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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:

  1. Face the front of the bus
  2. Talk quietly to the person in the seat beside them
  3. Remain seated at all times

Bus Riding Privileges may be Revoked for any of the Following

(North Carolina Public School Law 115-C-245)

  1. Refusing to be seated
  2. Refusing to remain seated/moving up and down the aisle while the bus is moving
  3. Not allowing others to be seated
  4. Fighting
  5. Throwing objects in or out of the bus
  6. Spitting/Littering
  7. Unnecessary noise, yelling or talking too loudly
  8. Tampering with bus equipment/emergency door
  9. Inappropriate language
  10. Distracting the driver
  11. Eating or drinking on the school bus
  12. Rude or discourteous conduct
  13. Bringing radios, video games or any other electronic equipment

If a student breaks a rule, the following consequences are applied:

  1. Warning conference with the student
  2. Call or note to the parent.  Note must be signed and returned the next day.
  3. 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.


Car Rider Information

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 the school.


Bus 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 way.

  • 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 and left.

  • 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 arm.

  • Remind your children to be good bus riders. They should:

       1 - Talk quietly.

       2 - 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.

Source: http://itre.ncsu.edu/GHSP/parents.html


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 the stairs.

  • When entering the bus, go directly to a seat. Remain seated and facing forward for the entire ride.

  • Always speak in a quite whisper on bus so the driver will not be distracted.

  • Never throw things on the bus or out the window.

  • 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 instructions.

  • 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 a train.

  • 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 crossing.

  • 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.

Source: http://itre.ncsu.edu/GHSP/parents.html


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

North Carolina School Bus Stop Law


Report of violation of School Bus Law (G. S. 20-2 17) (MS Doc file) or (PDF file)

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Original brochure designed and produced by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles, School Bus & Traffic Safety Section.

For a copy of this brochure, call (919) 861-3109.

Source: http://itre.ncsu.edu/GHSP/SBSWlaw.html

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