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Transportation Department Information

McDuffie County Schools

During the first few weeks of school, please allow a 15-minute window for the bus to arrive at your child's bus stop.

The McDuffie County school system use Edulog bus routing and scheduling software to track which student belongs on which bus, and where that bus has been and should be going, with nearly instantaneous certainty. This program saves money and improves our district's efficiency. Most important is that it provides safety for students. The system warns if an assigned stop requires a child to cross a hazardous street or is in a hazardous location. It displays pickup and drop-off times.

Students are assigned to a specific a.m. and p.m. bus stop (usually the home address). Once a bus stop is assigned, it is permanent and can only be changed by written request for "Special Permission" to ride another bus. (Forms can be picked up at any school or the Transportation Department) The student will then be assigned to the appropriate bus. Please allow 3 days for this change.

If you have questions, please call Edith Smith, McDuffie County Schools Transportation Department, at (706) 986-4081 between 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bus Routes and Regulations

Bus stops are permanent for the school year unless the Routing Supervisor approves a change.

The standard walking distance to already established bus routes shall be no more than one-half mile. In addition to the standard walking distance, road conditions and satisfactory turnaround places shall be considered in planning routes.

A bus stop should not be located within an intersection or within 30 feet of any flashing beacon, stop sign or traffic control signal.

No stops near railroad crossings.

No stops in curves or areas with limited sight distance, such as the crest of a hill.

Students must have a safe place to stand. Students should have sufficient room to wait safely off the roadway.

Bus stops will not be where cars regularly park. Students should not have to go between parked cars.

No stops at businesses. Unless it is a state approved Day Care Facility.

Stops will be where it can be seen by approaching vehicles at least by 300 feet.

Stops should not be located so as to force students to cross multiple lanes of traffic.

Stops will be located no closer than one-10th of a mile from each other.

Stops should be made to allow students to walk away from the bus. They must walk in front of the bus or at an angle away from the bus -- never behind the bus.

Drivers are not required to make stops where students are not waiting at the stop location. Driver will wait, when possible for students they see hurrying to the bus stop. Students will be referred to the school administrator for disciplinary action if this occurs frequently.

The behavior of students at the bus stop is the responsibility of the parents/guardians. Adults should be present at all elementary stops. Supervision of students by McDuffie County schools begins when students board the school bus.

All routes run daily -- buses experiencing mechanical problems may be late; however, students will be picked up.

Most McDuffie County school buses can carry 66 students. State law provides that a school bus may have up to a 20 percent overload above capacity, allowing an additional 13 students for a total of 79. It is not the policy of McDuffie County schools to routinely permit standing. Every effort is made to provide children with a seat.

Students will be assigned to a seat and will be expected to remain in that seat until the bus arrives at the students' designated bus stop/school.

The main responsibility of the driver is to operate the bus safely. Drivers will report any student presenting a discipline problem to the local school administrator for action.

School administrators may suspend students from the bus.

Web posted on Thursday, August 06, 2009

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