Bus Safety

News Release from Damon Raines
October 16-20-School Bus Safety Week/Transportation Appreciation Week
The members of the Walker County Board of Education would like to take a moment and recognize our Transportation Department Employees as we enter “School Bus Safety Week/Transportation Appreciation Week.” Thank you for the service you provide to our students each day. The attention to detail from the employees in this department has always been impressive and is the key to making them a success. We are grateful for your hard work, perseverance, patience, and dedication to your profession. Your amazing contribution in this educational journey continues to keep our students safely on the path toward Graduation and into a successful future.
Please join the Superintendent and the members of the Board of Education as we honor each employee working with our students in any Transportation Department capacity; you are greatly appreciated.

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“I urge all Georgians to pay close attention to school buses and brush up on the law regarding passing stopped buses,” Superintendent Woods said. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our children, and following this law may very well mean saving a life. I ask for your participation in making sure our students can travel safely to school.”

A warning that a bus stop is about to take place will always be given with the flashing amber lights on the front and rear of the school bus. Upon seeing these flashing amber lights, vehicles approaching the school bus from both the front and rear should immediately slow down and prepare to stop. All drivers must pay special attention to children, be focused, and exercise caution when in the vicinity of a school bus stop, as student riders can sometimes be unpredictable. Once the bus is fully stopped, the flashing red lights will activate and the stop arm will deploy. Vehicles must stop and should remain stopped until all loading students are aboard in the morning or all unloading passengers have cleared 12 feet off the roadway in the afternoon. Motorists should proceed with caution only after passengers have cleared the roadway, the stop arm is canceled and the flashing red lights are deactivated.