Any person using, operating, or driving a vehicle on or over the roads or highways of this state shall, upon approaching any school bus which displays a stop signal, bring such vehicle to a full stop while the bus is stopped, and the vehicle shall not pass the school bus until the signal has been withdrawn. A person who violates this section commits a moving violation, punishable as provided in chapter 318. Any person using, operating, or driving a vehicle that passes a school bus on the side that children enter and exit when the school bus displays a stop signal commits a moving violation, punishable as provided in chapter 318, and is subject to a mandatory hearing under the provisions of s.318.9. The driver of a vehicle upon a divided highway with an unpaved space of at least 5 feet, a raised median, or a physical barrier is not required to stop when traveling in the opposite direction of a school bus which is stopped in accordance with the provisions of this section.
Remember they are transporting the most precious cargo, our children.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get transportation for my child?
Routing is based upon the legal address the school has on file for a student. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide documentation of their 911 address to the school (s). Transportation will assign a bus stop, in alignment with School Board policy and State guidelines
Why is the bus late?
School bus drivers can have the same reasons as motorist have for being late. Traffic delays, weather conditions, accidents or driver illness are just a few reasons. School buses also have mechanical breakdowns or “no starts” that cause delays in picking students up on time. The school bus driver must run the entire route in the morning regardless of any delays.
If a bus arrives at the school late the driver will send a note to the front office. The school bus driver will make every effort in the morning to be at each bus stop and assigned schools at the same time as much as humanly possible. If your child’s bus is continuously operating off schedule, please call the transportation office at 386-647-4125 or 386-647-4127 or 386-647-4128.
My child needs to go home with a friend or get off at a different bus stop from his/her assigned bus stop?
Bus passes can only be issued for an existing bus stop on a temporary basis. Parent/Guardian will need to send a written request to the principal for approval. If request is approved student will hand pass to bus driver upon boarding bus. Bus driver cannot accept hand written notes from parent/guardian, request must be approved by principal.
Is my child required to wear a seat belt?
Yes, FS 316.6145 require the use of seat belts by all students on a school bus with safety belts or restraint systems shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt at all times while the bus is in operation. The law requires the proper usage of the safety belt, therefore the passenger must be seated in a seat with a operable belt.
Can my child use his/her cell phone on the bus?
Wireless communication devices must not be visible, in use, or turned on while a student is on a school bus or in a school board vehicle.
Can I get my student off the bus at a stop other than their designated stop?
For the safety of all students, no student may depart the bus at any location other than his/her assigned bus stop and/or school.