To provide safe, caring, and efficient bus rides for all BRPS students.
The Transportation Department at BRPS strives to provide safe, reliable, and efficient student transportation. We work hard to maintain buses, improve routes, and train drivers to ensure that eligible students are transported safely and reliably, both to and from school, as well as to extracurricular activities or field trips.
At BRPS, safety for all staff and students is a district-wide standard.
Please utilize the resources below for more information about the BRPS Transportation Department:
The Transportation Department at BRPS strives to provide safe, reliable, and efficient student transportation. We work hard to maintain buses, improve routes, and train drivers to ensure that eligible students are transported safely and reliably, both to and from school as well as to extracurricular activities or field trips. We put your kids' safety at the forefront and take pride in what we do.
Click here for the Sitter Form, allowing drivers permission to pick up or drop off children at a location other than their residence.
For more information contact the Transportation Department:
All students who live within the Big Rapids Public School district lines are eligible to ride the bus. If you are a School of Choice family and wish to utilize busing, families would be responsible for transporting your student to the nearest 'school of choice' bus stop within the district.
Bus Stop Locations
Our Transportation Department establishes group stops for students who live within BRPS school district limits. Bus stops for students outside school district limits will be established as a school of choice stop locations for mass pickup only. All bus stops have to take visibility and safety into consideration and stopping in certain locations is simply not legal for school buses. Line of sight issues such as curves, trees, and hills have a huge impact on a safe bus stop. The law states that a school bus needs 400 feet of clear, unobstructed visibility from the front and back of the bus and from the roof line to the bumper to have a legal and safe stop location for students.
Please call the bus garage if you have any questions about bus stops in your location.
Important Bus Rules
The safety of the students and drivers on and around buses is of utmost importance to the BRPS Transportation Department. We advise parents to review the Bus Safety Rules with their students. Even if they don't ride a bus to or from school, it's likely that your student will be on a bus at some point during their time at BRPS and it is important for them to know how to be safe when that time comes.
Morning Route Reminders
Students should be at their pick-up point 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
In order to stay on schedule and get all students to school on-time, drivers will honk and wait 15 seconds before continuing on their route if your student is not at their stop when the bus arrives.
Please talk to your student about being safe while waiting to be picked up. Staying off the street or roadway is just one topic that should be discussed. Please reference 'Bus Safety Rules' for more information.
Afternoon Route Reminders
Drop-off times will vary daily based on how many students are riding that day.
K-4th Grade - Parents/Guardians are required to be present for a child to be dropped off. If the driver sees no sign of anyone being there and the student does not recognize anyone, the student will be brought back to the bus garage. Contact will be made to;
Students are only allowed to ride the bus route that they are registered to.
Proper conduct is an important factor in the safe operation of the bus. The district feels that the conduct of the students on the bus is the responsibility of the driver, the student, and the parents. The BRPS Transportation Department Discipline Process can be found here.