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Pasco drivers beware: School buses are back on the roads Monday

Heading to work or have an appointment you want to be on time for Monday morning? Then you might want to set your alarm clock a few minutes earlier tonight.

Monday marks the first day of school for Pasco County students. The yellow buses will be out in force, transporting some 36,000 kids.

That could slow things down a bit, and drivers are asked to watch out and to show a little patience.

"The kids are going to be out and about," said Gary Sawyer, director of transportation for Pasco County schools. "Kids will be walking to school, kids will be riding the bus, kids will be driving and waiting at bus stops, so everybody needs to be careful."

Commuters might want to get an early start and should also be aware of traffic back-ups in school zones, especially on roads like U.S. 41 that are undergoing construction.

Buses may run behind schedule during the first week of school, Sawyer said, so students may get home a little later than usual. Those who did not get bus information at school orientation can check online at or call the transportation department at (727) 774-0400.

Fast facts

Back to school means bus safety rules

Students are required to obey driver's hand signals when crossing the road.

Students are required to wear safety restraints when they are available on the bus.

General school rules will apply on the bus, although quiet talking is permitted.

Students will be at the bus stop five minutes prior to scheduled time.

Students will stand off the roadway while waiting for the bus.

Students will board and leave the bus at their assigned bus stops unless other arrangements are made by written request of the parent and signed by the principal or designee.

Students will not distract the bus driver.

Students will sit properly and remain seated while the bus is in motion.

Students will not throw or project anything inside or out of the bus.

Students will not litter, mark, deface or damage any part of the bus.

Students will sit in any seat assigned to them.

Students will not eat, drink or smoke on the bus.

The emergency exit will be used only in cases of emergency.

No animals (dead or alive), glass or glass containers, sharp objects, ball bats, cutting instruments, batons, drumsticks or other objects that could become dangerous projectiles during a sudden stop or accident will be allowed on the bus without prior permission of the driver.

Large objects (larger than students can safely hold in their laps), including band instruments, which interfere with seating and safety of others, will not be permitted on the bus without prior permission of the driver.

Students will not exit the rear emergency door of the school bus except in an emergency situation as determined by the bus driver.

Students will not engage in behaviors that could negatively impact the safety of those aboard the bus.

Pasco drivers beware: School buses are back on the roads Monday 08/14/10 [Last modified: Saturday, August 14, 2010 1:53pm]
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