Friday, August 17, 2012

Bus roll out signals start of the school year

The annual bus roll out has become the most visible symbol of the
start of a new school year. This year, bus drivers will conduct dry
runs from Aug. 20-25. Buses will begin transporting students on the
first day of school, Aug. 27.

Approximately 950 school buses will conduct dry runs over the five-day
period. Drivers will practice their routes to become familiar with bus
stop locations. Drivers will not pick up students during the dry runs.
The buses will be on the roads from approximately 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. It
is important that the motoring public plan for a little extra time in
their morning commute next week.

We ask that all drivers exercise extreme caution around stopped school
buses. The community is an important partner in creating a safe
opening of schools for CMS students.

Parents should check the location of their child's bus stop before
school starts. Suggestions for parents and children include:
· Walk to and from your child's bus stop to become familiar
with the location.
· Ensure that your child arrives at his/her stop 10 to 15
minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
· Tell children to cross the street in front of the school bus
after activation of the stop arm and hazard lights.
· Remind children to tell the bus driver if something is
dropped near the bus.
· Remind children to tell a school administrator or police
officer about any disruptive behavior or suspicious activity at stops.

Transportation information is being mailed to families. This includes
bus stop locations, pick up and drop off times and bus route numbers.
Parents with questions about transportation or a bus stop should call
the school or the transportation office at 980-343-6715.

Parents can also fill out a transportation service request form online
to request changes to their child's transportation schedule.