NOTICE OF CHANGES TO BUS ROUTES
The following information pertains to changes in routes due to extensive flooding in the Swain attendance area. These changes will be in effect until further notice. Please read carefully for street listings. These changes are in ADDITION to roads that are normally serviced by these busses. If a street is NOT listed, the route has not changed. Should you have questions, please contact the Transportation office at 706-629-1804. Thank you in advance for you patience as we work through this weather event.
Elementary students who live on Switch Road, Reeves Station up to Switch Road, Switch Connector, Webber Road, Webberdale Road, and Cantrell Road will be serviced by Swain 2. Routes will run approximately 5 minutes later than normal, but please be prepared for pick ups at regular time.
Elementary students who live on Oostanaula Bend, Old Rome Dalton Road, Herrington Bend, and Scott Circle will now be serviced by Swain 3. Routes may run approximately 5 minutes later than normal, but please be prepared for pick ups at regular time.
Middle and high school students who live on Switch Road, Reeves Station to Switch Road, Switch Connector, Webber Road, Webberdale Road, and Cantrell Road will now be serviced by Swain 3 for both morning and afternoon routes. Morning routes will begin pick up at 7:20 a.m.
Elementary students who live on Brownlee Mtn. Road, West Summit Road, East Summit Road, and Parkway Drive will now be serviced by Swain 4. Pick up times will be the same as normal.
River Bend Road students who ride Swain 5 will need to meet the bus at either the Autry Road/River Bend Road intersection or Cut Off Road at the north end near Dodd Cemetery Road. Elementary students will be picked up at approximately 6:15 a.m., and middle/high students will be picked up at approximately 7:10 a.m. Afternoon routes will also need to be met at these locations. Afternoon drop off for this route will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m. for elementary and 3:50 p.m. for middle/high school students. Elementary students must have someone at the stop to meet them.
Forest Drive will also be serviced by Swain 5. Elementary students will need to be at stops at 6:40 a.m. No change to timing for middle/high schools.
All students who live on Cedar Hill Drive will need to meet the bus at the intersection of Cedar Hill Drive and Mt. Zion Road. Elementary will pick up at 6:10 a.m. and middle/high will pick up at 7:10 a.m.
Elementary school students who live on Switch Road, Reeves Station to Switch Road, Switch Connector, Webber Road, Webberdale Road, and Cantrell Road will now be serviced by Swain 7 for the afternoon routes. Drop off will begin on this route at 2:25 p.m.. Students must have someone meet them at the stops.
Middle and high school students who live on Everett Springs, Flatwood Road, Church Road, Rock Creek Road, Battle Road, and Roland Hayes Parkway will now be serviced by Swain 7. First pick up for this route will begin at 6:45 a.m.
Phone: 706-629-7366 ext 8001
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Keith Brown, Director of Transportation
The Frontline System for your Child's Education
The Gordon County School Transportation Department operates on a twelve hour day making school bus service available for students enrolled in Gordon County Schools who reside in the school district of the school they are attending. School transportation is provided in conformance with pupil transportation policies and procedures established by the State Board of Education and the Gordon County Board of Education.
A fleet of 78 buses and 66 Drivers are required to service 105 individual routes carrying approximately 4000 students. Of the 78 buses, a reserve fleet of 16 buses is maintained for growth, back-up service, and for sport/activity trips. Most routes are two tier consisting of an elementary first tier route along with a combined middle school/high school second tier route. Of the 78 buses, our ESS Department utililzes 11 buses and drivers, which may individually service a mulitple of schools in both their morning and afternoon routes.
Gordon County's school bus fleet meets all national and state safety specifications. Each bus undergoes an annual safety inspection by the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles, as well as a monthly safety inspection conducted by our own Transportation fleet mechanics. The G.D.M.V. also conducts random safety checks throughout the year.
Bus drivers complete an intensive training program and must pass the road and written test required to secure a commercial driver's license (CDL Class B), with a Passenger, School Bus, and Air Brake endorsement. Before employment, each driver is required to undergo a physical examination to include a drug test. This process is repeated at the beginning of each school year. They are also subject to random drug testing through out the school year.
School transportation is a privilege and to maintain this privilege, a student must abide by established bus conduct rules. A pupil's transportation privilege may be suspended or revoked if conduct creates a disruption or safety hazard on the school bus. The principal or his/her designee handles all disciplinary action taken for misconduct on the school bus.
Only authorized personnel are allowed aboard a school bus. Authorized personnel include the driver, transportation department employees, pupils, approved school system personnel, chaperones, and law enforcement officers.
Written authorization from a parent, with the signature of a local school administrator must be presented to the bus driver in order for a student to leave the school bus at any stop other than his/her regular stop.
On occasion, a pupil may ride on a bus to which they are not regularly assigned if there is space available and the pupil has written authorization from a parent and signed by a local school administrator.