Transportation Responsibilities

Riding a school bus is a privilege and convenience for students and their parents; as such, everyone accepts certain responsibilities to ensure student safety while utilizing this service. Students and parents are advised that the Spring Lake Public Schools student code of conduct will be enforced relevant to student behavior on the school bus. The school will cooperate with parents and law enforcement agencies relevant to behavior to and from school.

Students and parents are advised of the following responsibilities as per the Michigan Regulations for School buses, Bulletin #431 and local policy:

District Responsibilities
It is the responsibility of Spring Lake Public Schools to:
1. Develop bus routes and schedules.
2. Determine the mile computation as required by the Board of Education and State requirements.
3. Provide appropriate student information to bus drivers.
4. Provide vehicles that meet or exceed the requirements of state law pertaining to vehicles utilized to transport school students.
5. Provide appropriate insurance coverage.
6. Hire certified and qualified staff.
7. Provide ongoing training for the transportation staff.
8. Recommend to the Superintendent when schools should be closed due to inclement weather.
9. In conjunction with Building Principals, develop and administer disciplinary procedures for students who exhibit inappropriate bus riding behaviors. 

Parents' Responsibilities
It is the responsibility of each parent to:
1. Provide for your students' safety to, from, and while at the bus stop.
2. Have the student at the bus stop at least five (5) minutes ahead of the scheduled stop time.
3. Always stress SAFETY at stop locations and on the bus.  STUDENTS ARE TO STAY OFF THE ROAD AT ALL TIMES WHILE WAITING FOR THE BUS.
4. Make sure each child has a backpack for lunch, school books, etc.
5. No  pets or large items such as large boxes, sleds, skateboards, bats, etc. are  allowed on the bus.  Items which are sharp or breakable should be carried in a box.  Laser pointers are  prohibited and will be confiscated.  Loose hanging items attached to the backpacks such as key chains are prohibited due to safety concerns. 
6. Make arrangements to have an appropriate person at home at the designated drop-off time after school.
7. Sign the School Bus Misconduct Notice slip, if your child receives one for an infraction of the bus rules. The child must return the signed slip to the bus driver before allowed back on the bus. 

Students' Responsibilities
It is the responsibility of each student to:
1. Observe classroom conduct while riding the bus. The same rules apply to the bus as in the classroom.
2. Ride the assigned bus and use a specific bus stop; only assigned students may ride school-bound or homebound buses. In addition, students may ride only their assigned bus, getting on and getting off at their designated stop.  The Director of Transportation may grant permission for students to ride a different bus or use a different stop. Such permission may be granted only after receiving appropriate written request form from the parent/guardian for a specified period of time subject to the following conditions and limitations:
a. The requested change must not result in overcrowding of any bus, alteration of any regular bus route, bus stop, or time schedule, or in any way interfere with the regular operation of the transportation system.
b. Emergency and/or unusual reasons may be approved by the Director of Transportation.
c. To assure no overloads, we do not allow students to bring home friends (either from another bus run or from a non-busing area)
3. Obey the driver at all times and report promptly to school officials when instructed to do so.
4. Stay in their seat facing forward while the bus is in motion.
5. Keep hands and feet to themselves.
6. Place all carry-on items on ones lap.
7. State law mandates that no animals or glass containers be allowed on buses. No pets or large items such as large boxes, sleds, skateboards, bats, etc. are allowed on the bus.  Items which are sharp or breakable should be carried in a box.  Laser pointers are prohibited and will be confiscated.  Loose hanging items attached to the backpacks such as key chains are prohibited due to safety concerns.
8. Refrain from eating or drinking on the bus.
9. Leave the bus only with the consent of the driver.
10. Enter or leave the bus only at the front door after the bus has come to a stop, except in case of emergency.
11. Stay off the roadway while waiting for the bus.
12. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and then board or leave the bus promptly.
13. Talk in a normal tone of voice while on the bus and use appropriate language.
14. Do not destroy property and report any damage observed to the driver.
15. Help keep the bus clean, sanitary, orderly and safe.
 
School Board Policy

It is the policy of the Board of Education to provide transportation for those District students whose distance from their school makes this service necessary within the limitations established by State law and the regulations of the State Superintendent of Instruction. Such laws and rules shall govern any question not covered by this policy.

Bus routes shall be established so that an authorized bus stop is available within the distance of the home of every resident student entitled to transportation services. Each student will be allowed to have one (1) pick-up location and one (1) drop-off location, be it home or a caregiver, and shall not be permitted to use any other bus.