* * UPDATE * *
As of 1:30 pm today, it appears that phone service throughout Michigan is beginning to be restored. We'll update this story as more progress is made.
I got a call from my babysitter just before 9:00am telling me that the bus never showed up to pick up the kids for school. They had been waiting for close to an hour, so I decided to drive the kids myself. When I tried calling the school, I got the message, "the number you have reached has been disconnected or is no longer in service."