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Dean Transportation - Crestwood's Transportation Provider
As of the 2010/2011 school year, the Crestwood School District has contracted with Dean Transportation to provide bus service to students. All buses will still read "Crestwood School District" and there will be no reduction in busing services for our students.  Parents will be pleased to hear that most of Crestwood's bus drivers and bus paraprofessionals (attendants) are now working for Dean Transportation.

posted 12/17/10

A Public Service Announcement for the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute.


Contact Information
    Marianna Stander               Phone: 313-274-3510      
Student Code of Conduct
Bus Rules
Riding a school bus is a privilege and convenience for students and their parents; as such everyone accepts certain responsibilities to ensure student safety while utilizing this service. Students and parents are advised that the Crestwood School District student code of conduct will be enforced relevant to student behavior on the school bus. The school will cooperate with parents and law enforcement agencies relevant to behavior to, from, and while on the bus and at bus stops.

It is the responsibility of each parent to:

1. Know where your child’s assigned bus stop is located.
2. Know your child’s Route #.
3. Make sure your child knows and follows the rules.
4. Have the student(s) at the bus stop at least five minutes ahead of the scheduled stop time.
5. Teach your child how to walk to and from the bus stop.
6. Be courteous and respectful of neighboring homes if taking your child to the bus stop.

While waiting for the bus, students are responsible for:

1. Getting on and off at his/her assigned bus stop.
2. Riding only his/her assigned bus
3. Arriving at his/her bus stop five minutes before scheduled pick up time.
4. Knowing how to walk to and from the bus stop.
5. Staying off of lawns, porches, and driveways and out of the street.
6. Not damaging or littering surrounding property.
7. Lining up 6 feet from the curb, single file.
8. Not approaching the bus until it has come to a complete stop and the door is opened.
9. Respecting others at all times.

While on the bus, students are responsible for following the rules

1. Do not engage in disturbances that distract the driver and remain seated at all time. Students are to sit back-to-back, bottom-to-bottom, facing the front of the bus. Failure to do so jeopardizes student safety.
2. Keep the aisles clear at all times
3. Observe classroom conduct while on the bus.
4. Speak in a low tone of voice.
5. No “rough housing”, pushing, hitting, or throwing things.
6. No drinking, eating or chewing gum on the bus is allowed.
7. Foul or obscene language and/or gestures are not permitted.
8. No smoking on the bus.
9. All items must be in backpack/bag, and be held on your lap, including band instruments.
10. Cell Phone use is discouraged and if necessary should be used in a responsible way.

When arriving at school students are expected to:

1. Leave the bus in an orderly manner.

When departing from the bus at your stop going home:

1. Once off the bus, move well away from the side of the bus. Beware of the “Danger Zones” around the bus
2. Cross the street in front of the bus going corner to corner. No jaywalking.

Bus Disciplinary Procedure
No warning will be given for any action that impairs the safety of riders or driver.

1st Violation Warning, Conference with Principal
2nd Violation One to three days off the bus (Amount of days will depend on the severity of the incident).
3rd Violation Ten days off the bus.
4th Violation One month off the bus.
5th Violation Off the bus for the remainder of the school year.

Links to School Bus Transportation Information Sites
bullet School Bus Information Council - Information about Safety, Statistics
bullet - Interactive page for kids with tips, videos & games.
bulletNational Highway Safety Commission's School Bus Danger Zone
top view of school bus showing the danger zone and five giant steps  (a)
The Danger Zone is the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of being hit. Children should stay ten feet away from the bus (or as far away as they can) and never go behind it. They should take five
giant steps in front of the bus before crossing, so they can be seen by the driver.

AAA Michigan offers these rules of school bus safety.

What Drivers Should Know

School Busses with overhead red and yellow lights:

bullet Yellow lights are flashing - prepare to stop
bullet Red lights are flashing - stop no closer than 20 feet from the bus
bullet Red lights are turned off - proceed with caution.

School Busses with overhead red lights only:

bullet Red lights are flashing and bus is moving - prepare to stop
bullet Red lights are flashing and bus is stopped - stop no closer than 20 feet
from the bus
bullet Red lights are turned off - proceed with caution
All School Busses:
bullet Yellow hazard warning lights are flashing - proceed with caution

What Students Should Know

When waiting for the bus:

bullet Stay a safe distance from the roadway
bullet No pushing or horseplay
bullet When the bus arrives, stay away from the wheels

To cross in front of the bus:

bullet After exiting the bus, walk at least three giant steps from the side of the bus
bullet Walk on the sidewalk or side of the road, taking 10 giant steps ahead of the bus
bullet Look at the driver for a signal to cross
bullet Stop at the edge of the bus
bullet Look to the left, right and left again
bullet Keep watching the traffic as you walk
bullet If a paper or article goes under the school bus, ask the bus driver to help you


Students crossing in front of the bus
cannot see a vehicle approaching
from behind the bus.



The driver of a car behind a bus
cannot see students crossing
the street in front of the bus


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