08/26 MCS Deploys School Bus Stop Arm Safety Initiative
This school year, Marietta City Schools (MCS) and American Traffic Solutions (ATS) are deploying CrossingGuard®
, ATS’ new technology to help school districts address the growing problem of illegal passing of stopped school buses that are boarding or disembarking children. In 2011, Georgia passed legislation to permit counties to equip school buses with video cameras to catch drivers who illegally drive by school buses when they stop to pick up or drop off students. More»
Marietta City Schools Partners For School Bus Stop Arm Safety Initiative
Marietta City Schools
(MCS) and American Traffic Solutions (ATS) are collaborating to deploy CrossingGuard®
, ATS’ new technology to help school districts address the growing problem of illegal passing of stopped school buses that are boarding or disembarking children. In 2011, Georgia passed legislation to permit counties to equip school buses with video cameras to catch drivers who illegally drive by school buses when they stop to pick up or drop off students.
Team Recognized – Cobb 2020 Health Partnership
In the past ten weeks every member of the Marietta City Schools' transportation drive team who committed to the Cobb2020 Health Improvement Initiative
by initiating healthy lifestyle changes has lost five or more pounds, shedding a total of 147.2 pounds altogether! Cobb2020 congratulates the Marietta City Schools' Drive Team.
Be Cautious - School Buses Loading Passengers
Cobb Police Department is conducting Operation Stop Arm
and warning all drivers to respect school buses. Georgia has a School Bus Stop Law. All traffic in both directions must stop when school buses stop for passengers, except when there is a divided highway of four lanes or more with a median separation. In that case, only traffic following the bus must stop. When an officer catches drivers violating this law, the penalties are a possible court appearance, an up to $1,000 fine, six points on driving record and a license suspension for convicted drivers under 21 years old. When a stop arm camera catches drivers, the penalties are a $300 fine for the first offense, $750 fine for the second offense and $1,000 fine for the third offense, within a five year period.
School Bus Safety Facts
Bus Safety Is Every Student's Responsibility
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "School buses remain one of the safest forms of transportation in the United States."
However, proper student behavior while on the bus leads to a safe environment for everyone and plays an important role in bus safety.
Video: School Bus Safety is Every Student's Responsibility
What should parents (guardians) do if their student does not arrive at his/her bus stop?
Parents should contact the Marietta City Schools (MCS) Transportation Department Dispatch Desk at 770.429.3110 ext. 110, 111 or operation's supervisory staff at ext. 101, 102 or 103. Dispatch can usually communicate the name of the missing student to the driver to confirm if the student did indeed board the school bus. If this cannot be confirmed, dispatch will issue an "all call" to all bus routes from the student's school. Parents should also contact their school to determine if the student boarded a bus or is attending an After School Program.
What should parents (guardians) do if the school bus arrives late at the bus stop?
Parents should contact the MCS Transportation Department Dispatch Desk at 770.429.3110 ext. 110, 111 or operation's supervisory staff at ext. 101, 102 or 103 for an update on the bus route and any delays it may have encountered. Dispatch can also provide an update on the pickup or drop off time if the bus has already serviced the bus stop in question. If the bus is more than 10-15 minutes late in the morning, parents should contact the Dispatch Desk for an updated arrival time. MCS Transportation will always run a bus to service a stop even if the bus is going to run late. Breakfast is held for any students arriving late to school aboard a school bus and students are not counted as tardy.
Bus Routes/School Eligibility
Please check the Route Schedules for your student’s school below. Routing information is posted for the 2013-2014 school year. Slight adjustments continue to be made; therefore, please verify your bus and stop information prior to the start of school. The PM stop time may vary slightly depending upon actual dismissal time from the school especially during the first 10 days of school. Elementary schools need to ensure that all bus riders have orange (8 and under) or green (9 and older) identification tags to help bus drivers identify the students and their proper bus stop. All parents are asked to ensure that their elementary aged children who ride the bus keep the orange and green tags attached to their book bags. This aids the schools and bus drivers in delivering your child to their bus stop.
There will be few changes during the first ten days of school while we review all Bus Stop Appeals and add any stops that are needed. All bus stop changes will appear on new routes that will be posted to change August 22nd . All students affected by any changes will receive a letter with those changes. Parents are asked to transport their children to the closest bus stop or to their school if necessary.
Please be reminded that students should be at the bus stop at least five (5) minutes before the scheduled bus arrival time in the morning for their safety.
Students who are eight years and younger should have a responsible person (13 and older) meet them at their afternoon bus stop. Students eight and under may be returned to MCAA, 311 Aviation Road, Marietta GA for their parents to pick them up.
- Middle and High School routes start at 6:30 a.m.
- Elementary routes start at 7:00 a.m.
- Sixth Grade Academy/MCAA routes start at 7:40 a.m.
From the Master Route/Stop Locator page scroll down to locate your street name or a street within your neighborhood, and pick the bus stop closest to your home address. The bus route number and pick up time will be listed. You may then look at the exact route and determine where the other stops are in your community,
Each school Master Routes/Stop Locator list has all the bus stops within your school’s district listed in alphabetical order.
Please fill out the bus stop appeal form and return to your child’s school or the Transportation Department.
Bus Stop Appeal Form
For more information on locating your bus stop contact the transportation department at (770) 429-3110 extensions 100, 101 or 111