Clintondale Transportation

For Transportation Information Contact:
Supervisor of Operations
Mrs. Laura Lawniczak
(586)791-6301 ext 2011
35100 Little Mack
Clinton Township, MI 48035 - 2633
(586) 791-6301 (Office)
(586) 791-4492 (Fax)
Flashing Lights and Sign on School Bus

For transportation questions please call 586-791-6300 x2010

Bus Transportation Information:

STOP TIME: Students must be visible at the stop five minutes before the scheduled stop time. If the bus does not arrive within twenty minutes after the scheduled stop time, students should return home and attempt to provide their own transportation to school.
INCLEMENT WEATHER:During inclement weather, please listen to radio station WWJ or WJR, watch your television or check the WCS web site for school closing information. When school is in session, our buses may be running late due to poor road conditions and traffic. Should this occur, the above stop time policy should be followed.
STUDENT ABSENCE/CANCELLATION OF STOP: If your child is the only student assigned to a stop and is absent, please call the Transportation Office at 698-4441 and let us know so that we can tell the driver not to make the stop. If there is no one at the stop for three consecutive days and we do not receive a call to cancel, it will be put on “Will Call” and the bus will no longer stop there. You will have to call the Transportation Office to resume pick-up.
ARTICLES LEFT ON BUS:Most items left on the bus will be held by the drivers for several days so that students may claim them. Items such as purses, musical instruments, and expensive articles will be removed from the bus and held in the Transportation Office or taken to the school office by the bus driver.
TRANSPORTATION FOR NON-BUS RIDERS:We do not transport students who are not assigned to the bus as regular riders. Pupils are not allowed to have friends who do not normally ride their bus ride home with them.
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY RULES:Classroom behavior is expected in the school bus. Infractions of bus rules will be subject to disciplinary action and could result in suspension of bus privileges. Discipline concerns/write ups will be submitted to the building principal for administration of corrective action/discipline.

Transportation of Student Carry-On Items

The primary purpose of the school bus is to provide safe transportation of students to and from school and school related activities. Home projects, musical instruments or other items that would block the aisle or vision of the driver, or create a hazard, is prohibited.

Students are encouraged to participate in the music program and may bring flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trombones, etc., with them on the school bus. Any musical instrument larger than a trombone or too large to fit on the laps of students is prohibited.

Book bags, back packs, school projects, etc., are limited to those items which can be carried on the laps of individual passengers.

When transporting students to and from field trip activities, items may be placed in empty seats but may not exceed the height of the seat back, or width of the seat. Not object may be placed in the bus aisles at any time.

For the safety and welfare of students and staff domestic animals/pets are not allowed on the bus.

When to Stop For a School Bus

Please be advised that Warren Consolidated Schools and many other school districts in the state continue to use RED LIGHT STOPS throughout the district. When a school bus is performing a RED LIGHT STOP, the driver will activate the overhead AMBER lights 200 feet before arriving at the bus stop. When the bus comes to a stop and the driver determines it is appropriate to do so, they will open the door, which activates the overhead RED lights and the STOP SIGN on the driver side of the bus. Motorists approaching the bus from either direction MUST stop not less than 20 feet from the bus and not proceed until after the overhead RED LIGHTS have been turned off.

The probable causes confusion for the average motorist is the uncertainty of what action you should take when you see the overhead AMBER LIGHTS. According to the State Police, an AMBER or YELLOW traffic signal requires that you prepare to STOP, however, many of us see the AMBER or YELLOW traffic signal and decide to speed up and get through before it turns to RED; which creates an environment for an accident. The OVERHEAD lights on a school bus are a traffic signal and should be treated as such.

On roads where we feel it is prudent to do so, we have implemented the use of HAZARD LIGHT STOPS. There are criteria in the law which helps us to determine where we should implement those stops; one of which is that students DO NOT CROSS THE ROADWAY. Not all MAIN roads meet that criteria and not all school districts have implemented HAZARD LIGHT STOPS, so motorists need to pay attention.

As always, it is the motorist’s responsibility to know the law and to be attentive to your surroundings. A school bus is a moving traffic signal. The best way to remember your responsibilities is keeping in mind that when you see flashing lights on TOP (overhead flashing AMBER/RED lights) you must STOP. When the flashing lights are LOW (AMBER hazard lights) you should proceed; but SLOW.

The low HAZARD lights on a school bus are not a traffic signal. They are an indicator; not unlike any yellow road sign that signals the motorist to slow down and proceed with caution.

Remember, “Lights on TOP, be prepared to STOP. Lights down LOW; proceed, but SLOW.”