Bus Contact Information
Marvin Area Transportation Specialist: Lem Roberts
Please contact Mr. Roberts with any questions or
concerns regarding bus drivers, bus schedules or routes.
Please click on the following link to review the Union County Public Schools Bus Transportation Expectations: UCPS Bus Expectations
Please contact the school administration regarding any
student issues on the bus.
Riding the school bus is a privilege afforded to public school children by the state. Students who abuse the privilege will no longer be able to ride the bus. Students must be waiting, at their bus stop, for the bus to arrive. If students are not at their bus stop, the bus will not stop, hold up traffic or blow its horn. Please have your child at the appointed stop at least 5 minutes before the scheduled time. Due to space limitations, students may not ride home on a friend’s bus. Please discuss with your child the proper behavior for riding the bus. Bus riders are asked to do 3 things:
- Face the front of the bus
- Talk quietly to the person in the seat beside them
- Remain seated at all times
Bus Riding Privileges may be Revoked for any of the Following
(North Carolina Public School Law 115-C-245)
- Refusing to be seated
- Refusing to remain seated/moving up and down the aisle while the bus is moving
- Not allowing others to be seated
- Throwing objects in or out of the bus
- Unnecessary noise, yelling or talking too loudly
- Tampering with bus equipment/emergency door
- Inappropriate language
- Distracting the driver
- Eating or drinking on the school bus
- Rude or discourteous conduct
- Bringing radios, video games or any other electronic equipment
If a student breaks a rule, the following consequences are applied:
- Warning conference with the student
- Call or note to the parent. Note must be signed and returned the next day.
- Bus conduct slip = suspended bus privileges.
Bus Conduct Slips
1 = removal for 1 day
2 = removal for 2 days
3 = removal for 3 days
4 = removal for 10 days
5 = removal at the principal’s discretion
Severe clause = suspension of bus privileges for 3 days to the remainder of the year will be determined by previous conduct slips.
Parents wishing to bring their children to school
should plan to arrive between 7:05 and 7:25 AM. Students may
be dropped off at school no earlier than 7:05. All car-riders will be
dropped off in front of the school at the sidewalk. (Students
should not be dropped off at the gravel road near the playground.)
Staff members will be present
on the sidewalk, monitoring the safety of all from 7:05 - 7:30.
Car-rider dismissal will occur after bus dismissal at @ 2:10.
All students should be dropped off and picked up in front of
Safety Tips for Parents
Have your children put everything they carry in a backpack
or school bag so that they won't drop things along the
Have them wear bright, contrasting colors so they will
be more easily seen by drivers.
Make sure they leave home on time so they can walk to
the bus stop and arrive before the bus is due. Running
can be dangerous.
Go to the bus stop with a young child and have older
children walk in groups. There is safety in numbers because
groups are easier for drivers to see.
Don't let pre-school children or pets go with your child
to the bus stop. They can be in danger near traffic.
Practice good pedestrian "Arial" size="2">If you
must walk in the street, walk single file, face traffic
and stay as close to the edge of the road as you can.
Stop and look left, right and then left again if you
must cross the street. Do the same thing at driveways
and alleys. Exaggerate your head turns and narrate your
actions so your child knows you are looking left, right
Don't let your child play running games or push and
shove at the bus stop. It is too dangerous near traffic.
Make sure your child stands off the road at a safe distance
while waiting for the bus. The child will then be out
of the way of traffic.
Warn the children that, if they drop something, they
should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the
driver and follow the driver's instructions. If they bend
over to pick up a dropped object, they might not be seen
by the driver and could be hurt if the driver pulls away
from the stop.
Remind children to look to the right before they step
off the bus. Drivers in a hurry sometimes try to sneak
by busses on the right.
Teach your children to secure loose drawstrings and
other objects that may get caught in the handrail or door
of the bus as they are exiting.
If you meet your child at the bus stop after school,
wait on the side where the child will be dropped off,
not across the street. Children can be so excited at seeing
you after school that they dash across the street and
forget the safety rules.
Teach children to cross in front of the school bus walk
Remind your children to be good bus riders. They should:
1 - Talk quietly.
- Be courteous to the driver and follow the drivers directions.
3 - Keep the aisles clear.
4 - Stay seated for the
entire bus ride.
5 - Keep all body
parts inside the bus.
Safety Tips for Students
Always walk to the bus stop. Never run.
Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk,
walk on the left facing traffic.
Always go to the bus stop about 5 minutes
before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
While at the bus stop, wait quietly in
a safe place well away from the road. Do not run around
and play while waiting.
Enter the bus in line with younger students
in front and hold the handrail while going up and down
When entering the bus, go directly to a
seat. Remain seated and facing forward for the entire
Always speak in a quite whisper on bus
so the driver will not be distracted.
Never throw things on the bus or out the
Keep the aisles clear at all times. Feet
should be directly in front of you on the floor and bookbags
should be kept on your lap.
Never play with the emergency exits. If
there is an emergency, listen to the driver and follow
Large instruments or sports equipment that
are too large to be held in your lap, should not be brought
onto the school bus.
Remain seated until the bus stops completely.
Always be silent when the bus comes to
a railroad crossing so the driver can hear if there is
Hands should be kept to yourself at all
times while riding on the bus. Fighting and picking on
others creates a dangerous bus ride.
When it is necessary to cross the street,
wait for the bus to arrive, watch for the red flashing
lights and the stop sign to be extended, and cross only
when all traffic has stopped and you have been signaled
by the bus driver. Look left, right, and left again before
Only get on and off the bus at your designated
stop. If you need to get off the bus at a different stop,
you will need a note from your parents.
If you leave something on the bus, never
return to the bus to get it. The driver may not see you
come back and they may begin to move the bus.
Always make sure that drawstrings and other
loose objects are secure before getting off the bus so
they do not get caught on the handrail or the door.
Respect the "danger zone" which
surrounds all sides of the bus.
Always remain safely away from the bus
to be out of the "danger zone" and where the
driver can see you.
Always cross the street in front of the
school bus walk arm. Never go behind the bus.
If you drop something near the bus, tell
the bus driver before you attempt to pick it up, so they
will know where you are.
Never speak to strangers at the bus stop
and never get into the car with a stranger. Always go
straight home and tell your parents if a stranger tries
to talk to you or pick you up.
Once you get off the bus in the afternoon,
go straight home so an adult will know where you are.
|N.C. Department of Transportation
Division of Motor Vehicles
School Bus & Traffic Safety Section
1100 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27697-0001
|phone: (919) 861-3109
|fax: (919) 715-3306
Report of violation of
School Bus Law (G. S. 20-2 17) (MS
Doc file) or (PDF
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Carolina Department of Transportation, Division
of Motor Vehicles, School Bus &
Traffic Safety Section.
For a copy of this brochure, call (919) 861-3109.