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Our mission is to provide the safest, most reliable transportation for students in a timely manner.

Did you know the school bus is 27 times safer as a mode of transportation to and from school than an automobile?

About Us

Our staff consists of 30 professional and continuously trained certified school bus drivers, 8 substitute bus drivers, 1 full time mechanic, and one Transportation Director.

Byron Center Public Schools covers approximately 40 square miles. Our school buses travel approximately 1930 miles every day transporting about 2550 students twice daily.

Byron Center Public Schools has a two-tier bus routing system. The first tier is for all intermediate, middle and high school students. The second tier is for all elementary students. For our studentsÕ protection, we do not publish bus stop addresses on this website. This information is printed every August in the BConnection newsletter or you can call the Transportation Department at 878-6496 for this information.

The bus garage is located at 8542 Byron Center Avenue (on the Nickels Intermediate School property).

Frequently Asked Questions

Are bus stops the same every year? No. While stops are fairly consistent from year to year, changes may be made based on student enrollment.

My child left an item on the bus. How do I get it back? Items will be held on the bus and may be claimed by the student. If you need an item before the student rides the bus again, please contact the Transportation Department at 878-6496 to make pick-up arrangements. Any unclaimed items are donated to area missions twice a year.

My childs bus is crowded. How will this be corrected? Our fleet has 65-passenger buses. This means 3 to a seat. We appreciate that this may feel crowded however; it is not a situation which would necessitate correction. If however, a bus is overloaded, we will work to correct the situation by October 1.

Can my child have a friend ride to school or home with him? We do not allow students to bring home friends for parties, scouts, church events, homework/study, sleepovers, etc. It is the parentÕs responsibility for this type of transportation.

The bus passes my house, why can't you stop and pick up my child? We do pass most homes in the District. There are approximately 2,550 students. Each bus stop takes at least 30 seconds; imagine how long it would take to pick up 60 students on one bus and get them to school on time.

If my child is absent from school, do I need to notify transportation? If your child is the only one at a bus stop, it would be appreciated.

Can my student bring his large band instrument or project on the bus? It is now Michigan State Law that all carry-ons must be held by the students. If it cannot fit on the studentÕs lap, we cannot transport it.

Questions and Answers Provided by the Michigan Department of Education

My child is in kindergarten. Will the bus pick my child up in front of my house? There are no laws or regulation for transporting regular education students enrolled in kindergarten.

Is there a law about how far my child has to walk to the bus stop? No law specifies the maximum distance a student may walk to the bus stop.

What are the other factors involved in establishing where the school bus stops? There are many factors which should be taken into consideration when school administrators establish the placement of a bus stop. The primary concern is visibility of the bus and the consideration of stopping distances necessary for other motor vehicles in order to accomplish safe loading and unloading of children. In general, state law requires 400 feet of clear and continuous visibility on a highway where speed limit is over 35 mph, and 200 feet where speed limit is less that 35 mph.

Procedures and Guidelines

Transporting students on school buses is a service for eligible students; therefore, it is necessary to keep the following conditions in mind:

Schools of Choice students are not eligible for transportation unless they are registered at a licensed daycare or a family memberÕs home that is within the school boundary. Due to liability, Schools of Choice students will not be allowed to walk from outside of the District to a bus stop that is close by.

Byron Center School Buses will not go down a cul-de-sac street. Students must walk out to catch the bus at the closest assigned stop.

Appropriate student conduct must be maintained in order to assure safe transportation for all students. Please refer to the Rules link above.

Designated pickup and drop-off points defined by the Transportation Department must be adhered to in order to continue an efficient transportation system. The district cannot accommodate a ÒpersonalizedÓ service for each student due to the complexity of the system and the effects multiple changes can make on the route and schedule. Each student will be picked up and dropped off at their assigned bus stop.

According to Byron Center Public Schools Transportation Guidelines, each student will be allowed to have one pick-up location and one drop-off location, five days a week. We will no longer accommodate day variant requests. Students shall not be permitted to use any other bus without prior permission from the Director of Transportation. Transportation to an alternate location must be approved by the Transportation Director and is for emergency purposes only.

Child Care Pickup and Drop-off

Your child care address must be provided in writing to your school office or directly to the Transportation Department. You can obtain the Child Care Transportation Form from your school office, the Transportation Department office (administration building) or you can download one by clicking the link above. Please fill out this form each time your child care changes. Please note: daycare must be in the boundary of the school your child is attending. No day variant stops will be allowed. With more than 2,550 students transported each day, it is difficult to accommodate unexpected schedule changes; however, we will try to help out in an emergency, if possible.

Bus Routes

You will find all bus routes, bus stops and times in the August/September BConnection newsletter. For safety and privacy reasons, we will not publish bus stops on the Internet. You will note that only AM pick up times are printed in the BConnection. The PM drop off times are not included but if you need to know this information, you can call the Transportation Department at 878-6496 and we will give you the approximate drop off schedule. If you did not get a copy of the BConnection, they are available at the Administration Building at 8452 Byron Center Ave, SW. You can also call the Transportation Department for information.

Byron Center has a two-tier bus routing system. The first tier is our secondary runs. This run is picking up any eligible fifth through twelve graders who want to ride the bus. The second tier is our Elementary runs. These routes pick up all eligible kindergartners through fourth graders. Byron Center buses also provide transportation for the private school students. The same bus number and route will transport students home after school.

Please note that these are approximate times and that times and locations are subject to change and adjustments. Please understand that the first week of school, buses may run late because of students getting acquainted with new surroundings. The transportation department and the driver will work through any changes needed in the bus run, until it is efficient and timely. Parents will be notified of any major changes by the transportation department via a note home to parents or phone call. Once a run has been established and all kinks worked out, the bus driver will maintain a reliable schedule. Of course, traffic and bad roads and weather will play a major part in staying on schedule.

Kindergarteners and Fifth Graders

You should get a postcard and/or a phone call regarding your kindergartenerÕs or fifth graderÕs bus route and times by August 29. Their bus stop may already be listed in the BConnection if it is a neighborhood bus stop. We are sending these out to the fifth graders also because of moving from the elementary bus run to the secondary bus run.

Lisa Blain, Transportation Director
(616) 878-6496