Phone: (616) 786-2050

Transportation

Welcome to West Ottawa’s Transportation Department

The West Ottawa Public Schools Transportation Department transports over 5,000 eligible students to and from school and school related activities each day.  This is accomplished with a dedicated team of 78 transportation professionals and a professionally maintained fleet of 61 buses that travel more than 4,000 miles each day.

Our Mission

photo of children in a school bus“Providing 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

Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy our beautiful outdoors.  Summer is also a great time to make sure your home address and/or bus stop address is clearly marked on both sides of the mailbox at your bus stop and on the side of your home.  Having a clearly marked address that is highly visible to the regular and substitute bus driver (driving from both directions) is real important in helping to not miss your child’s bus stop.  Many of our buses make 25 or more stops on the route to school, picking up bus riders at individual homes and group stops.  Having a consistent place for the bus driver to look for a clearly marked and highly visible home and/or bus stop address improves bus safety and helps keep bus drivers & riders on schedule and things running smooth.  Thanks for checking this out for your bus driver, your child, and the children who may get on and off the bus at your child’s assigned bus stop!

Bus stop information for the 2017-2018 school year is available ONLINE ONLY for all students (Grades: K-12) via Parent Portal.  For general education students, bus stop information is not mailed or distributed in any other manner.

Best wishes for a safe and successful school year!

Paul Wegmeyer, Director of Transportation

Note:  Due to the complexity of bus routing activities at the beginning of the new school year, and for student safety and communication reasons, requests for bus stop changes will not be processed between August 15 thru September 15, 2017.

Bus Stop Information – Transportation

Bus stop information for the 2017-2018 school year is available ONLINE ONLY for all students (Grades: K-12).  For general education students, bus stop information is not mailed or distributed in any other manner.

Bus stop information for the 2017-2018 school year (including bus stop times, bus stop locations, bus number assignment and transfer bus assignment) can be viewed by accessing Parent Portal from the Parent Resources tab on the District’s home page.

Bus stop times may change throughout the school year due to a variety of reasons.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to frequently check their bus stop information online, especially at the beginning of the new school year.  Bus stop information should be reviewed in Parent Portal over the Labor Day holiday weekend and within 24 hrs before the first day of school to get the most accurate before-school bus stop info.

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).

Detailed transportation information for students with special needs was mailed to the primary home address for each eligible rider on August 23, 2017.

Kindergarten Information – Transportation

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

2017-2018 Bus Information for Kindergarten Parents and Guardians (English)

2017-2018 Bus Information for Kindergarten Parents and Guardians (Español)

Note:  Due to the complexity of bus routing activities at the beginning of the new school year, and for student safety and communication reasons, requests for bus stop changes will not be processed between August 15 thru September 15, 2017.

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.

Daycare/Alternate Site/Parent Transport: Change Request Form

Please select this form (English) (Español) to submit changes to daycare, alternate site or parent transport information for AM pick up (before school) and/or PM drop off (after school).  This form should only be used to submit changes to bus stop related information AFTER Online Enrollment has been submitted for the 2017-2018 school year:

Note: Please allow a minimum of three (3) days for processing.  Approved changes in transportation are posted in Parent Portal 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 Orchestra (Mon-Thurs): Online Transportation Request Form

Please select this form (English) (Español) to request school bus transportation on an early morning middle school bus to attend 5th grade orchestra at Harbor Lights or Macatawa Bay Middle School.  Transportation for this program is open to ALL eligible 5th grade students enrolled in orchestra (Mon-Thurs):

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

Orchestra for Advanced Math Students (Fri ONLY): Online Transportation Request Form

Please select this form (English) (Español) to request school bus transportation on an early morning middle school bus to attend 5th grade orchestra (for advanced math students on Friday’s ONLY) at Harbor Lights or Macatawa Bay Middle School.  Transportation for this program is open to ALL eligible 5th grade advanced math students enrolled in orchestra (Fri-only):

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

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

Please 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 or Macatawa Bay Middle School.  Transportation for this program is open to eligible bus riders from the North Holland (NH) and Pine Creek (PC) attendance areas ONLY:

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

Note:  Due to the complexity of bus routing activities at the beginning of the new school year, and for student safety and communication reasons, requests for bus stop changes will not be processed between August 15 thru September 15, 2017.

Administrative Guidelines – Transportation

The following administrative guidelines ensure proper implementation of the Board of Education’s policy on Transportation:

8600.001 Pupil Transportation Service Operating Parameters

8600.002 Pupil Transportation Service Eligibility

8600.003 Pupil Transportation Designation of Hazardous Conditions

8600.004 Pupil Transportation Space Available Service

8600.005 Pupil Transportation Service to Daycare/Alternate Site

8600.006 Pupil Transportation Service to Boys & Girls Club

8600.007 Pupil Transportation Use of Bus Pass for Emergency Situations

8600.009 Pupil Transportation Student Conduct and Corrective Action

8600.100 Pupil Transportation Service Appeal Process

Transportation Appeal Form (English) (Español)

Note:  Due to the complexity of bus routing activities at the beginning of the new school year, and for student safety and communication reasons, requests for bus stop changes will not be processed between August 15 thru September 15, 2017.

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 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document has been developed to assist parents/guardians in finding common answers to important questions regarding pupil transportation.

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is organized into three unique sections:

  • Section 1 – BUS STOP RELATED QUESTIONS
  • Section 2 – SCHOOL BUS RELATED QUESTIONS
  • Section 3 – GENERAL TRANSPORTATION RELATED QUESTIONS

Note:  Due to the complexity of bus routing activities at the beginning of the new school year, and for student safety and communication reasons, requests for bus stop changes will not be processed between August 15 thru September 15, 2017.

photo of the outside of a school bus

Contact Information – Transportation

West Ottawa Public Schools Transportation Department
342 W Lakewood Blvd
Holland, MI  49424-1902

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

Office hours: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (M-F) | Telephone lines staffed: 5:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (M-F)

Administrative Staff – Transportation

portrait of Director of Transportation Paul Wegmeyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Fatima Hawkins, Administrative Assistant (AM)
Phone: (616) 786-2041

Henry Marin, Administrative Assistant (PM)
Phone: (616) 786-2041

Dianne Overway, Route Coordinator
Phone: (616) 786-2044

Julie Schrotenboer, Route Clerk
Phone: (616) 786-2042

Curt Alofs, Fleet Mechanic (AM)
Phone: (616) 786-2046

Chuck Wittingen, Fleet Mechanic (PM)
Phone: (616) 786-2047

 

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