Transportation Department Announcements
Speed Limits Increased on Michigan's Roadways
As many of you have probably been made aware of, the Michigan Department of Transportation in coordination with the Michigan State Police have raised speed limits on several of our State's roadways. Go to http://bit.ly/2sK1bKY to see where the changes will be and what the new speed limits will be.
A notice for families planning to use Grass Lake Schools bussing this fall to begin the 2017-2018 school year.
With school starting on Wednesday, August 23, and Back to School Night scheduled for Tuesday, August 22, any student bus scheduling updates or changes given to us after 3:00 PM on Thursday, August 17, at 5:00 PM, will not be assured of being in place for the first day of school. All requests after August 17 will be handled on a first come-first serve basis and will be handled as quickly as possible. Please get your requests in as early as possible. Call the transportation office at 517-867-5544, or e-mail to email@example.com.
If your planned bus stop is at your home and you live in the Grass Lake School District boundaries, your child(ren) will automatically be placed on a bus and you will be receiving an information packet on approximately August 12. If you are schools of choice and your children are already scheduled to be on a bus, we will plan for them to continue, unless notified otherwise.
Bus Safety Statistics from the NHTSA
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association has posted a document describing the safety advantages of school bus pupil transportation vs. individual transportation, along with statistics indicating the economic and ecologic advantages. Go to http://bit.ly/2rtnOl5 to view the statistics.
Winter Road Maintenance Vehicles Receiving New Lighting
The Michigan Department of Transportation has submitted a news release to all drivers regarding a change to the color of lighting on winter road maintenance vehicles that will make them more visible in poor weather conditions. Click here to read the release.
THE FOLLOWING ARE VIOLATIONS OF BUS RULES
· Eating, drinking or chewing while on the bus
· Loud talking, singing, or screaming
· Not sitting properly.
NOTE: Students are to remain seated “bottom to the bottom and back to the back” and out of the aisle at all times until the bus has come to a complete stop at each student’s specified destination, unless directed to move by the driver.
· Profanity or abusive language
· Any body parts out the window
· Throwing objects inside or out of the bus
· Disrespectful speech or actions toward another student or the driver
· Not following directions of the driver
· Videotaping other students on purpose, or inadvertently
· Damage or destruction of school property
· Use or possession of any incendiary device, such as a lighter or matches
· Use or possession of any type of weapon
· Use or possession of any illegal substance
Go to http://bit.ly/2gptSG2 to view the entire Transportation Handbook.
MLive Features Marilyn Loveland
Thanks to MLive for featuring Marilyn Loveland and her completion of 50 continuous years of bus driving for Grass Lake Community Schools. Marilyn set the gold standard for all other drivers who have followed her and we wish her the very best. http://bit.ly/2cBH3Pg
Information on Automobiles Passing Stopped Buses
The Department of Transportation says that 23 million children ride a school bus every day. And according to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Information Services, vehicles pass stopped school buses more than 70,000 times a day. This happens everywhere, including Grass Lake. Grass Lake bus drivers are ever vigilant of possible passers at our bus stops, but please encourage your family and friends to pay special attention when they are on the roads with school buses. http://on.today.com/1JZbytc
Transportation Policy Regarding Students Riding Buses Other Than Their Regularly Assigned Buses
Because many of our buses are over-booked, riding buses other than those assigned to a student is strictly limited to emergency situations where a caregiver will not be at the assigned bus stop when the child arrives.
All requests of this nature must come through the Transportation Office via a phone call or an e-mail at 517-867-5544 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Notes from home to the school office, our teachers, or our bus drivers carry no bearing and will not be honored without a contact through the Transportation Office.
Limitations of Use for the Road Between the Elementary and High School
For the safety of our walking students and to ensure that our buses stay on schedule, the road between George Long Elementary School and Grass Lake High School is reserved for use by school personnel and school buses during the following times:
Mornings: 7:15 AM-7:40 AM (Late Start Wednesdays - 2 hours later)
Afternoons: 3:00 PM-3:20 PM
New Students Who Are Schools of Choice Have Transportation Option
Grass Lake Community Schools is committed to providing transportation to and from school for our Schools of Choice students. We have established a number of group stops that are relatively close to other school district lines. Click here to access a form with which to indicate to our Transportation Department that you would like to have transportation arranged for your children. We will contact you to set things up. PLEASE NOTE: We will confirm receipt of your request. If you receive another form in the future and we have already received a completed form, please disregard the second form.
Winter Bus Stop Suggestions
On Wednesday, January 13, an article ran in the Jackson Citizen Patriot discussing winter bus safety ideas. (Click here to see the article.) The article stated that our drivers "must" see that someone is home when dropping off Kindergarten through 5th grade students. We need to clarify that our drivers do their best to make sure that all children get to where they need to be and there is someone available. But there are many situations when it is extremely difficult to make that claim, such as subdivisions, houses that are a long way from the road, or apartment stops. For you child's safety at any age, we recommend the following:
1. Dress your child for the weather.
2. Make sure they have an alternative place to go in the event that a caregiver is not available at the normal stop.
3. Call the transportation office at 517-867-5544 and your child's school office in the event that a child's normal riding schedule is being altered. (If an emergency change is needed after 2:00 PM for that day's run, call your child's school office. They will contact the necessary people.)
As always, please call the Transportation Department office at 517-867-5544 for any questions. Thank you.
This information illustrates the safety and economy that school bussing offers to the public.