The mission of the Huron Valley Schools Transportation Department is to provide safe, cost efficient and timely transportation service to our students. With over 107 square miles and much of it rural roads, bussing children is a must in Huron Valley. We accomplish this through a team 130 employees. There are 91 drivers including substitutes and 28 bus attendants assisting special needs students. The operational staff includes mechanics keeping the wheels going round and round and office staff performing a variety of administrative duties including dispatch, routing, managing and ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and Huron Valley Schools policy. We travel to 15 school buildings in the District and programs beyond our District boundaries -to meet their educational requirements.
Each day we safely transport over 6,300 students to school; the equivalent of the population of the Village of Milford. Our fleet of buses travel approximately 10,000 miles a day, about the distance from here to Sydney Australia, while performing over 430 separate bus runs.
Additionally we average more than 500 field trips a year, transporting athletic teams and students to many different locations. For a typical school year the fleet consumes around 217,000 gallons of fuel or about 1200 gallons daily which would power the family car over 30,000 miles averaging 25 mpg. Bond money provided funds to replace aging buses and will outfit our buses with cameras and radios with GPS to increase the safety of our students and staff.
This handbook for parents includes: general information about transportation services available, eligibility requirements, routing information, special services, parent responsibilities, student code of conduct, safety procedures, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Transportation Request Forms
Parents are responsible for the transportation of Open Enrolled and School of Choice students to and from school. The Transportation Department may consider providing transportation services for affected students, assigning them to the nearest bus stop on existing bus routes where space is available. Applications for transportation services will be taken by the Transportation Department and will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis. However requests will not be processed or approved until a minimum of three weeks after the start of the school year. Parents need to have other transportation arrangements in place for the first three weeks of the school year and possibly all year as there is no guarantee that the Transportation Department will be able to provide service.
HVS Route Statistics
- General education bus runs have been reduced from 366 (2005/06) vs. 278 (present)
- 6400 general education students transported in 2005/06 vs. 5900 in 2009/10 (one way only)
- Average students per bus 98 (2005/06) vs.109 (2009/10)
- Total bus stops 2,400 (2005/06) vs. 2,000 (2009/10)
HVS Fleet Statistics
- Average age of the fleet is 6.7 years
- General education buses average 15,000 miles per year
- Special education buses average 25,000 miles per year
- 26 buses are greater than 10 years old
- 17 buses will be greater than 13 years old in June 2010
- Average cost to maintain a school bus less than 10 years old is approximately $2,400 -10 years and older is greater than $3,300
- Buses are retired when cost to repair is greater than expected life or if required due to underbody corrosion
- 13 years is HVS expected retirement of full size bus and 8 years for van style bus
- Road salt and chloride are the major contributor to structural damage caused by corrosion
- All buses are purchased with undercoating and washed weekly
- General education bus size varies from 59 pass to 77 pass
- Recent purchases have been for 77 passenger buses, allowing similar type bus bodies/parts and allows for increased student capacity
- A new 65 passenger bus cost approximately $76,615. and a new 77 passenger bus costs approximately $77,780. (Fall 2009)
- Seating capacity of the general education bus fleet is 4,313; we transport over 6400 students thus, we have more than one bus tier (different school start times)
HVS DVR (cameras)
- DVR's help support appropriate bus behavior and are utilized to verify incidents should they occur on the bus
- Currently, 18 buses are outfitted with camera systems, the cost of those systems was $1,000 each
HVS Transportation Staff
- 2 supervisors
- 4 office staff (reduction of 1 since 2004/05)
- 130 drivers & attendants
- 5 garage staff (reduction of 2 since 2004/05)
HVS Daily Operations
- HVS routing system is supported by Wayne County Intermediate Schools and is offered to all school districts in Michigan at a lower cost than a stand-alone routing software ($2,000/yr vs. $30,000)
- HVS operations currently employs a staff of 5 vehicle technicians vs. 7 in 2004/05 and was reorganized in 2007/08 from a one shift to a 2 shift operation
- HVS uses a vehicle maintenance software system allowing the District to efficiently maintain vehicle maintenance costs/scheduling
- HVS participates in parts, tire and fuel bid as administered by Oakland schools in order to secure the best pricing using the buying power of multiple participating school districts
- HVS participates in shared transportation through Oakland Schools; the transportation of students from multiple districts to a center based program. Over $2 million in transportation cost has been saved throughout Oakland County annually due to these shared services
- HVS participates in the State's aggregate bus purchase program, allowing best pricing due to multiple participating districts
What Every Driver Must Know
School Bus Stops
Huron Valley school buses are back on the roads. Every driver plays an important part of School Bus Safety. Make sure you know what to do when approaching a school bus with the overhead or hazard lights flashing.
School Buses with overhead red and yellow lights
(With or Without Bus Stop Signs)
- Yellow lights are flashing - prepare to stop
- Red lights are flashing - stop no closer than 20 feet from the bus.
- Red lights turned off - proceed.
School Buses with Overhead Red Lights
(With or Without Bus Stop Signs)
- Red lights are flashing and bus is moving - prepare to stop.
- Red lights are flashing and bus is stopped - stop no closer than 20 feet from the bus.
- When red lights are turned off - proceed.
All School Buses
Yellow hazard warning lights are flashing - proceed with caution.
It is not necessary to stop for a school bus that has stopped on the other side of a divided highway where the road is separated by a barrier, such as a concrete or grass median, island, or other structures that separate the flow of traffic. Use extra care around buses and in school zones. Children are small and hard to see and may dart into the street or out from around parked vehicles.
*AAA Michigan, 1994
*State of Michigan, What Every Driver Must Know. November, 2011. pp 116-117.
State of MI - What Every Driver Must Know.