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Bus Transportation Services

Bus routes and bus numbers will be published on the district website after July 15 of each school year.  Direct your questions concerning school bus transportation to the Transportation Department at 912-212-8640.

Bulloch County Schools provides bus transportation services for students. All school buses and bus stops are extensions of the classroom, so please speak with your child about proper behavior while using bus transportation services. This service is a privilege, not a right, and it may be revoked.

Young Bus Riders

Young bus riders are defined as pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade students who ride a school bus. All young bus riders who unload from a school bus alone must be met by an authorized person, unless a parent/guardian authorizes the bus driver in writing to let a young bus rider unload from the school bus alone, without being met by a designated person. A Young Bus Rider Form must be completed and signed before the first day of school by the parent or legal guardian of each young bus rider. Forms may be obtained at any elementary school or the bus garage and returned to your child’s school.

Video Surveillance Equipment on Buses

Bulloch County Schools has video surveillance equipment on all regular-route buses. The equipment is there for safety purposes and to assist the school district with alleged discipline or safety issues on a bus. Videos are used to identify any adult or child who may threaten the safety of those on board the bus. All videos from these cameras are the property of the Bulloch County Board of Education.  Every effort is made to regularly test and maintain the equipment to ensure it is in working order; however, the possibility of equipment failure exists.  Videos may be pulled by school or district administrators if they have reason to believe an alleged discipline or safety incident has occurred. Any one of these administrators may also authorize other persons or a law enforcement agency to view a video.  School bus surveillance videos can be used as evidence in disciplinary hearings.

Bus Behavior

School buses and bus stops are extensions of the classroom. For this reason students are expected to behave and follow all school and bus rules and the district’s Code of Conduct while they use bus transportation services. A student who does not abide by these rules or the Code of Conduct threatens the safety of all students and employees on the bus, and the student will be reported to a principal. The principal will determine if the student may or may not continue to have the privilege to use bus transportation services. A principal’s decision is final.

Bus Discipline

Disciplinary action for bus misbehavior is administered by the school principal or other designee at the school.  School principals have the authority to impose an immediate suspension for serious offenses. The principal may also add any other disciplinary action deemed necessary. School bus drivers do not discipline children, although they have the prerogative to assign seats or move a child from one seat to another to solve a discipline problem. If a student engages in physical acts of violence, the student will be subject to the disciplinary consequences explained under the other relevant sections in this Student Handbook. If a student is found to have engaged in bullying or in physical assault or battery of another person on a school bus, the parent or guardian of the student shall be required to participate in a meeting with appropriate school officials.

A.  Elementary Procedures for Bus Discipline are as Follows:

  1. Offense 1:  The driver will talk with a student or may reassign him/her to a new seat on the bus.  If this does not correct the misbehavior, the driver may contact the parent.  The driver will document these actions.
  2. Offense 2:  The principal will counsel with the student and warn the student. Student will be placed on probation.  Driver will provide documentation of action taken during first offense. The parent(s) or guardian(s) will be contacted.
  3. Offense 3:  Student will be suspended from riding the bus for one day.
  4. Offense 4:  Student will be suspended from riding the bus for three days.
  5. Offense 5:  Student will be suspended from riding the bus for five days.
  6. Offense 6:  Student will be suspended from riding the bus for 10 days.
  7. Subsequent offenses will warrant 10 or more days removal from bus. The principal may also add any other disciplinary action deemed necessary. 

B.  Middle  & High School Procedures for Bus Discipline are as Follows:

  1. Offense 1: The principal will counsel with the student and warn the student. Student will be placed on probation.  Driver will provide documentation of action taken during first offense. The parent(s) or guardian(s) will be contacted.
  2. Offense 2: Student will be suspended from riding the bus for one day.
  3. Offense 3: Student will be suspended from riding the bus for three days.
  4. Offense 4: Student will be suspended from riding the bus for five days.
  5. Offense 5:  Student will be suspended from riding the bus for 10 days.
  6. Subsequent offenses will warrant 10 or more days removal from bus.  The principal may also add any other disciplinary action deemed necessary. Misbehavior by students being transported to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club will not be tolerated.  Principals have the discretion to discontinue the transportation of students to the club upon the first offense of misbehavior. In addition to any other rules governing the behavior of students on school buses, every student who rides a school bus should understand that the following behaviors are specifically prohibited:
  7. Any act in violation of the Bulloch County Schools Code of Conduct.
  8. Use or any electronic devices during the operation of a school bus, including, but not limited to, cell phones; pagers; audible radios; tape or compact disc players without headphones; or any other electronic device in a manner that might interfere with the school bus communication system or the school bus driver’s operation of the school bus.
  9. Personal belongings should be left at home.  The school bus driver is not responsible for personal belongings of a student including belongings left on the bus.
  10. Use of mirrors, lasers, flash cameras, or any other lights or reflective devices in a manner that might interfere with the school bus driver’s operation of the school bus.
School Bus Safety
  1. Stay Safe at the Bus Stop
    1. Arrive at bus stop five minutes before bus is scheduled to arrive. 
    2. Do not try to get on bus as it starts to move.
    3. Have all items in your book bag before you leave home so you do not drop anything.
    4. Never chase after a bus.
    5. Never walk to another bus stop.
    6. Never allow your parents to drive you to another bus stop.
    7. If you drop something, leave it and move to a point out of the Danger Zone. Do not pick it up without getting instructions from the bus driver.
    8. Always stay away from the front and rear bus tires.
    9. Do not cross the road until you make eye contact with the driver and he/she signals you.
    10. When unloading at school:
      1. Walk (don’t run) straight towards the school.
      2. Stay away from the bus so your driver can see you.
      3. Keep walking until you get out of the Danger Zone (15 feet away from the bus).
      4. When loading at school:
        1. Walk straight towards to bus door and be sure your driver can see you.
        2. Stay away from the front and rear bus tires and board the bus quickly.
        3. Never chase a moving bus. Once the bus starts moving, you should stop moving.

B.  Stay Safe on the Bus

These are basic safety expectations to ensure the safety of all students when they ride a school bus either daily or for class and athletic trips:

a.  Be at your bus stop five minutes before your scheduled stop.

b.  Wait 15 feet from the edge of the road and do not cross the road until the driver signals you.

c.  Get on the bus, go directly to your assigned seat and stay seated while the bus is moving.

d.  Keep your hands and book bags in your lap.

e.  Keep hands and feet out of the aisles and off other riders and their property.

f.  No radios or tape/CD/DVD players (without headphones), toys, balloons, balls, bats, sharp objects or live animals are permitted on the bus.

g.  No eating, drinking or chewing gum, (this could result in choking).

h,  Keep your voices low so the driver can listen for other students or emergency vehicles.

i.  Fighting is not allowed. 

j.  No profane language 

k.  Be respectful; No disrespectful behavior toward the driver, monitor or other students will be allowed.

l.  Get off bus and go straight to your house.

j.  Clothing should not have a drawstring that could get caught in the handrail. All clothing should be worn so the child can safely load/unload the bus.

k.  Written permission from parent, signed by the principal, is required for a child to ride a bus to which he/she is not assigned. Include child’s name, destination address and date on note.