DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
TRANSPORTATION OF NONPUBLIC SCHOOL CHILDREN
(By authority conferred on the superintendent of public instruction by section 1322 of
1976 PA 451, MCL 380.1322; and Executive Reorganization Order No. 1996-7, MCL
R 340.281 Transporting pupils within district only; exceptions; private car.
Rule 1. (1) All of the following apply if a school district transports pupils within the
district but does not transport public school pupils outside the district, other than students
with a disability:
(a) The school district may transport resident nonpublic school pupils to points within
the district for transportation out of the district to state-approved nonpublic schools.
(b) The school district may transport resident nonpublic school pupils to points within
the district for re-transportation within the district to state-approved nonpublic schools.
(c) If the shortest public route of travel of a school bus transporting both resident public
and resident nonpublic school pupils requires the school bus to travel from 1 part of the
district through a portion of another district back into the district, the school district may
transport nonpublic schoolchildren to and from the point along the regular route nearest
or most accessible to a state-approved nonpublic school in the other district.
(d) The board of education of the school district shall not establish the attendance areas
of nonpublic schools.
(e) The board of education of the school district shall request in writing from state-
approved nonpublic school officials the information necessary for planning for the
transportation of nonpublic schoolchildren. The nonpublic school officials shall furnish
the information requested in writing.
(f) The board of education of the school district shall establish bus routes, bus time
schedules, and school bus policies for all pupils transported.
(g) The board of education of the school district shall review with state-approved
nonpublic school officials prior to opening of schools the bus routes, bus time schedules,
and school bus policies established. The board of education may modify the bus routes,
bus time schedules, and bus policies.
(h) The board of education of the school district may contract for transportation by
private car for transportation of schoolchildren within the district whenever the board of
education determines that the cost is excessive for transportation by bus of children living
in locations isolated from their schools.
(2) As used in this rule, “private car” means a privately owned vehicle with a passenger
capacity, including the driver, of 10 or less.
History: 1979 AC; 2012 AACS; 2018 AACS.