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Here Comes The Bus App
Here Comes the Bus is an easy-to-use website and app* that enables you to see the location of your child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. This way, you know when the bus is near your stop, so you can send your child out at just the right time.
District Code: 87272
Please remember that video surveillance may be used to promote order, to maintain the security, health, welfare, and safety of student, driver and any other passenger on OCS buses.
- Before becoming a school bus driver for the district, drivers must meet strict requirements. They include, but are not limited to:
- At least 18 years old.
- Possess a valid NC CDL (Commercial Driver's License) with P (Passenger) and S (School Bus) Endorsements and a clean driving record.
- Pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
- Pass a pre-employment drug test.
- School Bus Driver Training Checklist:
- For those drivers that are new to North Carolina, or that reside in North Carolina, but do not have a CDL, training classes are mandatory prior to getting behind the wheel. All candidates are pre-screened before inviting them to the training classes. Below is a brief summary of the process.
- Apply to Orange County Schools http://www.orangecountyfirst.com/careers
- Background check.
- Selected to attend training class by interview panel.
- Successfully pass written tests for their Commercial Driver's License.
- Pass a pre-employment drug test.
- Obtain a DOT Medical Card.
- Obtain a Class B Learner's Permit and hold for 14 days.
- Successfully pass three days of on-the-road training with DMV Driver Trainer.
- All criteria listed above must also be met before employment.
Transportation Department Overview
Each day, more than 3500 students ride a school bus operated by the Orange County Schools Transportation Department. Each year the district’s buses travel more than 1,258,151 miles. The Transportation Department employs 64 bus drivers, eight technicians who work in Hillsborough and Chapel Hill, and six office staff.
The Orange County Transportation Department oversees the operation of 142 school buses. In addition, the district has additional activity buses that are also used to transport students to field trips and sporting events.
I moved over the weekend. Who do I contact to get a new bus assignment 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 address to the school. The school will notify the Transportation Department. Transportation will assign a safe bus stop in alignment with School Board policy and State guidelines.
Can my child use one stop in the morning and another one in the afternoon?
- Yes, a child can have separate stop locations in the morning and in the afternoon. To set it up each year a note must be sent from the parent/guardian stating howoften and where the stop location is. The note must be signed by an administrator and then given to the bus driver.
Can a stop be set for after school care for my child?
- Each elementary school has on-site daycare programs and we provide transportation to a couple of off-site day care facilities. We do not transport to other day care locations other than the approved sites for each school.
Whose responsibility is it to inform me that my child’s bus was going to be 1 ½ hours late?
- A bus is late when it has not arrived more than 30 minutes after its scheduled arrival time. When a bus is late due to unforeseen circumstances the Transportation Department notifies the school.
Who is responsible for informing me that the stop was moved/different route/different drop off or pick up time?
- The Transportation Department notifies the schools of any route or time changes. The schools assist the Transportation Department in relaying that information to the parents. It is often requested that they provide written documentation concerning any route or schedule changes to the parents.
There is a special education stop located next door to me going to the same school. Can my child ride that bus instead of walking a mile to the current stop?
- No. Only children with an Individual Education Plan stating that special accommodations are necessary for them to be safely transported to and from school are allowed on the Special Education Buses.
Can I drive my child to an alternative bus stop?
- A student is assigned a stop based on their legal address. Routes are set up based on those assignments as is the size of the bus assigned to the route. Driving a child to an alternative stop could cause the bus to be overloaded. Also, it becomes a challenge for parents to continue to meet the bus with the fluctuation of time due to the majority of the routes being in the rural areas and traffic patterns. This leads to a breakdown in the safety of the student on the bus