2012-2013 School Bus Runs – many
factors, including late registrations, may cause changes
to what you see here today. If a change results in more
than five (5) minutes +/-, you will be notified in
writing – your student will be given a Route Time Change
form from their driver. If your child hasn’t ridden in
some time, it is best to contact the Transportation
Department (248-573-8900) to get the current bus stop
times before your student begins riding their bus again.
If you know your student will NOT be using bus
transportation this school year, please contact the
Transportation Department. If your child will not be
riding for an extended period of time, please advise
Transportation – you can call at any time to get your
student back on their route.
22727 Griswold Road ●
South Lyon, MI 48178 ●
As a department, our goal is to provide safe,
efficient, on-time transportation, while protecting the
financial resources needed for our classrooms. Families
may notice that bus routes have more students riding
them. We are continuing to improve on optimization of
bus capacities, building on the successes of prior years.
We strive for approximately 48 secondary students and up
to 77 elementary students riding each bus.
One week prior to the start of the
2012-2013 school year, August 28, 2012, school bus stop
assignments will be mailed to parents. Assignments will
also be available on this page after August 29th and posted at each
school building. Parents and guardians are also reminded
that late registrations, as well as many other factors,
cause changes to bus routes as the school year begins.
Requests for bus stop changes will be handled in
priority order and must be submitted in writing. Illegal
or dangerous stops, overloaded buses, emergency day
care, and adding new students to stops will be given the
Daycare Bus Change and Bus Stop Change
Requests must be submitted in writing on the standard
District forms, which are available at the links on the
left and will be addressed as quickly as time permits.
Please understand that requests submitted for
convenience will not be approved.
All bus stop changes will continue to
comply with current District policy as follows:
"Secondary (6-12) students who live one and one-half (1
1/2) miles or more from the school which they attend
shall be eligible to be transported to school.
Elementary (K-5) students who live one (1) mile or more
from school shall be eligible to be transported. Under
normal conditions, elementary students shall be expected
to walk up to one-half (1/2) mile and secondary students
up to one (1) mile to a bus stop. Walking distance is
the linear measure of the shortest prescribed or
authorized pedestrian route from a point at the curb or
edge of a public road nearest the student’s home to the
bus stop or to the entrance of the school property
closest to the student’s home."
Any questions related to the above
information should be addressed to the Manager of
Transportation Services, Chena Burton, at 248-573-8900.
all 5th grade parents who reside on a dirt road.
Attention all parents
who currently have
students being transported by school bus either from or
to a daycare location this school year.
The Transportation Department normally
tries to establish bus stops at the driveway of
elementary school students who reside on dirt roads.
This is not always possible due to road conditions or
legal requirements, and this has been the practice even
though Board Policy allows a walk distance of ½ mile.
When a student graduates to 6th grade, he/she falls
under the secondary school policy of a one mile walk
distance to the bus stop. For the school year 2012-2013 parents of 6th grade students should expect that some
stops will be moved away from their home and to a
consolidated secondary school stop nearby.
transportation requests submitted prior to the start of
the 2012 - 2013 school year will be processed as quickly
as possible; however, all parents should arrange for
alternate transportation for the first two weeks of
school. Daycare busing may not be approved prior to
September 21, 2012. In addition, daycare
transportation requests submitted after the start of
school may not be approved for two weeks after
submission of the request. The two-week processing time
is necessary to confirm student ridership numbers and
space availability on the requested buses.
Thank you for your patience
and understanding as we work through these demanding
SAFETY IS OUR FIRST PRIORITY…
Our goal in Transportation Services is to provide
safe, efficient, on-time transportation to the students of South Lyon.
In addition to
our regular daily runs, we have kindergarten, vocational education,
early childhood center students; field trips and athletic events that
come and go at various times during the day.
Student management on the school bus is probably
the biggest problem facing school bus drivers today. As in the
classroom, student management on the bus is an important issue. There
are, however, some major differences. Unlike the classroom teacher who
has 20-30 students, the bus driver is responsible for up to 77 students
at one time. Additionally, the students must be monitored by a driver
who has his/her back to them.
School bus drivers must control thousands of
pounds of steel, glass and rubber as they drive through traffic in
varying road conditions. The school bus driver is constantly aware that
a single lapse in concentration could result in a serious accident and
possible injury or death to students on board or outside the bus. To
avoid distractions, it is imperative that students be in control at all
Students are expected to follow the
of Conduct at all times while riding the bus. We
encourage parents to review these responsibilities with their children
to insure that their privilege of riding the bus is not lost.
Students are only permitted to ride the bus they
are assigned to and from school each day. We do not allow students to
ride home with friends for birthday parties, sleep-overs, study groups,
scouting, etc. Emergency Day Care requests may be accommodated,
providing space is available on the bus. Contact Transportation Dispatch
at (248) 573-8900 between 5am and 5pm on school days for further
We would also like to remind parents, that the
only (cargo) items that can be transported on a school bus are those
that can be held on the lap of the student. This includes band
instruments, backpacks, sports gear, large projects and the like. We
regret any inconvenience this may cause you; however it is for the
safety of your child.
Contact the TRANSPORTATION HOTLINE at
248-573-8251 for daily changes to scheduled routes, building and
Have a safe, fun school year!