Phone: (616) 786-2050

Transportation

Welcome to West Ottawa’s Transportation Department

The West Ottawa Public Schools Transportation Department transports over 6,100 eligible students to-and-from school and school-related activities each school day.  This is accomplished with a dedicated team of 70 transportation professionals and a professionally maintained fleet of 61 buses that perform over 2,200 bus stops and travel more than 3,300 miles per day.

NOW HIRING – Please fill out an online application or contact the Director of Transportation at (616) 786-2045 for more information.   Immediate positions available.

Our Mission – Transportation

photo of children in a school bus“To provide safe and efficient transportation to get students physically present and emotionally prepared for learning to experience success to-and-from school… every school day.”

In every instance, safety is a top priority.

  • We will provide safe and efficient pupil transportation at all times through effective communication between transportation staff, school administration and parents/guardians.
  • We will consider the individual needs of students and provide accommodation for students with special needs.
  • We will welcome and give thorough examination to community input.
  • We will highly value and provide ongoing, continuous training for our team of professional employees.
  • We will serve the District with total commitment and a positive attitude.

News & Tips – Transportation

National School Bus Safety Week – 2019 Winning Student Poster

School bus transportation plays a critical role in the education of our nation’s students and is the direct link between a neighborhood and the classroom.  More than 5,000 children ride the yellow and black school bus every school day at West Ottawa.  This student poster serves as a reminder for students, parents, teachers and the community to keep school bus safety in the forefront.

Here are some tips to keep our children safe at the bus stop:

Getting Ready for School – Have your children put everything they carry in a backpack or school bag so that they won’t drop things along the way.  Make sure children leave home on time so they can arrive at the bus stop before the bus arrives – at least five (5) minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.  Running after or in front of the bus to try to catch the bus is dangerous.

Walking to the Bus Stop – Practice good pedestrian behavior: walk on the sidewalk.  If there is no sidewalk, stay out of the street.  If you must walk on the street, walk single file, face traffic and stay as close to the edge of the road as you can.  Should there be a need to cross the street, it is best to do so with a parent or guardian.  When crossing the street, ALWAYS stop and look – look left, look right and then look left again.  Do the same at driveways and alleys.  (Parents/Guardians: When training your child, exaggerate your head turns and narrate your actions so your child knows you are looking left, right and then left again.)

At the Bus Stop – Have children wait in a location where the bus driver can see them as the school bus approaches the bus stop.  Be visible to the bus driver – avoid waiting in a house or in a car.  Do not let children play unattended or in the street.  Playing with balls or other toys that could roll into the street is dangerous.  ALWAYS respect other people’s property and be a good role model to neighbors who live near the bus stop.  If crossing the street at the bus stop before school, children should wait for the bus to arrive, wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and then wait for the bus driver to give a uniform (District-wide) safe crossing signal: bus driver’s display of a green “Smile Face” crossing paddle and a “full arm signal” when it is safe to cross in front of the bus.  Cross at least ten (10) feet in front of the bus – never behind the bus.

Getting On & Off the Bus – Warn children that if they drop something while getting on or off the bus, they should never dash to pick it up – especially if it is a windy day.  Instead, they should tell the bus driver and follow the bus driver’s instructions.  When preparing to load before school, children should form a single-file line and safely board the bus one-at-a-time.  If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side of the street where the child will be dropped off, not across the street.  Children can be so excited to see you after school that they dash across the street and forget the safety rules.  If crossing the street at the bus stop after school, children should safely exit the bus and then wait for the bus driver to give a uniform (district-wide) safe crossing signal: the bus driver’s display of a green “Smile Face” crossing paddle and a “full arm signal” when it is safe to cross in front of the bus.  Cross at least ten (10) feet in front of the bus – never behind the bus.

Use of Mobile Devices on the Bus – Cell phones and other electronic devices are permitted on the school bus at the discretion of the bus driver.  The driver may allow appropriate use of or take away a mobile device at any time.  If a mobile device has been taken from a student by the bus driver, the mobile device may be claimed by a parent or guardian at the Transportation office after the bus run.  A student may use an age appropriate mobile device on the bus, as long as:

  1. The mobile device is carried in a backpack or school bag while getting on and off the bus to keep hands free for safe use of handrails, etc.
  2. Sound is muted or headphones at a low volume level are used.
  3. Pictures or videos are not taken and any form of video or audio is not recorded at any time.
  4. Use of the mobile device does not create a distraction for the driver.
  5. Content does not violate the law or district policy & procedures as defined in Board Policy or the Student Handbook.

Bus stop information for the 2019-2020 school year is available ONLINE ONLY for all students (Grades: KG-12) via Parent Portal.  Confidential bus stop information is not distributed in any other manner.

