Transportation

 








Barrow County School System
Transportation


The Barrow County Schools Transportation Department makes
available school bus service for more than 13,200 students enrolled
in Barrow County Schools who reside in the school district of the
school they are attending. School transportation is provided in
conformance with pupil transportation policies and procedures
established by the State Board of Education and the Barrow County
Board of Education.

 

The school system operates over 160 buses serving more than 266 routes and covering more than 3.7 million miles in one year. Most drivers have an elementary school route and middle, high school route.  Some drivers, such as our Special Needs drivers, may serve several different schools in both their morning and afternoon routes.

 

Route Information:

 

  • Buses shall not be routed down a street or highway that does not afford a satisfactory turnaround or is otherwise unsafe for bus travel.
  • Buses are not to be routed on private property (this includes most mobile home parks and apartment complexes).
  • The Director of Transportation may make an adjustment in bus stop location, if warranted, to eliminate unsafe or hazardous conditions.
  • School bus routes are established during the summer before school starts each year.
  • Routes will be adjusted as needed after school begins to make the routes effective and efficient.
  • Bus stops on the routes are not always the same as the previous year.
  • Safety of bus riders is always our greatest concern.


Parents should:

 

  • Review bus safety rules with your child and stress the necessity of observing them.
  • Make sure your child is at the bus stop five minutes early. Never be late. Haste increases the chance of accident.
  • Remind your child to walk on the shoulder of the road on the way to the bus stop, where possible, and not on the traveled portion of the road.
  • Remind your child to wait 12 feet off the road at their assigned bus stop, wait for the bus drivers signal and always look before crossing the road.
  • Students should not move toward the bus until the bus and all traffic have stopped. Students should stop and look before crossing the road when preparing to board or depart the bus. It is very important to look - do not expect approaching traffic to stop. Your child should never move from the bus or assigned bus stop until the driver has given them the signal to do so.



How Do I Become A Bus Driver?

 

We are always looking for qualified individuals to train to become school bus drivers. We frequently offer training classes to obtain your Commercial Driver's License.

 

 

In the event that you have any additional questions please contact our transportation office at 770-867-2783.


 

Only authorized personnel are allowed aboard a school bus. Authorized personnel include the driver, transportation department employees, pupils, approved school system personnel, chaperons, and law enforcement officers.

 

Written authorization from a parent, with the signature of a local school administrator must be presented to the bus driver in order for a student to leave the school bus at any stop other than his/her regular stop.

 

On occasion a pupil may ride on a bus that they are not regularly assigned if there is space available and the pupil has written authorization from a parent signed by a local school administrator.

 

If your child misses the school bus they should call their parents. They should never chase the bus for safety reasons.

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