Thursday, 22 August 2013
As the school year begins, more than 700,000 students will be transported on school buses each day across North Carolina. Nationally, more than 450,000 public school buses travel about 4.3 billion miles a year to transport over 23.5 million children to and from school and school-related activities. Macon County students go back to school on Monday, Aug. 26.
The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is when children get on and off the bus. Loading and unloading is where children are in the most danger of not being seen by the bus driver. Specifically, the area 10- feet in front of the bus where the driver may be too high to see a child; 10-feet on either side of the bus, where a child may be in the driver’s blind spot; and the area behind the bus.
To prevent accidents and injuries, drivers, children and parents are advised to follow a few simple safety tips:
- When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.
- When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely.
- Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street or congregating near bus stops, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.
- Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
- Learn and obey the school bus laws in your state. Learn the "flashing signal light system" that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:
- Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
- Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has stopped, and that children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.
- Get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
- When the bus approaches, stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb, and line up away from the street.
- Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it's okay before stepping onto the bus.
- If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus before you cross. Be sure that the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.
- Use the handrails to avoid falls. When exiting the bus, be careful that clothing with draw strings, and book bags with straps don't get caught in the handrails or doors.
- Never walk behind the bus.
- Walk at least three giant steps away from the side of the bus.
- If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.
- Teach children to follow these common sense practices to make school bus transportation safer.
For more information on North Carolina’s Stop Arm Law, visit http://www.ncbussafety.org/SchoolBusSafety/SBSWlaw.html.
For more information on Highway Safety, contact First Sergeant Jeff Gordon at (919)733-5027 or
Principals in place in Macon County Schools
The shuffling of Macon County Schools administration is complete and the district leaders for the 2013-14 school year are in place.
Macon County Schools
Dr. Chris Baldwin – Superintendent
Cartoogechaye Elementary School
Josh Lynch – Principal
East Franklin Elementary School
Shirley Parks – Principal
Becky Montgomery – Lead Teacher
Franklin High School
Barry Woody – Principal
Pam Cabe – Assistant Principal
Kris Reis – Assistant Principal
Brian Jetter – Principal
Jim Draheim – Assistant Principal