School Bus Safety
Providing a safe and orderly school does not begin at the school house doors. Students safety starts when the school bus begins its early morning route and extends until the last child is safely home. Safety is a shared responsibility that exists between school employees, the student, and the parents.
This documentation has been designed to share vital information to all three groups in an effort to heighten the awareness of the rules and guidelines needed for a safe student transportation system. It is the desire of the Person County Board of Education to provide the safest and most efficient transportation system in our state. Your help in this effort is greatly appreciated.
Central Services - (336) 599-2191
Dr. Rodney Person, Superintendent
BUS STOP CONCERNS
If you have a concern about the safety or location of your child’s bus stop, you may request a stop location change by completing a Stop Concern Form. You may obtain this form from your child’s school office or the Person County Schools’ Website. If you need assistance in completing the Stop Concern Form, please contact the bus garage at (336) 599-5672 or your child's school.
How to Avoid the Bully on the Bus
Talk with your bus driver, teacher, principal, and parent when bullying happens.
- Ask for your assigned seat to be moved away from the bully.
- Sit as close to the bus driver as possible and on the right-hand side of the bus so you are visible to the driver.
- Pair up with a neighborhood friend and ride the bus together.
- Ignore or laugh off the situation.
- Be polite to someone who tries to bully you rather than reacting with anger; fighting back should never be an option and will only make the situation worse.
- Stand up for other students who are being bullied.
Crossing the Street to Board and Exit the School Bus Instructions
- Stay on your side of the road, 12 feet away from traffic.
- Wait for the bus to stop and the stop arm to extend. The driver will be holding his left palm up for you to wait for traffic to stop.
- Stop and look for traffic both ways, then check again. When it is ok the driver will give you a “thumbs up” and then point in the direction you will walk to cross the street.
- Look for moving traffic both ways as you walk directly across the road.
- Cross 12 feet in front of the bus in full view of your driver. Be careful in the danger zone and board the bus without delay.
- Look for traffic in all directions, especially to your right, before you step off the bus. Cars sometimes pass on the right side. When ok...
- Walk away from the right front of the bus in full view of your driver, going past the extended bus crossing arm. Then stop and...
- Your bus driver will be holding his right palm up for you to wait until traffic is stopped.
- When it is ok to cross, the driver will give you a “thumbs up” and then point in the direction you will walk to cross the street.
- Look for moving traffic as you promptly cross and move 12 feet off the road.
NC School Bus Stop Law
THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA RELATIVE TO SCHOOL BUS ROUTES:
Policy Code: 6515 Student Release from Buses
Transportation employees, school bus drivers and/or monitors will not release any student from a bus that is broken down or involved in an accident. A school administrator or designee must be present to release the students and to ensure that students are released to only approved persons.
Legal References: None Adopted: March 9, 2010
G.S. Chapter 115C - 246(b) - School bus routes.
Unless road or other conditions shall make it advisable to space, public school buses shall be routed on state-maintained highways that the school bus, to which such pupil is assigned, shall pass within one mile or more from the school to which such pupil is assigned.
N.C. Administrative Code, Title 16, Chapter 6B.0104
(a) Superintendent shall plan bus routes in a way designed to conserve fuel and to use buses efficiently.
(b) A route may not deviate from a general path of direction of a distance of less than one-half mile and then return to the original path except for groups of 10 or more pupils in grades K-3 or special education students.
(c) Unless Safety factors require otherwise, superintendents may not plan bus stops closer together than 0.2 miles. Each student must be at the designated stop at the time of the bus’s arrival.
The laws of the State of North Carolina relative to trespassing, damaging or
impeding the progress of a public school bus:
(a) Any person who shall unlawfully and willfully demolish, destroy, deface, injure, burn or damage any public school bus or public school activity bus shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
(b) Any person who shall enter a public school bus or public activity bus after being forbidden to do so by the authorized school driver in charge thereof, or the school principal to whom the public school bus or public activity bus is assigned, shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
(c) Any occupant of a public school bus or public school activity bus who shall refuse to leave said bus upon demand of the authorized driver in charge thereof, or upon demand of the principal of the school to which said bus is assigned, shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
(d) Any person who shall unlawfully and willfully stop, impede, delay, or detain any public school bus or public school activity bus being operated for public school purposes shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.