"Stand Back, From the Yellow and Black"
Join Us in Keeping Our Children Safe! Obey the School Bus Stop Arm Law!
Teach your children to look both ways before crossing the highway. Yes, especially at their school bus stop. Unfortunately, motorist don't always stop for the big yellow bus with flashing red lights. Did you know North Carolina buses have an eight light warning system. First, a bus driver will activate the four amber warning lights to caution a motorist, the bus is preparing to make a stop. Next, once the bus has come to a complete stop, the four red lights are activiated when the door is opened. At this time you should also be at a complete stop. In a child's eyes, they trust you to stop. Besides, a red stop sign is the universal language to stop, even a child knows this. Though this is true, we need to teach our children how to cross the road. Teach them no matter what, look out for themselves. "LOOK BOTH WAYS".
Transporting Our Most Precious Cargo!
Keeping children safe is the first, middle, and last priority of school transportation. When parents put their children on the bus, they’re trusting that their children will return to them safe and sound. Every school day, the school bus repays that trust over and over again. Simply put, the school bus is the safest way to get to school.
The federal government has even compiled statistics supporting school buses as the safest transportation option. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, students are nearly eight times safer riding in a school bus than in a car.
Like many parents, the American School Bus Council knows the school day begins and ends when children get on and off the school bus. It is clear that learning does not stop until students say goodbye to their bus driver. Once children board the bus, they are more likely to get to class than walking to school, taking public transportation, or driving themselves. Taking the bus decreases truancy, and consequently, increases the likelihood of children doing well in school.
"Safest Transportation To and From School"
Riding the yellow bus is the safest mode of transportation to and from school. Not only is it safe; it is a huge savings for parents who choose the bus ride for their children. Using the American School Bus Council fuel calculator Bladen County's total community savings in fuel cost per year by students riding school buses is $697,842 dollars. We are here for you, we want to serve each child in Bladen County with the safest and most efficient transportation possible. Apply today! We look forward to hearing from you.
Your Choice...their ride...Choose the School Bus
The following information is a public awareness campaign sponsored by the American School Bus Council and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. The fact sheets highlight the benefits of school bus transportation. The following facts give you insight into why you should choose the school bus ride for your child. Here are the hard cold facts that will help you explain why your child should ride the bus.
Our Bus Drivers
School bus drivers are our unsung heroes. We strongly believe in order to be most effective an integral working relationship among all employees is necessary to accomplish the goals set before us. Bladen County provides its citizens with certified well-trained caring individuals to transport their most precious cargo.
There are heroes in our land today that never receive any recognition.
Some of these are a child's first acquaintance with education.
Now a teacher might be the first one who comes to our mind.
But I speak of the bus driver for which the kids wait in line.
For a moment, put yourself in the bus driver's shoes,
And I'm sure you will find that it's a job you might not want to choose.
Just think what it would be like to baby sit for sixty kids or better,
And remember you must chauffeur this bus load of kids regardless of the weather.
I must admit, to be in front of a classroom with 20-30 kids wouldn't be a picnic,
But to drive 60 kids over icy roads would set my nerves on edge and make my stomach sick.
A school bus driver is like a postman and must go regardless
of rain, snow, gloom and darkest of night.
But no postman ever had to have 60 kids, clean up their mess, or break up a fight.
A child can have a bad day at school without any warning,
But can be forgotten when a bus driver says,
"Have a good evening, I'll see you in the morning"
Ask any student, what heroes of theirs never received any fame,
And I'll bet a bus driver will be among those that they name.
This poem was written by David Arnold, a custodian in Brownsville, Illinois
Preparing your Children for a Safe Bus Ride
Teaching your children these few simple school bus safety rules will help them to understand the importance of good behavior on and around the school bus.
"School Bus Safety Rules"
#1Safety Rule: Always Stay Where the Driver Can See You!
Remember the Danger Zone Areas, (10' in the Front, in the Rear, & the Passenger Side outside of the bus.
Be On Time (5 minutes early)
Walk to the Bus, Do Not Run
Stand Back From the Roadway
Stop, Look & Listen Before Crossing the Road
Stay In Your Seat
Always Obey the Driver
Respect Other Students
No Food or Drinks
Use the Handrail to Exit
Do Not Push or Shove
Stay Within the Drivers View
Always Cross 10 Feet In Front of the Bus
Please refer to the code of conduct booklets provided by Bladen County Schools for more details regarding the school bus passenger.
Your Children Are Our "Business"
" A Day in Education, Begins and Ends with Transportation"
Transportation Mission Statement
Bladen County Schools Transportation Department is committed to providing safe and efficient transportation for the boys and girls in Bladen County. We are also dedicated to providing professional support services to our students, parents, schools, central office staff, and to our community. Transportation services play a vital role in the education of our children. We believe in order to educate children we must first get them to school. It is the responsibility of the Bladen County Schools transportation staff to provide efficient and above all safe transportation for all Bladen County students.