May 2021

busThe wheels on the bus…….


Please see the important information below about busing for 2021-2022!


You must submit a Transportation request online if any of the following applies to your student:

  • No longer needs busing for 2021-2022
  • Will need busing but has changes in pick up and/or drop off locations
  • Will need busing but is changing school buildings in 2021-2022

You do not need to submit a request if there are no changes to busing needs as listed above.


Busing requests for the 2021-2022 school year must be submitted by June 25, 2021.  All submissions received after this date will receive the closest bus stop available.


Please visit https://forms.gle/pqNMrMSHckgZ48j79 to submit a Transportation request.



Bus routes change every year.  We advise all parents/guardians to review busing information prior to the 1st day of school. 


2021-2022 busing information will be available to view the after August 16th, 2021 on our online bus tracking system EDULOG*.  To find out more information on how to register – please visit www.jpsonline.org/our-district/departments/transportation/gps-tracking/


*For families who are not able to use the internet to submit a request or view their student’s busing information – please feel free to call our office at 616-457-3740 and someone will be able to assist you.

REMINDER: High school doors are accessible with student key cards beginning at 7:30 am.  Due to COVID restrictions we ask that students not arrive before that time.  If you have an extenuating circumstance, please contact the main office.  Those students with a zero hour have access beginning at 6:45 am.  

indexCalling IN a Student

  • If your student is ill, or coming in late,
    • BEFORE 8am, call 457.3400, press 1 for attendance
    • If Mrs. Schaaf doesn’t answer please leave a message with
      • Student’s name – with the spelling of the last name
      • Grade
      • Reason for your student’s absence including symptoms
      • Your relation to the student
    • If your student arrives at school late, they will need to sign in at the main office.
    • If your student has an appointment during the school day, please remember to provide the school with a medical excuse to medically clear the absence.  

Calling OUT a Student

  • If your student needs to leave school during the day,
    • AT LEAST 2 HOURS PRIOR to the time you need your student released, call 457.3400, press 1 for attendance. 
    • If Mrs. Schaaf doesn’t answer, please leave a message with
      • Student’s name – with the the spelling of the last name
      • Grade
      • Time your student needs to be released
      • The reason the student is leaving & whether or not they’re returning to school that day
    • Before leaving school, your student will need to sign out in the main office.
    • All calls to dismiss your student for an appointment need to be in BEFORE 12pm.  

Pre-Arranged Absences 3 or More Days

  • Blue pre-arranged permission forms can be picked up from Mrs. Schaaf in the main office.
  • These forms are for planned absences of 3 or more days due to surgery, vacation, out of town travel, etc.  
  • Completed forms need to be returned to the main office 5 school days PRIOR to pre-arranged absence start date.


If you change your email address or phone number, please contact Beth at bvendal@jpsonline.org or extension 3358.  We want to be sure to have the most current information possible.  If you have an address change, contact Lorri Gierman at lgierman@jpsonline.org


You can get up to $50 in FREE produce through the Double Up Food Bucks when you make purchases with your Bridge Card or Pandemic EBT student food benefits at participating Farmers Markets.  See www.westmichiganfarmmarkets.com for a listing of Farmers Markets.  The DUFB match is up to $50 a day this year.

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