The Warren Consolidated Schools Transportation Department is committed to partnering with schools, families and the community to provide safe, professional, reliable and efficient transportation for eligible students. This includes transportation to and from school, various school programs throughout the day, educational field trips, athletic trips and all other approved activities.
We transport over 7,600 students on a daily basis. There are 64 bus routes, which travel approximately 1,410,000 miles per year, (approximately 57 times around the world) while stopping at over 3,750 bus stops to and from school each day.
Our fleet of 88 buses is equipped and maintained in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations by our garage staff of four State Certified Mechanics. Each bus has a six or eight digital video camera recording system and a two-way radio, linked to the transportation office and bus garage.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Transportation office at 586.825.2960
ELIGIBILITY: Elementary students living 1.0 mile and secondary students living 1.5 miles or more from school are eligible to ride a bus to and from school. Students can be expected to walk up to one mile to a bus stop.
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. Once at school, take home will be by bus. Students unable to provide their own transportation will be granted an excused absence for that day.
INCLEMENT WEATHER: During inclement weather, please listen to radio station WWJ or WJR, watch your television or check the WCS website 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.
HALF-DAY POLICY: On days when school is scheduled for early dismissal, such as in-service days, parent-teacher conference days, etc., students will ride home on the regular P.M. take home bus. A.M. Kindergarten children will also ride home on the P.M. bus and will be assigned to the stop closest to their home. The school office will help Kindergarten parents determine the correct bus number and stop.
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.
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. Any home project, musical instruments or other items that would block the aisle or vision of the driver, or create a hazard, is prohibited.
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.
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. Only under unusual circumstances is this allowed. Any requests of this nature must be submitted in writing to the school principal and approved before the student will be allowed on the bus.
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.