2020-2021 GPS Transportation Survey Information
To help our planning, we are seeking your help in the area of transportation. Your information and input will help guide our decisions on how to best provide school transportation for those who will need it. If you plan to use school transportation (busing) for the 2020-2021 school year, please fill out this survey as quickly as possible. We are asking that you fill out the survey for every student in your household who will be using the school transportation system.
August 27, 2020 - A Note To Parents, postcards were mailed on Wednesday, August 26. Students who are routed to buses after that date, the bus driver will be responsible for making parent contact with pickup and drop off times. If you use ParentVue, you can check there for bus information. Remember, student have to be waiting, ready to board the bus FIVE minutes prior to their pick up time. Thank you.
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
For the 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, please complete and submit a Bus Registration Form to your child’s school.
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.
- Allow up to 48 hours for bus changes to be applied. Once done, the driver will contact you with the new information. Our office will not accept a change of address over the phone.
- 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.
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