2021/2022 Bus Stop and Transportation Notice
On July 20, 2021 Linda Van Houten, Superintendent of Greenville Public Schools, sent out notification by email to all GPS parents informing them of the following with regards to bus Transportation. "Masking: Masking is required on all school transportation as required by federal law." As with the 2020/2021 school year, it is the responsibility of all parents to ensure their child has, and is wearing a face mask upon boarding GPS transportation.
***STUDENTS CURRENTLY REGISTERED FOR BUS SERVICE DO NOT NEED TO BE RE-REGISTERED. IF UNSURE, PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE 616-754-3850.***
Was your student enrolled in Virtual Learning during 2020/2021? Do they plan to return to In-Person Learning for the 2021/2022 school year? Do they need bus transportation? If so, your student needs to be registered using the Transportation Registration link on the Transportation page of the GPS website.
5th grade students entering 6th grade for 2021/2022 and have NOT been registered for bus transportation, parents will need to use the Registration link, also.
The deadline to reroute our buses is July 28, 2021. Students who are registered after this date, and who do not live in the path of an existing bus route, will be assigned to the closest bus stop. We will start rerouting our buses again the week of September 20.
The target date for mailing Transportation Postcards is Thursday, August 12. The postcard will show your student’s bus stop location along with the pick up and drop off times. Please keep in mind, the information listed on the postcard is typically good for the first two weeks of school. After that, if your child’s pick up time changes and that change is five minutes or less you will not be notified because, as per Department Policy, all students need to be waiting at their assigned bus stop five (5) minutes prior to their pick up time.
During the first few days of school, buses may leave 15 to 20 minutes late from the school buildings. This is due to students and teachers properly identifying the correct school bus, making sure all students are boarded prior to leaving the school. Should you need to contact the Transportation Department, our direct number is 616-754-3850. During the school year, our office hours are 5:30am to 5pm.
The Transportation Department of Greenville Public Schools is committed to providing SAFE and EFFICIENT transportation service for approximately 2400 eligible riders.
Two Tier System
We operate a "two tier" system ~ Grades 6 thru 12 and Pre-Kindergarten thru Grade 5. We cover approximately 2000 miles on a daily basis and make nearly 1100 bus stops.
The department consists of 20 full time and 8-10 part-time professional drivers. The Director is Becky Jo Wheeler, Administrative Assistant Deborah Ball, Dispatcher Molly Grosvenor, and Mechanic James Baker III. Our fleet consists of 28 buses, 2 cars, and 4 vans along with maintenance trucks, vans, and various equipment.
All drivers must have:
- A commercial drivers license
- Pre-employment Department of Transportation physical
- Pre-employment drug test
- Criminal background check
- Driver license record check
- Mandatory Michigan Department of Education training
- Secretary of State approved "third party" road test
- Subject to random drug and alcohol testing
We pride ourselves on our well maintained fleet that is inspected annually by the Michigan State Police inspectors.
Inclement weather, School delay or closing
The decision to close school is made cooperatively by the Superintendent and the Director of Transportation. Although not always an easy decision, school will remain open if road conditions are safe for bus travel. Parents have the option of keeping children home if they are concerned about weather conditions. When there is a delay or closing, please tune into the TV or Radio stations listed below for the most up-to-date information.
- WOOD-TV 8
- WZZM-TV 13
- WXMI-TV 17
- M-106.3 WGLM
- GPS District School Website
- GPS Facebook Page
- GPS District Text Alerts
2020/2021 school year, students will only be allowed one address for pick-up and drop-off.
- If you need to change your address for any reason, you must first contact your child’s school office. If your change of address requires a bus change, you will need to contact the Transportation Office. All changes take up to 48 hours before students are set to ride from their new address. Once set, it is the driver's responsibility to make parent contact with new bus information.
General Bus Information
- It is District Policy that students with bus service be waiting at their assigned bus stop, ready to board, five (5) minutes prior to their pick up time.
- All changes to transportation will take 48 hours. Once done, the driver will contact you with the new information.
- It is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian to see that their child gets safely to and from the bus stop. The school district provides transportation as a non-mandated service and establishes placement of bus stops in accordance with the requirements of the law.
- Once students enter Kindergarten, bus transportation is provided to elementary age students as long as they attend the elementary school that is within the district they reside. We do not transport School of Choice and In-District Transfer students.
Appropriate Behavior on busses and at bus stops
Appropriate behavior on buses, and at bus stops, is expected by all passengers. Any behavior that distracts the driver is unacceptable:
- Hitting, touching, swearing, possession of any tobacco substance, alcohol, bullying of any type, etc.
School bus transportation service is a privilege that will be taken away if any unacceptable behavior occurs.
- 1st violation (unless severe) will result in a written warning.
- 2nd violation (unless severe) will result in, Pre-K thru 5th up to 3 days suspension, 6-12th up to 5 days suspension.
- 3rd violation (unless severe) Pre-K thru 5th up to 5 days suspension, 6-12th up to 10 days suspension.
- 4th violation all grade levels, loss of school bus service. In order to be considered for reinstatement the parent(s) must contact the Transportation Dept. to arrange a hearing with the student, parent, Director of Transportation, and Assistant Superintendent. Transportation service may or may not be reinstated.
In all cases a copy of the notification must be signed by a parent/guardian and student and returned to the driver before the student may ride again.
Transportation Department Hours
When school is in session, the Transportation Department hours are 5:30 AM until 5:00 PM. Our direct phone number is (616) 754-3850.
Public school bus operations are regulated by the Michigan Department of Education.
Bus transportation is provided as a non-mandated service.
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