - Welcome back picnic 11:30 AM to 1 PM (all grades)
  • Aug. 28 - Kindergarten Family meet and greet on the lower playground at 4:30 PM

Conant Elementary School

  • Kindergarten picnic on Aug. 29 from 12 PM to 1 PM on the playground

Lone Pine Elementary School

  • Kindergarten Play Date on Aug. 29 from 10:30 AM to 12 PM
  • New Parent Orientation on Aug. 28 at 7 PM in the media center

Way Elementary  School

  • Kindergarten picnic on Aug. 29 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM on the playground.

West Hills Middle School

  • Aug. 19 from 8 AM to 3 PM. Students and families have an opportunity to tour the school, practice locker combinations, and meet the office staff, counselors, and administration.

East Hills Middle School

  • Aug. 22 from 8 AM to 3 PM. Students and families have an opportunity to tour the school, practice locker combinations, and meet the office staff, counselors, and administration.

Bloomfield Hills Middle  School

  • Incoming 5th grade student orientation on Aug. 23

Bloomfield Hills High School

  • The week of August 19, students will be invited by grade to pick up their schedule, ask questions, and have the option to take a guided tour.
  • Popsicles with Principal Hollerith on Aug. 22 during 9th grade schedule pick up
     

Classroom Websites

Depending on your child's grade level, you may connect with your child's teacher in a variety of ways. The following are the standard tools teachers use to maintain classroom websites:

  • Google Classroom: Especially in the upper grade levels, many teachers organize their classroom and the classroom work on Google Classroom.  Google Classroom is mainly used to facilitate teacher to student communications.  Your child's teacher will connect with you if they expect any participation on your part in Google Classroom.
     
  • My Bloomfield Class Pages: Many teachers have elected to host a class page on My Bloomfield. Beginning September 3, to see these class pages, login to www.bloomfield.org/MyBloomfield with the same login you used for Online Back to School Registration. Navigate to the top left corner and select "Groups Dashboard" from the menu.  From here, you'll have access to all of the class pages supported by your child's teacher(s).  MyBloomfield will not be accessible to families before August 30.

Pay to Participate FAQ

Families must pay the Pay-to-Participate fee before participating in any sport, which includes try-outs. This fee can only be paid at www.bloomfield.org/payments or through the Athletics and Recreation Department located at the Booth Center (7273 Wing Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI).

Pay-to-Participate Form

Bell Schedules & Door Lock Times

When does school start for the day?

Our four elementary schools (Conant, Eastover, Lone Pine, and Way) begin class at 9:05 a.m.  Students should plan to arrive between 8:50 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., when there is adult supervision for arriving students and they have time to get settled for the start of class.

The three middle schools (BHMS, EHMS, and WHMS) begin class at 8:15 a.m.  Again, students should plan to arrive approximately ten minutes early to prepare for class.

Bloomfield Hills High School begins at 7:25 a.m.  The parking lots, carpool lane, and bus loop can become congested a few minutes before school so please plan accordingly.

For more information about your school's bell schedule, including standard dismissal times, half day dismissal times, and before/after care times, please visit your school's page on our website by navigating to the top of this page, selecting "Schools" from the menu, and selecting your child's school building from the options that appear.

When do the doors lock for the school day?

At all levels, the doors lock with the start of the school day - sometimes up to five minutes beyond that if necessary, due to extenuating circumstances. The doors unlock no more than five minutes before the end of the school day.  

"Snow Day" Decisions

To minimize disruption to the educational process, the goal is always to keep school in session unless road conditions, severe cold or other weather conditions pose a significant risk to student safety.

There is no defined depth of snow accumulation that indicates closure (because of the overall effect of wind, ice, temperature, humidity and other factors).  Likewise, there is no exact temperature that indicates closure. Typically, when wind chills head into the -22 and below range, we consider school cancellation because frostbite can set in within approximately 30 minutes. If the road conditions are not favorable, bus delays may push bus stop wait times into the 30 minute range, posing a risk to our students.

In these types of weather-related school closure situations, a designated member of the administration will often drive district roads between 3:00 and 4:30 a.m. and report findings and recommendations that help inform our decision. We also consult with weather authorities and other area superintendents, but ultimately we have to make a decision based on what we feel is in the best interest of Bloomfield Hills students.

Whenever possible, we try to provide advance notice of school closures so that families can make alternate plans. Yet, this has to be balanced with waiting as long as possible to make sure the weather stays true to the forecast. No forecast is perfect and sometimes the temperatures and snowfall amounts vary, which supports waiting until 4:30 am to make the decision (despite the difficulty we know this poses to families who have less time to make alternate arrangements). There is no way to be perfect with this. We can only make the best possible decision in real time with the best available information.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Michigan winters are never predictable or easy to navigate, but we will do our very best to keep both learning and safety as our top priorities!

Reporting an absence

Each school operates an attendance line and we would encourage you to call that line as soon as you know your child will be absent.  The telephone numbers for each school's attendance line are posted on the main landing page of their website.  To find those numbers, navigate to the top of this screen, select "Schools" from the main menu, select your child's school, and scroll through the page until you see the "contact" section on the right side.

Welcome Back to School Events

 

Information for the 2019 2020 school year

 

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