On Your Side: School Bus Laws

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News 12 at 6, August 15, 2007

Augusta--With all of these bus problems that have been reported over the past few days, you may wondering what the rules and regulations are for the buses your child rides to school.

12 is on your side with some answers.

Sending your child away on the bus for the first time can be a scary thing, there's always a little bit of apprehension that they'll be ok.

The rules for both South Carolina and Georgia are pretty clear cut and they're designed to make sure your child gets to and from school safely.

In both states, drivers are required to do a post-trip inspection. That's designed specifically to make sure a student hasn't fallen asleep in the back and missed their stop.

If they have missed their stop, the driver may take them back to the stop or call their parent or guardian to come and pick them up.

As far as making sure your young one gets off at the right stop, that falls upon the individual school to decide how they'll do that.

Often times, the very young ones who are in kindergarten, first or second grade are required to wear a tag that has their address and bus stop on it.

There are some things you can do to help the situation out.

Most young kids don't know exactly where they live, so make sure they have their address and phone number memorized.

And also make sure there's an adult at the bus stop to pick them up and also one in the morning to make sure they get on o.k.

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