Guidelines for making bus stop changes
Valid bus stop change requests for exiting bus stop locations will only be accepted prior to August 15th of each school year. Following that date, only address changes or changes due to daycare will be considered. School buses are routed in the most efficient manner consistent with State law and School Board Guidelines regarding establishment of safe school bus locations, the following factors are utilized in considering a change to an existing bus stop location:
- Visibility from the student's home is not a factor in determining bus stops. It is the parent/guardian's responsibility to escort their child to/from the bus stop if there is concern about the student waiting or walking to the designated bus stop location. In certain areas, a student may be required to walk up to 2 miles to the nearest bus stop.
- Buses will not generally travel down private roads that are not maintained by the Vernon Township Road Department or on private property.
- Bus stops may not be located within 300 feet of each other in order to legally operate the warning light/stop arm system prior to stopping the bus. Stops are generally located at or near intersections, except for area roads where there are no intersections to place a stop. Buses that pass by a student's home does not warrant adding or changing the bus stop, however safety is always our first priority. Students are required to be at their assigned bus stop 5 minutes prior to the scheduled pick up time.
School bus drivers are not permitted to change stop locations without approval from the Transportation Department. Drivers who stop at locations other than those approved are in violation of district procedures. All requests for stop changes need to be directed to the Transportation Department rather than to the bus driver. Bus stop assignment and scheduled pick up time can be found on the Parent Portal. Requests, if approved, may take up to 2 days to process.
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