Absolutely no food, drinks, chewing gum, or tobacco.
No loud voices, profanity, or obscene gestures.
Be seated immediately and remain seated at all times.
Keep aisle clear at all times.
Keep your body in bus at all times.
Never throw objects in or out of the bus.
No fighting, hitting, or pushing.
Help driver keep the bus clean.
Be totally silent at Railroad Crossings.
Be at bus stop 5 minutes before bus arrives ready to load.
Be 12 feet off the road.
No ear buds while loading or unloading.
Make sure to watch the driver for hand signals.
Frequently Asked Questions
One of the first things families need to know on the first day of school is which bus their child rides and what times it will pick them up and drop them off. There are several ways to learn that information.
First off, bus drivers and the families they serve will enjoy the same routes they were running at the end of last school year, so they already know their stuff!
The addition of several new buses to the fleet since last school year will mean a few new bus numbers, but the stop times and locations should be the same as last year for all households.
All new drivers will navigate their routes before school begins with a trainer on board to help them find their way. They will also have a ride-along partner familiar with the area for additional support right there on the bus during the first three days of school.
The lead driver for your child’s school will be available during the school's orientation at the beginning of the school year. Families can meet teachers, pick up schedules, and learn more about the coming year. If your child gets to ride the bus to school, be sure to visit the driver to learn more about the transportation service we provide including bus numbers and approximate start times.
How many buses and drivers does your system have?
169 buses / 129 bus drivers
How many students ride the bus in your system?
Approximately 9,500 are bus riders
What are the requirements to become a bus driver?
Our drivers must have a clear criminal record and motor vehicle report, hold a Class B commercial driver’s license with S and P endorsements, a physical exam, state Department of Transportation alcohol and drug screening, and successfully complete Whitfield County Schools Transportation bus training program including classroom instruction and behind the wheel training and evaluation. Visit Human Resources to learn more about working for Whitfield County Schools or go straight to our Jobs Application Manager to apply for any available positions.
Learning from Accidents
Every accident, regardless of severity, provides an opportunity for us to review the situation and learn to avoid similar situations in the future. Actions may include additional training, personnel action, or engineering modifications. We also monitor and discuss incidents that occur in other school districts and other parts of the country to ensure our procedures are in line with national best practices.
Our training exceeds state requirements and is constantly re-evaluated by trainers, drivers, and supervisors to ensure that we recognize trends are and appropriately address issues before they become problems.
Bus drivers for Whitfield County Schools are required to spend at least 20 hours in the classroom, 20 hours pre-trip/parking lot, 6 hours without students, and 12 hours with students for a total of approximately 58 hours. This is in addition to the annual driver in-service training and retraining of drivers with particular issues.
We are working to provide more in-service training out to drivers throughout the year, which may include periodic “mini” driver training meetings at the schools prior to afternoon bus routes and daily safety messages by radio.