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School Bus Safety: What Every Driver Should Know

  October 17-21, 2022, is National School Bus Safety Awareness Week By Phillip Haldaman, Transportation Supervisor, Char-Em ISD Every school day in Michigan, nearly 17,000 school buses transport about 800,000 students to and from school. They collectively travel over 900,000 miles a day in the process. It’s literally the safest form of transportation on the […]

A drive for excellence: Char-Em ISD drivers, riders undergo day-long training

Last year, school bus drivers in Michigan reported motorists running their bus’ flashing red lights at almost 39% of their bus stops. “That’s a staggering number of illegal passes.” – Phil Haldaman, Char-Em ISD Transportation Supervisor Regular training exercises and equipment checks are part of the requirements for operating school buses, and Char-Em ISD transportation […]

Unwavering commitment to bus safety

Char-Em ISD buses receive 100 percent rating for eighth year in a row CHARLEVOIX – School children riding Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District buses and their families can feel confident that the fleet has once again received the highest safety ratings as determined by the Michigan State Police – the eighth consecutive year at 100 percent. […]

Char-Em ISD buses receive 100 percent rating for seventh year in a row

Watch our video about working as a bus driver/rider for Char-Em ISD! School children riding Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District buses and their families can feel confident that the fleet has once again received the highest safety ratings as determined by the Michigan State Police. “Our staff is razor-focused on child safety relative to their transportation […]

Unwavering commitment to bus safety

Char-Em buses receive 100 percent rating – again – in recent inspection School children riding Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District buses and their families can feel confident that the fleet has received the highest safety ratings as determined by the Michigan State Police. “Our staff is razor-focused on child safety relative to their transportation needs, and […]

April is national Distracted Driving Awareness Month

By Philip Haldaman, Char-Em ISD Transportation Supervisor   Two days before Thanksgiving in 2008 in Fort Collins, Colo., 9-year-old Erica couldn’t wait to pedal home from school on her bicycle to begin the holiday. Sadly, instead of celebrating, she was hit by a woman who was texting while driving. Erica suffered a traumatic brain injury […]

Congratulations! Two Char-Em staff members receive OPIE awards

Two Char-Em ISD staff members will be recipients of an OPIE Award at the spring ceremony recognizing Outstanding People in Education, to be held on May 8, 2019, at the Odawa Casino in Petoskey. Tracy Tunison and Debbie Elzinga will both be honored, along with other area educators. Tracy Tunison is speech pathologist for Char-Em […]

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