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Cecil County Public Schools Transportation
Welcome back to the 2013-2014 school year.
Transportation is continuing its effort to help CCPS preserve funds directed toward the classroom. You will continue to see a focus of reducing miles and time on bus routes through routing efficiency, placement of stops, enforcement of the quarter mile separation between stops, reduction of stops inside developments, and loss of interior service for those developments that no longer qualify. In addition this year we have reduced the bus fleet by five buses.
“Real Time GPS” has proven itself to help save money and provide useful data to both parents and students and we have equipped all of our route buses with real time GPS.
We are continuing with the sealed envelope for the bus information notification. Please review your Bus Stop Notice carefully for the location of the bus stop as it may have changed. Drivers are authorized to stop only at those bus stop locations.
You should receive a Bus Stop Notice for each student that is eligible for bus service that is enrolled at the end of the day Tuesday, August 5, 2013. Notices should start arriving at student homes by August 9 and if you do not receive your bus stop information by August 15, please contact your school.
Also as a reminder, if you have moved, make sure you notify the school BEFORE August 2, 2013, so they can correct your address since all student information for bus routes comes from the schools database. Based on that information we place stops and assign student to bus stops. If your student’s address is incorrect on the Bus Stop Notice, please contact the school first and allow one to two workdays for the student to be reassigned to a different bus stop.
Please discuss with your student the importance of proper bus behavior. Improper student behavior that distracts the driver from watching the road jeopardizes all the students on the bus. Reinforce your expectation of safe behavior while on the bus. Your help and support will result in a safer, more pleasant ride to and from school for all students and will prevent your child from receiving negative consequences for unsafe behavior. Please understand that when students receive disciplinary consequences it is to reinforce safe behaviors so that they become safe bus riders.
After the first day bus pick up times will be adjusted by the driver so students need to arrive early those first five days until the runs settle into a rhythm. Students need to be at the bus stop, ready to load on time, and be visible to the driver as the bus approaches the stop. They are safer at the stop before the bus arrives than running to the stop after it arrives and less chance of missing the bus. Drivers are required to slow and look for students at the authorized bus stop but are not required to stop if no one is visible. Please do not ask the driver for special stops or arrangements as that may subject the driver to disciplinary action or result in a substitute driver missing the pickup.
Police continue to tickets motorists who do not stop for the red lights of the bus while it is loading and unloading because they were either inattentive, distracted, or who chose to disobey the law. While it has gained national attention with many states passing tougher laws with increased penalties for violation, students need to be reminded to wait for the bus driver to signal it is ok to cross and LOOK both ways before crossing.
Thank you for helping Cecil County Public Schools support student safety.
Supervisor of Transportation
If you have questions email CCPS Transportation WebMaster at WebMasterTrans@ccps.org