Welcome to MAPS Transportation

The goal of the Manistee Area Public Schools Transportation Department is to provide student transport between home and school in a safe and efficient manner. We have assembled information below to answer your questions and provide resources for your transportation needs. 

Mariners Lead the Way!

For 2024/25 we will be making some adjustments to our transportation services to better serve the needs of our students and families. Here are the key points:

    1. New Routes and Timings: We will be revising our bus routes and schedules to optimize efficiency and minimize travel time for students. More information will be sent to families closer to the start of the school year.
    2. Communication Channels: We have established clear communication channels to address any concerns or queries you may have regarding transportation. You can reach out to our Transportation Director at 231-723-4821 for assistance.
    3. Flexibility: We understand that individual circumstances may vary. If your child’s transportation needs change throughout the year, please notify us promptly so that we can accommodate your requests to the best of our ability.

We are committed to providing a safe and efficient transportation experience for all students, and your cooperation and feedback are invaluable in achieving this goal.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. Should you have any questions or require further assistance, do not hesitate to contact us.

Warm regards,
Michael Jarvis
Transportation Director
Manistee Area Public Schools
231-723-4821 or mjarvis@manistee.org

Transportation Department

Location: 602 E. Parkdale Ave., Manistee, MI 49660 | Map
Telephone: (231) 723-4821
Transportation Office Hours: M-F: 8am – 3pm

View Transportation Staff
Transportation Department (Bus Garage:  231.732.4821)
Michael Jarvis, Director of Transportation, mjarvis@manistee.org
Cassandra Adamick
Don Deleeuw
Bonnie Dutkavich
Mark Feliczak,
Marty Johnson
Donovan Kott
Scott Phillips
Linda Robbins
Jesse Starr
Eric Thuemmel
Jessica Wisner
General Transportation Information

MAPS Transportation 

The goal of the Manistee Area Public Schools transportation department is to provide student transport between home and school in a safe and efficient manner.  In keeping with this fundamental purpose we offer the following information:

  • Generally, Kennedy and MMHS students who live within 1 ½ miles of their school are not transported; this is consistent with State of Michigan guidelines.  For the Manistee Area this means West of US-31 to Cherry Road and South from River Street to 12th Street. Exceptions are made for elementary students where safety factors are an issue.


  • Door-to-door service is provided for Kindergarten students after school only.  Bus stops are established in consideration of the location of students, traffic safety, and time efficiency.


  • It is recommended that students arrive at their designated bus stop 5 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time.  In order for students to arrive at school on time buses cannot wait. The school cannot be responsible for providing supervision at bus stops; students creating problems at bus stops may be denied riding privileges.  MAPS follows progressive discipline policies for student misbehavior up to and including suspension from the bus. Please refer to your child’s school handbook for specific details.


  • The school will be responsible for transporting students to two locations.  Transportation to other locations is the responsibility of the parent.


  • For the safe loading of buses, our elementary buildings have dismissal procedures including notification of change deadlines and an early pick-up deadline.
    • Any notification of change of pick-up/drop off must be made by 2:30 PM on regular days and by 10:30 AM on half days.   Late requests will not be accepted.
    • Early pick-up must be done by 3:00 PM on regular days and by 11:00 AM on half days.  This means that you may pick up your child before 3:00 PM/11:00 AM at any of the elementary buildings or after the dismissal times listed below.


MAPS Building Dismissal Times

Jefferson:  3:25 PM (11:35 AM Half Day

Kennedy:  3:10 PM (11:25 AM Half Day)

MMHS:  2:55 PM  (11:08 AM Half Day)


Please keep in mind all our procedures are for student safety – thank you for your cooperation!

Transportation Policies



Transportation Procedures