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Descriptor Code: ED
Student Transportation Management  
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The Barrow County Board of Education shall provide bus transportation for students living more than 1-1/2 miles from school as necessary to provide equal educational opportunities for all children and youth.  The Director of Transportation shall direct and supervise the student transportation system for the district.  


The director shall be responsible for recommending personnel, planning school bus routes, determining equipment to be repaired and maintained and taking care of other transportation needs of the system.


The Board shall purchase enough buses to insure the transportation of those students who need it.


The district student transportation system shall be operated in accordance with the state laws governing such transportation.


Each bus driver shall compile a list of names of students transported and maintain a current seating chart.  The list of names shall be kept current from day to day.


Each bus, as nearly as possible, shall maintain a regular schedule.


No bus shall wait longer than one minute past schedule at any point for any pupil.


No bus shall attempt to pass another bus that is in operation.


A driver shall not cause a pupil to get off the bus at any place other than home or school.


Bus drivers and monitors are expected to attend all meetings or clinics held during the year. All bus drivers and/or system Commercial Driver's License (CDL) holders who operate a school bus shall be knowledgeable of and comply with all federal laws, state laws, and State Board of Education rules regarding traffic laws pertaining to the operation of school buses and on school bus operations and safety.


All system Commercial Driver's License holders shall participate in annual mandatory training activities on traffic laws pertaining to the operation of school buses and safety as established by State Board of Education rules and comply with procedures or regulations related to school bus operations and safety.


The bus driver will determine daily if the bus is operating properly by performing pre-trip and post-trip inspection. All equipment shall be in proper operating order in compliance with all federal laws, state laws and State Board of Education rules.  


The transportation department must inspect each school bus on a monthly bases and comply with all federal laws, state laws, and State Board of Education rules that apply to school bus inspections and proper operation of school buses.


In crossing a railroad track, the bus driver shall bring his/her bus to a complete stop, open the door, and observe all safety procedures.


All school bus stops shall be established and maintained by all federal laws, state laws and State Board of Education rules. 


The safety of students is the first consideration when determining bus stop locations.  The Georgia Department of Education determines the guidelines for location of the bus stops.  Barrow County buses will travel streets or street segments that are at least three tenths (3/10) miles in length, however there must be a safe turnaround area for the school bus. Bus stop locations will normally be placed no closer than one-tenth (1/10) mile along a street, road, or cul-de-sac.  Curbside service will only be rendered if the student is non-ambulatory.


When children who live on the opposite side of the road are being picked up, they shall be instructed to remain on their side until the bus has stopped, the mechanical stop signal has been extended, the door has opened, and the school bus driver has given the system hand signal to cross the road safely.  The same procedure shall be followed when students are being left off after the school day.


The door shall be left open until the students have cleared the highway, safely.


Bus drivers shall not permit pupils to get on or off buses while it is in motion.




Barrow County School System
Date Adopted:  11/2/1999
Last Revised:  3/1/2011

Policy Reference Disclaimer: These references are not intended to be part of the policy itself, nor do they indicate the basis or authority for the board to enact this policy. Instead, they are provided as additional resources for those interested in the subject matter of the policy.

Note: The State of Georgia has moved the Georgia Code. This new environment no longer allows us to link directly to the Georgia Code. For example enter 20-02-0211 in the search window and the Georgia Code will appear.
State Reference Description
O.C.G.A 20-01-0010 Certification by Public Service Commission required prior to contracting with motor or contract carrier
O.C.G.A 20-02-0188 Student transportation
O.C.G.A 20-02-0504 Authority to contract for pupil transportation
O.C.G.A 20-02-0779 Care of students with diabetes
O.C.G.A 20-02-1071 Transportation contracts
O.C.G.A 20-02-1090 Accident insurance for children on school buses
O.C.G.A 20-02-1091 Payment of bus insurance premiums
O.C.G.A 32-06-0200 Installation of protective devices at grade crossings
O.C.G.A 36-80-0020 Decal or seal required on vehicles owned or leased
O.C.G.A 40-02-0037 Registration and licensing of vehicles of state and political subdivisions
O.C.G.A 40-06-0160 Speed limits
O.C.G.A 40-06-0161 Headlights to be lit when transporting children
O.C.G.A 40-06-0163 Duty of driver of vehicle meeting or overtaking school bus; reporting of violations
O.C.G.A 40-08-0110 School bus equipment requirements
O.C.G.A 40-08-0112 Compliance with State Board Bus Specifications
Rule 160-4-2-.14 Instructional Extension
Rule 160-4-8-.18 Diabetes Medical Management Plans
Rule 160-5-3-.01 Purchase of School Buses
Rule 160-5-3-.02 Contracted Transportation Services
Rule 160-5-3-.03 School Bus Inspections
Rule 160-5-3-.04 School Bus Insurance
Rule 160-5-3-.10