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Effingham County SchoolsTransportation Department196 Power Company RoadSpringfield, GA 31329Phone: 912-754-3574
WELCOME TO THE SCHOOL BUS!!!
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.
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.
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. Students are to use the stop closest to their 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.
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.
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.
PUPIL TRANSPORTATION DIVISION - Bus Stop Safety/Behavior
The following are essential behaviors for student safety while at the school bus stop. Students should:
1. Get up and get ready on time. Arrive at the bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to come.
Students have been struck by their school bus when they arrived late in the boarding process and the bus driver was unaware of their presence. The five minute target ensures the loading of the bus takes place in a routine manner, even if the student is running a couple of minutes late or the bus is running a couple of minutes early. Any break in the normal safety routine places the student in grave danger.
2. Go back home and get help or phone for assistance if you miss the bus. Get someone you know to take you to school. NEVER CHASE AFTER THE BUS, NEVER WALK TO ANOTHER BUS STOP AND TELL YOUR PARENTS TO NEVER DRIVE YOU TO ANOTHER BUS STOP. Your bus driver will not be expecting you and you will be in grave danger when approaching the unsuspecting school bus driver. It is better to be late for school and be safe!
Students have been struck by vehicles or by their school bus when they missed their bus and tried to board a school bus at an unscheduled stop. Any break in the normal safety routine places the student in grave danger.
3. Have all items in your book bag before you leave home so you don’t drop anything.
Students have been struck by other vehicles when they dropped something and went after it at the bus stop or struck by their school bus when they dropped something and tried to retrieve it when getting onto the bus.
4. Wait in a safe place, 12 feet away from traffic.
Students have been struck by passing vehicles at the bus stop when they got too close to traffic.
5. Never speak to strangers at the bus stop and never get into the car with a stranger. Tell your bus driver, your teacher or your parents if a stranger tries to talk to you or pick you up.
6. Respect the property of home owners at the bus stop and also keep the noise down.
7. Respect the rights and safety of other students.
8. Wait in a “single file” line or in an orderly group.
9. Avoid horseplay.
10. Refrain from pushing or shoving.
11. Form an orderly line as the bus approaches, with the 1st student in line standing 12 feet away from the road.
12. Keep electronic equipment packed away when preparing to board. Never use an electronic device or wear ear buds/headphones when boarding. You MUST be able to hear!
13. Wait before moving to the school bus.
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.