SCHEDULING UPDATES FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 18-22Late Start Wednesday - Wednesday, December 20, will be our monthly delayed start for planned teacher professional development. All school buildings will begin classes two hours later than their regularly scheduled times and all buses will begin their routes two hours later than regularly scheduled. This does not affect any Little Warriors programs, nor does it affect Career Center students.
Half Days of School - Thursday, December 21, and this Friday, December 22, will be half days of school as we end the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year. Grass Lake Middle School will release students at 11:30 AM, Grass Lake High School will release students at 11:35 AM, and George Long Elementary School will release students at 11:40 AM.
Transportation Department Announcements
School Bus Safety Reminders
In an effort to continually update and remind our community members and students of the importance of bus safety, we provide the following comprehensive information as a review. We appreciate the cooperation that our parents display every day as our buses move in and around our school district; particularly in congested areas. Thank you!
Grass Lake Community Schools Driveway Restrictions
In the interest of safety for our students, the following school driveways are restricted to use by authorized school district vehicles only during the morning hours of 7:15-7:45, and the afternoon hours of 3:00-3:30.
Restricted Area #1 - The entire east side of the elementary west parking lot closest to the sidewalk. This is the area designated as having one-way traffic flow that leads out to Union Street.
Restricted Area #2 - The entire road extending from the south end of the small elementary west parking lot all the way back to the High School. (i.e. the bus loop by the baseball fields)
Thank you for your cooperation.
Treat School Buses Like Traffic Lights
With the beginning of the school year we would like to remind drivers in our community to be ever vigilant as they share the roads with our stopping school buses. Below is a description of the lighting signals that are used as we make safe bus stops for our students, but the best policy for drivers is to treat a school bus like a traffic light. When you see one, anticipate that the amber lights will signal an impending stop.
The Benefits of School Bus Ridership - Resources for Parents
The following resources are available to parents to help them learn about the benefits of school bus ridership, keep children safe in and around the school bus, and support the school bus in their community. http://schoolbusfacts.com/
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.
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.