Best wishes for a safe and successful school year!

Paul Wegmeyer, Director of Transportation

Bus Stop Information – Transportation

Bus stop information for the 2019-2020 school year is available ONLINE ONLY for all students (Grades: KG-12).  Bus stop times, bus stop locations, bus number assignment and transfer bus assignment information is updated each school day by 5:00 p.m. and can be viewed by accessing Parent Portal from the Parent Resources tab on the District’s home web page.  Confidential bus stop information is not distributed in any other manner.

Bus stop times may change throughout the school year due to a variety of reasons.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to frequently check their child’s Transportation information online to get the most accurate bus stop information.

To access bus stop information in Parent Portal, sign in by entering your login information (Username and Password).  Choose ‘SELECT A STUDENT’ (top of page) and then click on the ‘Transportation’ tab (left side of page).  If you need assistance with your login information, please contact your school office.

Detailed transportation information for students with special needs will be mailed to the primary home address for each eligible special needs rider on August 14, 2019.

Kindergarten Information – Transportation

The following provides helpful transportation information for parents/guardians of Kindergarten students at West Ottawa:

2019-2020 Bus Information for Kindergarten Parents and Guardians (English).

2019-2020 Bus Information for Kindergarten Parents and Guardians (Español).

 

Online Forms – Transportation

The following online forms are for use by a primary parent/guardian to submit a change in transportation request for an enrolled student eligible for school bus transportation at West Ottawa Public Schools.

Alternate Site | Daycare | Parent Transport: Transportation Change Request Form

Select this form (English) | (Español) to submit changes to alternate site, daycare or parent transport information for AM pick up (before school) and/or PM drop off (after school).

Note: This form should only be used to submit changes to bus stop related information AFTER Online Registration has been submitted for the 2019-2020 school year.  This form is not to be used for submitting Joint Custody bus stop requests.  To review Joint Custody bus stop procedures, please contact the Transportation Department at (616) 786-2042.

Note: Please allow a minimum of three (3) days for processing.  Approved changes in transportation take immediate effect after the change has been posted in Parent Portal.  Parent Portal is updated by 5:00 p.m. each working day.  To access bus stop information in Parent Portal, sign in by entering your login information (Username and Password).  Choose ‘SELECT A STUDENT’ (top of page) and then click on the ‘Transportation’ tab (left side of page).

5th Grade Advanced Math (PC, NH & SW): Online Transportation Request Form

Select this form (English) | (Español) to request school bus transportation on an early morning middle school bus to attend 5th grade Advanced Math at Harbor Lights Middle School or Macatawa Bay Middle School.  Transportation for this program is open to eligible student participants from the Pine Creek (PC), North Holland (NH) & Sheldon Woods (SW) Elementary School attendance areas ONLY.

Note: Please allow a minimum of three (3) days for processing.  Parents/guardians of PC, NH & SW 5th grade advanced math students will be notified directly by telephone or e-mail from the Transportation office if changes in transportation for eligible 5th grade advanced math students have been approved.

 

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions and Answers) – Transportation

Before picking up the phone to ask a question, take a look to see if your question may already be answered!  Our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions and Answers) documents and have been developed to assist parents/guardians in finding common answers to important questions regarding pupil transportation.  Questions along with their responses are organized into three unique sections:

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Contact Information – Transportation

West Ottawa Public Schools Transportation Department
Physical address: 294 W Lakewood Blvd, Holland, MI  49424-1905
Mailing address: 1138 136th Ave, Holland, MI  49424-7483

Phone: (616) 786-2040
Transportation HOTLINE: (616) 786-2049 | Timely info on late bus, school closure, etc.
E-mail: transportation@westottawa.net

Office hours: 5:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri) | When school is in-session
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri) | When school is not in-session

Job application procedure: Please fill out an online application or contact the Director of Transportation at (616) 786-2045.  (Immediate positions available)

Administrative Staff – Transportation

portrait of Director of Transportation Paul Wegmeyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Wegmeyer, Director of Transportation
Phone: (616) 786-2045

Gary Corell, Assistant Director of Transportation
Phone: (616) 786-2044

Margarita Lugo, AM Dispatch Assistant (5:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.)
Phone: (616) 786-2041

Sherry Brooky, PM Dispatch Assistant (10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
Phone: (616) 786-2041

Julie Schrotenboer, Route Clerk (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Phone: (616) 786-2042

Curt Alofs, Fleet Mechanic (5:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Phone: (616) 786-2046

Chuck Wittingen, Fleet Mechanic (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Phone: (616) 786-2047

 

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