Effingham County Schools
196 Power Company Road
Springfield, GA 31329
WELCOME TO THE SCHOOL BUS!!!
The transportation department in Effingham County is an extensive operation through which over 10,000 students maybe shuttled to and from school each day. This school year we have 167 route buses and will travel approximately 1,300,000 miles. This massive operation will require the use of 320,000 gallons of fuel. In addition to the regular routes, transportation is provided for extra activities such as field trips, sporting events, and academic competitions. Effingham County currently has 124 full-time bus drivers running 189 routes that travel approximately 7,000 miles daily.
According to the National Safety Council, school buses are the safest form of ground transportation. In fact, they are about 40 times safer than the family car. For example, the seats on a school bus are compartmentalized so that each child is surrounded in the front and rear with padded materials for extra protection in the event of a crash. All of our school buses are designed so that 3 students can be transported safely in each seat. As we have all seen on the highway, buses are equipped with an eight-way lighting system and a crossing gate, which are used to protect children while loading and unloading. Each bus is equipped with a two-way radio that allows the driver to communicate with the school or bus shop in times of emergency. On each bus, large overhead and side mirrors enable the driver to see in all directions, however students must obey crossing instructions from the driver. Exits at the rear, front, on the sides, and through the roof are provided to evacuate in emergency situations. Finally, utmost care is given to assure that our school buses are well maintained. Each bus is inspected daily by the driver, monthly by our mechanics, and annually by the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety.
The most important safety feature on a school bus is the passenger. It is vitally important that all who ride school buses know the rules and obey them. Safe riders observe good conduct and regulations and, consequently reduce the likelihood of accidents or injuries. The same conduct that students exhibit in the classroom is expected on the bus. Transportation is provided to all students who reside in Effingham County; however a student may loose their riding privilege if proper conduct is not displayed.
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY RULES
1. Students should observe the same rules as in the classroom.
2. Students should respect their bus driver and cooperate with his/her instructions or requests.
3. Students are prohibited from fighting or “rough housing”, which includes disruptive behavior such as pushing, shoving, shouting, slapping, pinching, kicking, etc.
4. Students are prohibited from having drugs, alcohol, weapons, fireworks or tobacco products in their possession when riding the school bus.
5. Students should remain in their assigned seats when the bus is moving and keep their hands and feet out of the aisle and off other riders or their property.
6. Students should keep their head, hands and feet inside the bus at all times.
7. Students should not use profane, vulgar or obscene language or gestures to anyone on or outside the school bus.
8. Students should not eat, drink or chew gum on the bus.
9. Students should not damage any portion of the interior or exterior of the school bus or its equipment.
10. Students are prohibited from having toys, tape players and radios in their possession when riding the school bus.
11. Students must remain absolutely quiet at all railroad crossings.
12. Students should not use tobacco products at the bus stop or on the school bus.
13. Students should not have things dangling from their book bags. Any excessively long straps should be pulled tight or cut off.
BUS SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
Bus service is provided to and from a student’s home and school. Bus conduct rules must be obeyed. Failure to do so may result in the suspension of bus privileges. Parents are responsible for their children going to and from the bus stop and while they are waiting at the bus stop. Students who want to ride a different bus home, or get off at a different stop must have a note from home that is approved by the school office. Students must be at their designated bus stop when the bus arrives. Students are expected to arrive at the bus stop five (5) minutes before the scheduled pick-up time. Buses cannot wait for latecomers. Go back home for help if you miss the bus. Never walk to another bus stop! Never have parents drive students to another bus stop. GaDOE rules. Only Effingham County Public School students are authorized to ride the bus. The Transportation Coordinator must approve anyone else to ride the bus.
Although we are committed to the safety of students on the bus and at the bus stop, there are situations that require your assistance and participation in order to ensure the safety of your children when walking to and from the bus stop. Sometimes, children can be exposed to a dangerous situation because of their own or other’s behavior.
School bus stops are located as close as possible to the student’s home. If a residence is in a populated area, stops will be determined with the majority of student’s interests in mind. In other areas, such as housing developments or complexes, central locations are used as bus stops. State regulations require that bus stops be spaced at least one-tenth (1/10) of a mile or more apart on major highways. State provisions also require that children walk no more than ½ mile to their assigned stop. Bus travel down private roads that are not county maintained is not permitted. Exceptions are allowed in response to a safety hazard. Bus drivers are not permitted to deviate from their routes without permission from the Transportation Coordinator. Buses are not permitted to travel on closed or flooded roads. Bus stops served by such a road will be temporarily relocated to the closest safe location. Service will be restored when conditions permit.
BUS LOADING AREAS
Each school has an area of the campus that is used strictly for the loading and unloading of students from the school bus. Automobiles that are in these restricted areas pose a dangerous safety hazard to students and will be stopped or moved.
If severe weather should force the closing or early dismissal of school, local radio and television stations will broadcast information
as soon as possible.
We observe the following policy: LACK OF SUPERVISION – Policy 2104.4
Georgia Dept. of Human Resources
Children eight years or younger should not be left alone.
Children between the ages of nine years and twelve years, based on level of maturity, may be left alone for brief periods of time (less than two hours); and,
Children thirteen years and older, who are at an adequate level of maturity, may be left alone and may perform the role of babysitter, as authorized by the parent, for up to twelve hours.
Have an adult visible to receive your small children eight years or younger
If you need further information regarding bus routes, schedules, or bus policy, call the school
your child attends or the Effingham County Board of Education Transportation Office
at 754-3574 weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.