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Transportation Department


If you have a concern, we want to hear from you!

Take a moment to fill out this formExternal Link, or you can print this concern formPDF Document, fill it out, and return it to the Transportation Department.


TRANSPORTATION SCHEDULE

BCPS will serve every stop, every morning. When the bus is late due to weather, a mechanical problem, etc, our Transportation Department will still get there. Children should not leave a stop and begin walking.

In the Battle Creek Public Schools District, elementary students (kindergarten through fifth grade) may walk up to one mile to board a bus or walk to school when appropriate walkways and traffic controls are available. Middle and high school students may walk up to one and one-half miles to school or one mile to board a bus.

During the first three weeks of school, please plan to have your student at the stop 15 minutes before the scheduled time. Our Transportation Department will be working hard to provide the proper service. Please be patient in the early weeks while transportation addresses are being confirmed.

Transportation information is included in your school handbook, which is available at your student's school and will require student and parent signatures.

If you have any questions, please call our Transportation Department information line at 965-9435.
 

GUIDELINES FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION SERVICE

1. Students must be at the bus stop ten minutes before the published pick up time. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early during the first three weeks of school. Normal arrival time will be 10 minutes early after the third week.

2. Please do not ask drivers to change pick up or drop off times or locations. If you have questions or concerns, contact your child's school. This will assist in processing your request, school's safety and security measures.


3. Take time periodically to go over bus conduct rules for safe ridership.

4. When you see a school bus turn on overhead red flashing lights and the bus is stopped, remember that you must stop your vehicle. When the overhead amber lights or hazard lights are flashing, you may proceed very cautiously, if safe to do so.

5. Battle Creek Public Schools Board of Education policy states that kindergarten and elementary students may walk up to one mile to board a bus or walk to school. Middle school and high school students may walk up to one and one-half miles to school.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES AT THE BUS STOP

1. Be at the bus stop ten minutes before the designated pickup time.

2. Stay off the road (10 to 20 feet) at your assigned bus stop location while waiting for the bus. Please stand still and in a line as the bus approaches.

3. You may approach the bus only after the driver has opened the door.

4. Show respect for property and other people at the bus stop.

5. When required to cross, always cross in front of the bus, and only at the driver's signal.


STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE BUS

1. Follow a bus driver's instructions and respect driver.

2. Bus driver may assign seats.

3. Observe classroom behavior and rules. Stay seated, talk quietly.

4. Eating and drinking are prohibited.

5. Unsafe items are prohibited. All allowable items must be in a backpack or similar container and are to be held on the lap.

6. Report any problems to the bus driver, preferably when the bus is loading/unloading at the school so the driver is not distracted during the route.


RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS/GUARDIANS

1. Teach your child that the driver is the person in authority on the bus. Teach your child to follow all bus rules and the special instructions.

2. Make sure your child arrives at the bus stop ten minutes before the designated time.

3. Provide supervision of your child going to and from the bus stop and at the stop, as necessary.

4. Appear in person with your child if we request a conference.

5. Accept responsibility for the proper conduct of your child.

 

SCHOOL BUS LAW HIGHLIGHTS

Michigan Law 257.682 Stopping for school bus displaying flashing red lights; exception; violation as civil infraction meeting stopped school bus on divided highway; evidence; community service.

Sec. 682.

1.The driver of a vehicle overtaking or meeting a school bus which has stopped and is displaying two alternately flashing red lights located at the same level shall bring the vehicle to a full stop not less than 20 feet from the school bus and shall not proceed until the school bus resumes motion or the visual signals are no longer actuated. The driver of a vehicle who fails to stop for a school bus as required by this subsection, who passes a school bus in violation of this subsection, or who fails to stop for a school bus in violation of an ordinance that complies with this subsection, is responsible for a civil infraction.

2. The driver of a vehicle upon a highway which has been divided into two roadways by leaving an intervening space, or by a physical barrier, or clearly indicated dividing sections so constructed as to impede vehicular traffic, need not stop upon meeting a school bus which has stopped across the dividing space, barrier, or section.

3. In a proceeding for a violation of subsection 1., proof that the particular vehicle described in the citation was in violation of subsection 1., together with proof that the defendant named in the citation was, at the time of the violation, the registered owner of the vehicle, shall constitute in evidence a presumption that the registered owner of the vehicle was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the violation.

4. In addition to the civil fine and costs provided for a civil infraction under section 907, the judge, district court referee, or district court magistrate may order a person who violates this section to perform not to exceed 100 hours of community service at a school.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

My child is starting kindergarten. Will the bus pick my child up in front of
the 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.
 
Is there a law about how far my child has to walk to the bus stop?
No law specifies the maximum distance a student may walk to the bus stop.
Is there a specified distance that must exist between school bus stops?
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.
 
What about the safety of my child getting to and from the bus stop? There
are no sidewalks where we live and it is not very safe walking on the busy
road we live on.
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.