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Bus Riders - Please Read This Section-Very Important
you are a new student to Summit
Academy, or new simply to bus registration, there are a few
would like you to be aware of. As of the end of business,
August 10, 2016, new bus forms will be due in to this office.
On that date, if the
requests for a bus outweigh the available seats, a lottery will take
place to decide those students who will be assigned to ride a requested
bus. If your student does not make that list, they will be
assigned to a wait list and you will be informed of the status via a
postcard in the US Mail. Any bus forms received AFTER August
10, 2016 will be placed
on their requested bus based on a "first come-first served" basis,
until that time each bus or location is full. Again, those
not able to be placed on a bus, will be added to a wait list, and
placed when we are able to accommodate the request.
(Just a note that no lottery was performed after August 10th,
your elementary child is assigned to a bus, carry a picture ID with you
for afternoon delivery, at least until the driver becomes familiar with
you and your child. The drivers will strive for timeliness,
but NEVER at the expense of safety. Please be at the bus hub
five minutes prior to the drivers estimated arrival time for both
mornings and afternoons, not only for the sake of timely departures,
but more importantly - AND
I CAN'T SAY THIS WITH ENOUGH EMPHASIS - to
protect our children from rushing and frantic drivers who are late to
the bus. A 3000 pound car is just as dangerous in a store
parking lot as it can be on the road. Please understand, that
the drivers are directed to leave pick up locations on time, and once
they have departed, they are not to stop the bus for any reason other
than those issues which would compromise the safety of the
do not cut the bus off, or
rush through the bus hub locations simply because you have arrived
late, as you could inadvertently harm a child, including
your own. On these occasions, it is always better that you
transport your child rather than compromise the safety of the bus.
Daily Bus Rider Information
The 2016-2017 bus
emergency forms are available at the top of the page for
new bus riders and new students interested in transportation.
Re-enrolling student forms were mailed on June 6, 2016 with a requested
return date of June 17th, the last day of school. If you are
not sure of the bus hub you need, you can find the master map
on the button just below:
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS MAP IS NOT CURRENT FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR!!!
After the August 10 deadline for
possible bus lottery and mailer the following week, when your bus
emergency form is
received and processed in our office, you will receive a letter in
the mail and it will refer to the bus number that your student has been
assigned to. Students are assigned based on
the location that was
requested. It is important that your student ride
the bus that they are assigned to as each bus is specific
in it's destination. Seating may be very limited
bus travels to specific locations and it is VITAL
that we adhere to the authorized rider lists. Thank
you parents for your help in making sure your student gets on
and rides the correct bus!!!
individually, the first morning pickup departure time is
typically adhered to, and it is not expected that once the bus pulls
away from the loading area, that it will stop for a late
student. A bus, once it has departed is never to stop in
"on-road" traffic to load a late rider, so please,
for the safety of
your child, arrive
at the morning pickup five (5) minutes before estimated departure
the bus begins it's run, it is expected that the only delays to bus
times would be traffic related. We urge you to consider the
safety of not only your child, but all Summit students as
they make their way to school, by driving carefully in the pickup zones
and by being early for loading in the mornings or whenever in the bus
The first month of school is
always the worst for afternoon delivery, as traffic patterns in and
around the schools will take time to normalize. During that
time, as things settle back into familiar patterns, the buses will
sometimes be late, and possibly very late. We ask that during
this adjustment, please be patient with the bus department and
drivers. Not only do we sometimes have new drivers, but we
also have new students and parents in our lots who are learning a whole
new system of pick up and drop off. As the year advances,
things will settle into a pattern we all recognize and can function
with. We have been transporting students since the 2001-2002
school year, and each and every year, as we grow, we have to overcome
the logistical challenge set before us. We look forward to
working with our students this year and hope that we can provide to you
as a parent, a consistent ability to assist you in transporting your
child to school.
picture to the left gives you an idea of what the
bus driver sees every day as children approach the bus. This
picture was taken from the cabin of a Thomas C2 school
bus like the one your children ride everyday. With
that being said, please notice the blind spot caused by the window rail
or how fast a child can disappear beneath the front view over the hood.
Think how quickly that same child can dart in and out of
traffic in a Meijers or church parking lot and not even be seen until
they run out in front of moving bus, or YOUR car. These are
our children, and while everyone is trying to meet a schedule of some
sort (bus drivers and parents alike,) is that extra few seconds it
takes to be safe and slow down in the bus hub area worth more than a
child's life? I certainly hope so, as each school bus has a
"Danger Zone," an area that surrounds the school bus in which the
driver may or may not be able to see a child. School bus
drivers are taught to monitor their mirrors, but even then,
any child that steps into that area surrounding the school bus is
you can see here in the picture to the right, there
is a "DANGER ZONE" that surrounds each school bus. It is
that area in which a student could be injured simply by standing there
when the bus has to move. Please, I encourage all parents to
review this picture with their children. It is imperative
that they don't crowd the bus, and move to the door in single file,
hopefully so that no child is overlooked or walks into the danger
In the past, as I have driven the bus, I have discovered that we have
some parents that feel they must drop their child directly at the
service door of the bus from their vehicle. Please know that
this behavior is severely frowned upon as it is unsafe for everyone
except that single child who is going two feet from the car door to the
bus door, BUT the track of the car to get to the point of drop off is
dangerous for other parents and students alike. Please take
these other riders into consideration.
More to come
here -please stay tuned!!!
Bus Expectations and
RulesIt is expected that each bus rider will be diligent not only to safely
ride the bus, but respectful to the driver as well.
It is expected that normal and reasonable requests by the bus driver
will be adhered to. Each driver has a huge responsibility to
drive a school bus loaded with your most precious cargo, and must be
able to do this job with minimal distraction. It is up to the
students to help make a daily bus ride the most pleasant and efficient
ride possible. Listed below are the bus rules that are posted
in each bus:
| 1. You are required to follow the school code of conduct, as the bus is considered school property.
| 2. No eating or drinking on the bus and please throw trash away.
| 3. Do not damage the bus, seats, or equipment.
| 4. Sit down in the seat and stay seated, and keep a clear aisle.
| 5. Keep all personal body parts inside the bus. No arms, hands, head or feet outside the windows.
| 6. Music played from a handheld device must be played via headphones or ear buds and not be audible to other students.
| 7. NO throwing of any item in the bus or out bus windows.
| 8. Do not tamper with bus equipment.
| 9. The driver may assign seats at his/her discretion.
| 10. As the school representative, the driver may establish other rules as needed to maintain the safe transportation of the bus.
FOLLOW THE ABOVE RULES OR THE
OF CONDUCT COULD RESULT IN
OF YOUR BUS PRIVILEGES.
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6/5/17 Returning rider bus forms are sent to residence/email sent and phone calls made. School offices given bus form for following year.
6/16/17 Deadline for returning rider forms-due back to office.
6/28/17 Second summer mailing/email/phone call completed to returning riders with immediate return date.
7/3-9/17 School closed for holiday week. Return to office on 7/11/17.
7/11/17 Downloadable bus forms added to website for returning or new riders.