Safe Transportation for Maple Valley Students Every Day
Our buses traveled 138,515 miles last school year!! Maple Valley Transportation runs 12 daily routes, covers over 134 square miles in district, transporting over 900 students twice a day, and we deliver those students to schools and to Lansing Community College. Additional transportation is provided for athletics that traveled 13,633 miles and other extra-curricular and school planned trips that went 4,141 miles.
At Maple Valley Schools, we strive for excellence in Transportation services to give your students a safe ride daily wherever they are going. Our staff is required to have six hours of continuing education every other year, is randomly drug tested throughout the school year, and constantly sharing ideas regarding efficiency, discipline, bus maintenance, and most of all safety.
School bus stops are established to promote safe and efficient routes. The first criteria used to determine a bus stop is Michigan school bus law. We cannot make illegal bus stops under any circumstances. Students may be required to go to a stop at a nearby location so parents should assess the path to the bus stop and even accompany their children to the stop if they are concerned with safety.
Parents and students should feel free to call or stop at the transportation office, if they have any questions or problems. Please refer to our student handbook for parental and student expectations regarding the privilege of transportation at Maple Valley Schools.
School Bus Safety
Maple Valley Schools offers the privilege of pupil transportation by including transportation in it's budget; it is not a state requirement. In order for your bus driver to offer an efficient and safe trip to and from school, cooperation by students and parents with the driver will bring around a good bus route. Students are expected to follow the safety rules being enforced by their bus driver while on bus routes, on field trips, and athletic trips. Parents, teachers, coaches are expected to set a good example when buses are in your area. Parents could ask their children to explain Bus Safety to you; things may have changed since we rode the bus as kids! The student handbook (above) includes the expectations of the Maple Valley Transportation Department. Following are summations of laws established by the State of Michigan for pupil transportation.
Overhead Amber/Red Alternately Flashing Lights
- The school bus driver is controlling the traffic for the safety of students being boarded or discharged from the school bus.
- Motorists are required to STOP 20 FEET from the school bus.
- The deactivation of the overhead alternately flashing lights is the signal for stopped traffic to proceed.
- With supervisor approval, Hazard Light stops are used on M-50, M-66, and M-79.
- The school bus driver is NOT trying to control the oncoming traffic due to the higher speeds of travel and the assortment of vehicles traveling on these highways.
- Special requirements for these stops include no student will cross the road~ Right-hand stops only and the bus must be completely off the roadway to leave normal traffic flow unobstructed.
- Motorists should be cautious when passing buses using Hazard Light stops, but not required to stop.
It is a rare occasion, but if a school bus driver is unable to meet the special requirements for Hazard Light stops, like during inclement weather or a student must cross the road, be watching for the use of Overhead Amber/Red Alternately Flashing Lights on these highways. Also other school districts may not have approval for Hazard Light stops and only use Overhead Lights on these highways. Best practice for motorists is be prepared to stop at least 20 feet from a school bus.
Continuing Education Class (CEC)
This summer our drivers attended their 2015 CEC to keep their credentials for school bus driving current and meet state requirements for school bus drivers in the state of Michigan. They will be required to take this class again in 2017. In this class the drivers learned and discussed changes in laws, new and proposed laws, safe and legal bus stops, PBIS (Positive Behavorial Interventions and Supports) helping drivers discipline in positive ways.
|Bus Symbol||Bus Number|
|Terry||M & M||05A|