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Preliminary Bus Schedules/Routes for Carroll County Schools

Get to know your child's bus route and offer up a smile for the bus driver.

In a county with 43 public schools and more than 26,000 students, you can imagine that transportation planning would be a complex process. Add to that the shifting of school start and end times throughout the county and you have a massive undertaking. 

According to the Carroll County Public Schools website, there are 367 buses serving Carroll County school children between regular education, special education and spare buses. Carroll County school buses travel 5.3 million miles annually to deliver our children safely to and from school.

Last year, did you know the name of your child's bus driver and/or did you ever have a conversation with him or her? Tell us in comments, how friendly are you with your child's bus driver?

A preliminary bus schedule, including bus routes and times, is available on the CCPS website. As you are planning for the first day of school on Aug. 27, be sure to check out the bus schedule to ensure you know where your kids will be picked up and at what time.

According to the CCPS transportation department, many bus drivers will be driving new routes which means new faces and new roads. You can help by being on time and prepared the first day of school. 

In a newsletter to CCPS transportation employees, it is noted that a child who rides the bus every day to and from school will interact with a bus driver 360 times a year and 4,680 times over the course of his or her 13-year education.

Call the transportation department at 410-751-3229 with questions.

 

Other Patch articles on this topic:

Kym Byrnes July 25, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I don't know, I'll check in with the Board of Education. Thanks!
jag August 01, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Any luck Kym? I would be interested in the BOE's response. I'm surprised parents, putting their children on buses, haven't requested this before now.
Kym Byrnes August 01, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Hi Jag. I'm sorry I didn't update on this comment thread as I did receive a response from Mike Hardesty, Director of Transportation for public schools. He said that they are working towards some type of ID system for bus drivers but it's a challenge because Carroll County uses more than 60 bus contractors and those drivers are employees of the contractor. He said it's difficult for the school system to keep up with personnel changes of more than 450 drivers from 60 different contractors. I will be posting a short story on this later today with more details. Thanks for your inquiry!
jag August 01, 2012 at 04:31 PM
That's a pretty scary thought that the BOE's Transportation Dept. can not keep up with the bus drivers regardless of the number of contractors. These folks are driving our children back and forth to school everyday. I will be interested to read your story.
Kym Byrnes August 09, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Here is an update on the school bus driver ID issue http://patch.com/A-wMxD. Also, the final school bus routes are now posted on www.carrollk12.org.

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