School Bus Safety

For more information on student safety in and around school buses, please check out the following sources:

Michigan State Police: School Bus Safety

National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT)

National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA): School Bus Safety

Main Telephone: 231-861-5171

Doug Fris
Transportation Coordinator

Chuck Hicks
Mechanic Tech

Shelby Public Schools' buses travel thousands of miles per week transporting hundreds of students. The bus schedule and route is available by contacting the Transportation Department at 231-861-5171. 

Bus transportation is a privilege, not a right.  We ask that all bus users follow these policies:

1) Students should be in plain view at their bus stop at least 5-10 minutes prior to their scheduled pick-up time.  Buses will not wait for students if they are not at the bus stop.

2) Please contact 231-861-5171  if your student/s do not require transportation in the morning.  A student stop will be removed from the route if there are 3 consecutive days of a student not riding the school bus & no communication with the bus garage.

3) Students in Preschool through second grade will not be allowed off the bus without a parent or older sibling.  Young students who are not met at the bus stop will be transported back to the ECC/Thomas Read.

4) Any student needing to be dropped off at a place other than their regular stop MUST have it pre-approved with the transportation department before the day of unless it is an Emergency.

5) Requests for a change in the drop off/pick up location for a child may take a few days to be implemented as the transportation department, bus driver, teacher, and school office need to be notified of the change.  Parents are asked to contact the transportation office at least three days before the change should take effect.

Please note we cannot honor requests for transportation to birthday parties, sleepovers, play dates, etc. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to provide transportation to these events. P.M. RETURN BUSES ARE AT OR NEAR CAPACITY AND EXTRA RIDERS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED. 

We appreciate your cooperation and efforts in helping us make transportation a safe part of your child’s school day.

  • Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.

  • Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

  • Hazard Lights - Motorists are allowed to pass the bus when these lights are on, but they are warned to be extremely cautious and alert while doing so.

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