School Year

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Be Aware!

School buses roll Aug. 1

As youth across Giles County prepare to return to school next week, the Board of Education is urging all citizens to keep safety in the forefront of their minds.

In today's world, with technology always at hand, it can be easy to fall in the category of distracted motorists or pedestrians. With distraction comes the possibility of danger.

The first official day of school in Giles County is Monday, Aug. 1, when students will attend from 8-11 a.m. Buses will run on that half day.

The Giles County Board of Education is reminding motorists to be alert and respectful around buses, schools and other areas filled with students. When school buses are stopped, red lights are flashing and the stop arm is activated, motorists must stop to allow students to exit and enter the bus. They also encourage pedestrians to remain aware of their surroundings and resist the potentially deadly distractions offered by mobile devices.

"Giles County Schools and bus drivers are very conscientious when it comes to safely transporting students. "We must practice school bus safety at all times," said Pupil Transportation Supervisor Dr. Casey Lewis. "We ensure our bus fleet meets all federal and state safety requirements and our school bus drivers are screened and highly trained."

Though they go to great lengths to ensure safety, the Board of Education reminds all citizens that they cannot do it alone. It is everyone's role to ensure the safety of students in their travels to and from school each day.

Lewis urges families to remind their bus riders to stay several steps away from the outside of the bus, wait for the bus to stop completely before getting on or off, wait for the driver's okay signal to cross the street in front of the bus, stay away from bus wheels and do not pick up items dropped near the bus but instead alert the driver.

Students are also asked to be respectful when riding a Giles County School Bus. In striving to safely commute students to and from their respective schools, bus drivers have an extremely important yet daunting task. Students behaving in a respectful manner helps rid distraction from the driver and makes the bus ride more pleasurable for all.

GCHS Traffic Change

Lewis wishes to make all citizens aware of traffic changes taking place at Giles County High School in order to help with congestion.

"We have created a new system of pick up and drop off for Giles County High students that we feel will help traffic flow safer and better for all," Lewis said. Accompanying this story is a map to help demonstrate the new system at GCHS.

There are many things to keep in mind when it comes to the start of the school year. Lewis hopes that in thinking of school supplies, new teachers, new books and all the fun experiences soon to be had, all citizens will also keep transportation safety in mind.