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School buses run smoothly
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The Bulloch County school system reported few problems busing students Tuesday morning after flash flooding closed a number of roads Monday night.

By Tuesday morning, only six roads were closed from the flooding, Bulloch County Schools Transportation Director Paul Webb and the county Emergency Management Agency reported.

Webb was in touch with EMA late into the night and again Tuesday beginning at 6 a.m. for the most current reports of road conditions and closures. Webb said Bulloch County school bus routes ran smoothly. No buses became stuck, he said, and drivers were able to reach most of their stops.

"Bulloch County Schools has a well-trained transportation staff that has been recognized at the state and national level for its safety programs and driver skills," district spokeswoman Hayley Greene said in an email update Tuesday morning. "First and second-year drivers go through mandatory training on student management, student privacy, first aid, railroad crossings, bus loading/unloading, fire extinguisher use, backdoor locking/unlocking, bus mechanics, preparing a bus for inspection, driving range, preparing a bus for end-of-year return. All drivers are also required by BCS to test their driving skills on a standard bus range to keep skills sharp and help handle real-world, driving situations."

The district's fleet has 151 buses, the school system's drivers, mechanics, monitors and other support personnel twice each day transport more than 4,900 students to and from school. Drivers travel nearly 6,000 miles daily across more than 175 routes with more than 5,500 individual bus stops. Drivers also travel an additional 52,000 miles annually for 1,300 field trips, bringing the total annual miles traveled with routes and field trips to more than 1.5 million miles.

"Thank you to our ‘Driving Force' for a safe morning commute," Greene said.

 

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