On Your Side: School Bus Laws

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

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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  • by concerned_watcher Location: Augusta on Aug 22, 2007 at 03:25 PM
    I would just like to know how the Columbia County bus driver only got suspended for two weeks for leaving a child on the bus and will return to the same route. While the aide that was accused of spanking a child (investigation cleared her later) was out of work for two months and had was not allowed back on her assigned route. Both these individuals worked for Columbia County Board of Education but the treatment was definitely different. Why would the policy be different for a driver taking a child home and leaving that child on the bus less punishable. I just do not see how the two incidents were handled so differently. The aide was information was even shown on your program yet the driver's incident did not even get half the amount of press. I love wrdw and will continue to watch but it is incidents like this that still keeps the community divided and people thinking that there is a underlying racial problem.
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