The Douglas County School Transportation Department makes available school bus service for more than 25,000 students enrolled in Douglas 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 Douglas County Board of Education.
The school system operates over 328 buses serving more than 450 routes averaging over 12,000 miles daily. Most drivers have an elementary school route and either a middle or a high school route. Some drivers, such as our Special Needs Drivers, may serve several different schools in both their morning and afternoon routes.
Transportation is also provided for a wide variety of school-related activities.
Douglas County's school bus fleet meets all national and state safety specifications. Each bus undergoes an annual safety inspection by the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety, as well as a monthly safety inspection conducted by our own Transportation fleet mechanics.
Bus drivers complete an intensive training program and must pass the road and written test required to secure a commercial driver's license (CDL), with Passenger, School Bus, and School Bus Watch endorsements They undergo a physical examination before employment, including a drug test, and again at the beginning of each school year. They are also subject to random drug testing through out the school year.
School transportation is a privilege and to maintain this privilege, a student must abide by established bus conduct rules. A pupil's transportation privilege may be suspended or revoked if conduct creates a disruption or safety hazard on the school bus. The principal or his/her designee handles all disciplinary action taken for misconduct on the school bus.
Only authorized personnel are allowed aboard a school bus. Authorized personnel include the driver, transportation department employees, pupils, approved school system personnel, chaperones, 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.
- 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.
- Watch for children at bus stops and as they get on or off the bus.
- Use special caution during school hours and obey school bus "Stop" arms.
- Always watch for the unexpected.
- Make sure your child is at the bus stop five minutes early. Never be late. Haste increases the chance of an accident.
- Review bus safety rules with your child and stress the necessity of observing them.
- The bus driver is an employee of the school system and merits the respect and courtesy due all school personnel. Teach your child to obey the bus driver.
- Actively cooperate with school officials and school bus drivers regarding appropriate conduct of your child at the bus stop and on the bus.
- Student behavior on school buses is considered an extension of classroom behavior. Students whose conduct affects their safety or the safety of others on board must receive careful attention. Parents play an important role in educating children on the rules of school bus safety.
- 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 in a safe place, well off the road, until the bus comes to a stop.
- 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.
- Periodically remind your child of the importance of mannerly and orderly behavior at the bus stop. Periodically check on students at the bus stop.
- Accompany very young children to the bus stop and meet them on their return from school when possible.
- Parents should not have conversations with the drivers during loading and unloading of students. The driver needs to be focused on the students following safety procedures during this time, cannot hold traffic, and need to stay on time during their route. If you need to speak with the driver, contact local school administration to set up a meeting the driver.