*October 24, 2016: Please note our policy that covers cell phone use, texting and other hand held devices for drivers and students (3301-83-20) who utilize our transportation:
Except in cases of extreme emergency, cellular telephones, including hands-free and wireless devices, or other portable communication devices shall not be used by the driver while the school bus is in motion or while the driver is supervising the loading or unloading of students.
Students should also be advised by parents, teachers and bus drivers not to use cell phones or electronic devices when loading or unloading or when they may become a distraction to their own or others’ safety.
Students need to remain free of distractions when crossing the Street or waiting for the bus to arrive where traffic could be a hazard.
*October 17-21st is National School Bus Safety Week. During the week drivers will be conducting their Emergency Evacuation drills. Each student will participate in a rear door and split/front door drill. Please note that buses could arrive home a little later than normal each day. Students will take part in drills on Tuesday, October 18th and buses will run at least five minutes behind schedule that day.
School bus safety depends on everyone working together. Drivers team with pedestrians, students, parents, and all motorists to ensure safety. Parents and student drivers- please take a minute to review the following information: Bus Safety 2016.
*October 13, 2016 ....TRAFFIC ALERT: Gifford Road in Henrietta Township near Route 113 is closed through Garfield Road for emergency repair. Work is expected to be done by 5 p.m. Tuesday, weather permitted. Expect some minor time delays with the afternoon bus routes.
*From time to time, the transportation department will experience delays. Many factors affect the time that it takes to transport children to and from school. Some of the issues that could possibly cause a delay include the need for substitute drivers, children not feeling well, mechanical issues, and unusual traffic patterns.
With that in mind, please don’t be alarmed if students are dropped off after school on a schedule that fluctuates 10-15 minutes, or longer. While our drivers work extremely hard to stay on schedule, delays will happen. The safety of our students will always come first, and sometimes the routes will take a little longer.
If an unusual situation were to occur that would cause a long delay, our transportation department will contact parents with information. To help expedite this process, please remember to update contact information with the building secretaries.
School bus notes
With the safety of your child in mind, school transportation must remain consistent. Variable and alternating days will not be allowed. However, we realize that emergencies do occur. In the event of an emergency, parents will need to call Mr. Milt Saylerl @ (440) 965-4105 to see if a possible alternate bus route is available 24 hours in advance. If this one time change is approved, parents also need to send a note with the child to be given to the bus driver upon boarding. If Mr. Sayler does not have space available on a particular bus route or if a child does not bring a note, the one-time, temporary route change will be refused out of safety concerns.
The Transportation Department is currently seeking individuals looking for employment as Substitute Bus Drivers.
All interested individuals will need to complete an Employment Application and pass a Criminal Background Check, before being placed on the Substitute Calling List.
Applications can be emailed to Lseman@firelandsschools.org. Additional information may be obtained by calling the Board of Education at 440-965-5821.