Ken Koch, Director

        Mary Shank, Dispatcher       

(248) 537-6050  
FAX:  (248) 537-6055

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Waiting for the Bus:
  • Stay a safe distance away from  the roadway
  • No pushing or horseplay when getting on the bus
  • Only walk toward the bus after it makes a complete stop
Crossing in Front of the Bus:
  • Walk 10 feet in front of the bus
  • Look both directions
  • Look at the driver for the signal to cross
  • Keep watching the traffic as you cross
  • Never stop to pick up anything when crossing
Walking to School:
  • If you walk to school, learn and practice the safety rules for pedestrians. Always cross at crosswalks or corner to corner. Obey all traffic lights or crossing guard instructions.
Tips for Parents:
  • If your child rides a bus, have them at the bus stop 10 minutes prior to the arrival of the bus. Your child must be at the stop when the bus stops, not in a car or your home.
  • Help your child learn and practice the safety rules for walking, bicycling, or riding in a car or bus. Be a good model, especially when you are with our child.
Tips for ALL Motorists:
  • Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits.
  • Red overhead flashing lights, possibly accompanied by an extended stop arm, tells you the school bus is stopped to load or unload children. State law requires you to stop at least 20 feet from the front or rear of a school bus when red lights are flashing and not proceed until the school bus resumes motion.
  • Be alert and ready to stop. Prepare to stop for a school bus when overhead yellow lights are flashing. Drive with caution if you see the yellow hazard warning lights flashing on a moving or stopped bus. Watch for children walking in the street, especially where there are no sidewalks. Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops.
  • Watch for children arriving late for the bus who may dart into the street without looking for traffic. When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch for children walking or biking to school.
The primary goal of the Avondale School District Transportation Department is the safe transportation of students to and from school. Transportation services must also be efficient and cost effective. It is also important that parents and/or guardians assume the responsibility for bus safety at bus stops, including getting children to and from a bus stop.
Board Policy
Transportation is provided for students attending schools within the District and residing more than one-half mile walking distance from the school. Routes may be modified for safety.
How to Request a Bus Stop Change
Bus stop changes are not made before the second week of school. This period is used to adjust the bus routes and to make sure all qualified students have a bus route assignment.

  • If all the requests for additional stops in subdivisions are granted, it would have an enormous effect on the bus schedule and your student's ride time. Therefore, additional stops are normally not approved even though the bus drives by your house.
  • All request changes must be made in writing. No phone requests will be considered. Click here to obtain a Bus Stop Change Form or pick one up at the Transportation Office.
  • All requests are reviewed and a written response will be provided. This process may take up to two weeks, depending on the number of request submitted.
  • If the Transportation Department does not solve the problem to your satisfaction, you may request an appeal to the Transportation Committee. This committee consists of parents and District personnel. They will review your request in light of State law, Board policy, and District procedures.
    Requests must be made in writing to:
    Transportation Committee / Avondale School District
    1435 1/2 W Auburn Road 
    Rochester Hills, MI  48309
    A meeting will be set up as promptly as possible.
Additional Information and Tips
  • Why are students asked to be at the bus stop 10 minutes prior to their pick up time?
We ask students to be at their designated bus stop 10 minutes before their scheduled time because the bus could arrive early on some days. If students are at the stop early and are ready to board the bus (not waiting in cars) it lessens the chance that a student could be injured while running to board the bus as they may fall while running. Additionally, the driver of a passenger car waiting for students to board a bus may not see a late student running to the bus. The result could be the passenger car's driver running into the student causing serious injuries to the student.
  • Rainy and Cold Mornings
The District understand that it my be raining or the winter mornings may be very cold. Please dress your child in warm clothes and furnish them with rain wear so that they can safely wait at their bus stop.
  • Parents waiting at or near the bus stop to insure the safety at the stop are welcome.
We appreciate the opportunity to serve the families of the Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Township, Rochester Hills, and Troy communities, and we hope we can satisfactorily resolve any concerns you may have regarding your child's transportation to and from school.

If you have questions or concerns please contact Avondale Transportation at 248-537-6050.
Download a printable version of the Avondale School District Transportation Department brochure here.