News 12 @ 11 o'clock / Tuesday, August 5, 2014
COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's a day kids have probably been dreading for weeks but it's finally here.
On Wednesday, students in one of our area's biggest counties head back to school and that could mean more time added to your commute, whether your kids go to school in Columbia County or not.
Wendy Thompson's two girls head back to school tomorrow and they can't wait.
"I'm excited to see my friends because I haven't seen them in two months," her daughter Emily said.
Although, no one's excited about back to school traffic.
"My husband and I were just talking about this. He goes through two school zones on his way to work so he probably has to leave twenty minutes earlier," Thompson said.
Dewayne Porter is the director of transportation for Columbia County Schools and he said any of the roads around the 30 schools in the district will be "slammed with traffic."
Almost 200 Columbia County school buses will stop at around 7,000 bus stops tomorrow.
"Students parents and the driver alike, they have to be careful around the bus," Porter said.
Those bus drivers have to be on the look out for those students who just pop up in their mirrors. Something parents like Wendy count on for their kids' safety.
"It's a huge trust factor. It's a huge faith factor. I put them in much larger hands when they walk out my door," she said.
If that means ten more minutes of traffic, Wendy says it's worth it and Emily makes the best of it.
"I like to be with mom for that time," Emily said.
Bus drivers will still be getting used to their routes in the next few weeks and the schools are expecting more students than last year. The increase in students means there may be some changes ahead.
Columbia County will post updates to the bus routes on their website. Click here to be linked to the website.